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'Terrifying' Glass Slide Hangs 1K Feet Above LA

And you can ride it for $33

(Newser) - Think China's glass bridge is a bit freaky? Check out this video of AP reporter Amanda Lee Myers sliding down a glass slide. Did we mention it's 1,000 feet above the ground? The 45-foot Skyslide, as it's known, connects the 69th and 70th floors of the... More »

No One Likes Left Turns, So Waze Is Getting Rid of Them

But only in one city so far

(Newser) - Waze, Google's map app, is notorious for forcing drivers to attempt uncontrolled left turns onto busy streets in an effort to get them where they're going in the shortest amount of time. “Many drivers (and especially LA drivers) know the feeling," Waze itself admits in a... More »

Woman, Toddler Die After Getting Into Burning SUV

Police don't know why the woman got into the burning car with the child

(Newser) - A woman placed a toddler in a burning SUV then climbed in, and both died in the fire, police said Friday. Deputies were called to a vehicle fire Thursday night in the unincorporated Athens area south of downtown Los Angeles and found the SUV engulfed in flames, the Los Angeles... More »

Cops: Armed Man Didn't Threaten LA Pride

Investigators don't know why Indiana man had guns, chemicals

(Newser) - Police have backtracked after initially saying James Wesley Howell wanted to do harm to Sunday's LA Pride parade—but it's still far from clear what the 20-year-old was doing thousands of miles from home with a car full of guns and chemicals used to make explosives. The AP... More »

Billionaire Heir Buys Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner is staying put

(Newser) - The Playboy mansion—complete with Hugh Hefner—has been snapped up by a party-loving neighbor. Daren Metropoulos, a 32-year-old billionaire heir who lives in an $18 million mansion next door to Hefner's longtime abode, is believed to be paying around $200 million for the 29-room mansion, the Guardian reports.... More »

Jurors Vote for Death Sentence for 'Grim Sleeper'

Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be formally sentenced later

(Newser) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who murdered nine women and a teenage girl over several decades in South Los Angeles, the AP reports. The verdict Monday came nearly a month after 63-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted... More »

Richard Simmons Hospitalized Over 'Bizarre Behavior'

Workout personality goes to Cedars-Sinai

(Newser) - Richard Simmons was hospitalized for a day over his apparently "bizarre behavior," TMZ reports. The workout guru's housekeeper called 911 on Friday when he became incoherent, sources say, and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles evaluated him for possible dementia, stroke, or other illness. No... More »

Graphic Novelist Accused of Girlfriend's Grisly Murder

Blake Leibel allegedly tortured and mutilated the mother of his newborn daughter

(Newser) - The son of a wealthy Canadian family stands accused of a horrifying Hollywood murder. The Washington Post says 35-year-old Blake Leibel is "fascinated by evil." He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and wrote a graphic novel about serial killers and a screenplay about a "madman on... More »

Guy Tracks Down Stranger Who Saved His Life

Retired judge put poster up at LA intersection

(Newser) - "Did you call 911 last March 17?" said a sign posted at a Hollywood intersection. "You saved my life. Please call me." The sign had been placed there by Leon, a retired judge who suffered a massive heart attack while driving that day. After being told that... More »

Cops: Cold Hand Bandits Rob 23 Banks in 7 Months

Police are worried the robberies will turn violent

(Newser) - Police are hoping to find three men they say are responsible for robbing 23 Los Angeles-area banks since November before things turn violent, NBC News reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the men have been dubbed the Cold Hand Bandits because they always walk into a bank with one hand... More »

Huge Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Squeezes Down LA Streets

It was expected to take up to 18 hours to move the tank 16 miles

(Newser) - A massive space shuttle fuel tank squeezed through the streets of Los Angeles and loomed over vehicles on a busy freeway Saturday to join the retired orbiter Endeavour on display at the California Science Center, the AP reports. The 33-ton, 154-foot-long external propellant tank began moving a few minutes after... More »

Feds Need Public Help Collecting Coyote Poop

The National Park Service wants to learn about urban coyotes

(Newser) - Don't mind searching for coyote poop, or parsing through that poop for digested food bits? Then the National Park Service (NPS) wants you. It's seeking volunteers to help find and analyze coyote excrement, called scat, across the Los Angeles area, My News LA reports. The idea is to... More »

Grim Sleeper Found Guilty of Killing 10 Women

A jury will now decide between life in prison or the death penalty

(Newser) - With a guilty verdict Thursday, the Grim Sleeper officially became one of the "most prolific and enduring serial killers" in California history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was convicted of murdering 10 women, one only 15 years old, between 1985 and 2007 in South Los... More »

Artist: I Was Attacked Over Nude Trump Painting

'I am scared for America,' says Illma Gore

(Newser) - From death threats to an alleged attack: Artist Illma Gore, whose unflattering pastel drawing of Donald Trump in the buff is hanging in a gallery in London, says a Trump supporter punched her in the face on a Los Angeles street as she walked near her home on Friday. Gore,... More »

Patton Oswalt Quotes Daughter on Wife's Death

7-year-old Alice has a few wise words

(Newser) - Comedian Patton Oswalt hasn't said much online about the sudden death of his wife , true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. But when he posted, People reports, it was a doozy: "When your mom dies you're the best memory of her," Oswalt quotes his 7-year-old daughter Alice as saying.... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

This Billboard Has Scientologists Fuming

Couple hopes to reconnect with 'disconnected' children

(Newser) - The last words Phil Jones heard from his son were, "I never want to talk to you again." That's the Church of Scientology for you, he tells Today . "It's a cruel and vindictive organization." Both in their 60s, Phil and wife Willie were members... More »

Marilyn Monroe's Old House May Get LA Politician Recalled

The house was demolished in June to make way for a condo

(Newser) - A Los Angeles city council member may lose his job because someone tore down a house once occupied by Marilyn Monroe, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Monroe lived in the Valley Village house a few miles north of Hollywood six decades ago, when she was 17-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty.... More »

Suspects Take Selfies After Crazy LA Chase

At one point, a TMZ tour bus got involved

(Newser) - Authorities arrested two burglary suspects who led them on a long, bizarre chase Thursday in a top-down convertible through rainy Southern California that ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed, the AP reports. The chase began around 2pm with a report... More »

Police Investigate Charlie Sheen for Felony Threats

The accusations come from his former fiancee

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly threatening his former fiancee, Scottine Ross, the Los Angeles Times reports. She claims Sheen threatened her with violence on multiple occasions. Ross, a former porn star, previously accused Sheen of assault, false imprisonment, failing to tell her... More »

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