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Motorcycles Cruising Between Cars May Soon Be Legal in First State

Lane-splitting bill would make California first to formalize practice

(Newser) - Lane-splitting—where motorcycles pass other cars in traffic by cruising in between—might soon be legal in at least one state: California. The state's Assembly unanimously passed a bill Thursday giving the California Highway Patrol authority to create guidelines for the practice, reports the Los Angeles Times . The bill,... More »

Pole Slices Through Bus in California, Killing 5

5 others airlifted to a hospital

(Newser) - A charter bus veered off a central California freeway before dawn Tuesday and struck a pole head-on, killing five people and sending at least five others to hospitals, authorities say. The pole of a highway exit sign sliced the unmarked white bus nearly in half lengthwise , reports the AP . "... More »

Cops Spent 4 Hours Looking for a 'Unicorn'

Runaway pony in costume was eventually found in an orchard

(Newser) - California Highway Patrol spent hours searching for a "unicorn" on Wednesday. Yes, really. A white pony named Juliette, adorned with a horn as part of a fairy-tale photo shoot in Madera Ranchos, Calif., suddenly took off on her handler, reports CNN . She was caught but soon escaped again. Police... More »

'Spirit in the Sky' Singer Critically Injured

Motorcyclist killed in accident that injured Norman Greenbaum

(Newser) - The singer-songwriter behind the 1969 rock hit "Spirit in the Sky" was hospitalized yesterday after being critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist. Norman Greenbaum, 72, a longtime resident of Santa Rosa, was the passenger in a Subaru Outback that collided with a motorcycle... More »

David Crosby Slams Into Jogger at 55mph

California runner expected to survive

(Newser) - A jogger in California is lucky to be alive after an encounter with folk-rock legend David Crosby. Jose Jimenez, 46, was on a road near Crosby's Santa Ynez when the singer hit him in his 2015 Tesla, which was traveling at or near the 55mph speed limit, CNN reports.... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

Grandmother Beaten by Cop Gets $1.5M

California Highway Patrol officer 'elects to resign'

(Newser) - A 51-year-old grandmother punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign. The punching occurred after motorists' 911 calls reported that Marlene Pinnock, who... More »

Family to Sue After Cop Beats Grandmother

Officer caught repeatedly punching woman in the street

(Newser) - A California family says it intends to file a civil rights lawsuit after video surfaced of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the side of the highway. The woman, 51-year-old grandmother Marlene Pinnock, was unarmed. According to the arrest report, the woman, who... More »

Video Shows California Trooper Pummeling Woman

State highway patrol is investigating

(Newser) - The California Highway Patrol is taking flak over a much-trafficked cellphone video that shows an unidentified officer repeatedly punching a woman on the ground by a Los Angeles freeway, reports AP . A passing motorist filmed the incident and passed it on to media outlets. The woman had been walking along... More »

Dad Tried in Vain to Save Family in Fiery Calif. Crash

Was following wife, 4 kids when vehicle hit their SUV

(Newser) - A California father who was driving behind his family's SUV tried in vain to save them from the fiery wreckage after a vehicle ran a stop sign near Fresno and plowed into their vehicle. The man's 29-year-old wife and their four children—1- and 3-year-old boys and girls... More »

17 People Called 911 About Wrong-Way Driver

She was seen on 2 freeways before crash killed 6

(Newser) - The woman accused of killing six people in a horrific crash in California was spotted driving the wrong way on two freeways before she drove her Camaro at 100mph into a Ford Explorer, the California Highway Patrol says. At least 17 witnesses called 911 before the crash to report seeing... More »

Cop Cuffs Firefighter Who Was Helping Crash Victims

CHP officer ordered firefighter to move truck

(Newser) - In what fire and police chiefs are calling an "unfortunate incident," a firefighter tending to victims at a freeway crash scene Tuesday night was handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car by a California Highway Patrol officer. As CBS8 cameras rolled, the police officer ordered... More »

8 Dead in California Tour Bus Crash

At least two dozen others hurt in 3-vehicle collision

(Newser) - At least eight people were killed and another two dozen injured after a tour bus crashed on a mountain road around 80 miles east of Los Angeles, CBS reports. Authorities say the bus, which originated in Tijuana, Mexico, collided with a truck and a sedan on State Route 38, reports... More »

California Man Found Alive Week After Car Crash

Michael Sanchez was found unconscious just yards from crash site

(Newser) - A San Jose man is fighting for his life in a hospital after spending a week without food or water in a thicket close to where his pickup crashed. Police following up a missing persons report found Michael Sanchez, 25, lying unconscious just yards from where his vehicle veered off... More »

California's Newest Threat: Highway Robbers

Police set up task force to track them down

(Newser) - California cops have created a new task force to deal with an unlikely threat: highway robbers. At least seven drivers reported being set upon by armed robbers while their cars were disabled on the side of the road in the wee hours of Sept. 18-19, the LA Times reports. “... More »

Calif. AG to Probe Schwarzenegger Sex Arrangements

Tabloid claims Arnold used security detail to cover up affairs

(Newser) - California's attorney general will investigate accusations that Arnold Schwarzenegger used state-funded security personnel to help arrange and cover up his extra-marital activities, according to Radar . William Taylor, a former law enforcement officer who claims to have been head of security at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, has told the National ... More »

Guy Gets 15 Months for Laser Pointer Prank

Unfortunately, it was a police helicopter he was pointing it at

(Newser) - Annoying: Pointing a laser pointer at anyone. Stupid: Pointing it at a highway patrol helicopter. But that’s what a 19-year-old California man did last year—while the helicopter was assisting in a burglary investigation, no less—and Nathan Ramon Wells was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for... More »

Calif. Race Truck Hits Crowd, Kills 8

Driver unhurt, chased from scene by mob

(Newser) - An off-road truck plowed into a crowd and scattered "bodies everywhere" moments after sailing off a jump at a California race yesterday, killing eight people and leaving 12 injured, authorities and witnesses said. " There were just bodies everywhere," he said. "One woman with a major head... More »

'Painter of Light' Busted on DUI Suspicion

Bankrupt Thomas Kinkade impaired but 'very polite': cops

(Newser) - "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over near his California home. Kinkade is having a rough month, Scripps Howard notes—his company has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of a multimillion-dollar federal fraud claim against him. "Tom is... More »

Family of Cop Killed in Crash Sues Toyota

Mark Saylor's death put focus on Toyota safety

(Newser) - Relatives of the California Highway Patrol officer whose death sparked the first wave of Toyota recalls are taking the automaker to court. Mark Saylor was killed along with his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law when his Lexus ES350 was involved in a high-speed crash on a freeway last summer. The relatives... More »

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