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Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

Serial Rape Suspect Arrested After 27 Years

California authorities say they have the 'NorCal Rapist' in custody, thanks to DNA

(Newser) - It's taken nearly three decades, but California authorities think they've finally nabbed the "NorCal Rapist." At a Friday presser, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert said Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested Thursday as he showed up to work at... More »

Deputy Killed in Shootout at Calif. Auto Parts Store

Bystander, second officer wounded

(Newser) - Flags at California's Capitol are flying at half-staff after a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and a second wounded in a confrontation at a Pep Boys store. A bystander and the suspected gunman also were wounded in Monday afternoon's shootout at the auto parts store in... More »

Police ID Victims in Fatal Road-Rage Fight, Crash

Witnesses say one man used a bat to kill the other, then was hit by a car

(Newser) - Police in California now have a better idea what happened in a road-rage incident over the weekend that left two drivers dead. Vehicles driven by Jose Rodriguez-Carrasco, 37, and Jason Dykes, 39, hit each other on I-5 near Sacramento about 3:45am Sunday, reports the Sacramento Bee . The men drove... More »

Cop Car Hits Stephon Clark Protester in 'Hit and Run'

'If I did that I'd be charged,' demonstrator says

(Newser) - Tensions flared Saturday at a vigil for Stephon Clark in Sacramento when a sheriff's vehicle knocked over a protester and drove off, the Sacramento Bee reports. The protester, Amanda Cleveland, lay motionless on the street until taken to hospital, and was later released with bruises on her head and... More »

Stephon Clark Shot Multiple Times in Back

Private autopsy says he was shot 8 times in all, took up to 10 minutes to die

(Newser) - The family of Stephon Clark released the results of a private autopsy on Friday that shows police shot him eight times, mostly in the back, reports the Sacramento Bee . Bullets hit the 22-year-old in the back, neck, and thigh, per the Washington Post , and the AP says seven of the... More »

Protests Over Police Shooting Result in Sparse NBA Crowd

Game in Sacramento was delayed as protesters converged on arena in name of Stephon Clark

(Newser) - Body camera and helicopter footage of Sacramento police officers firing some 20 rounds at a 22-year-old father of two holding only a cellphone is out—and the reaction is intense. A day after the videos and 911 call audio were released, protesters blocked the entrance to Sacramento's Golden 1... More »

Man Was Holding Phone When Cops Killed Him in His Backyard

22-year-old Stephon Clark fatally shot by police in Sacramento

(Newser) - Stephon Clark was killed by California police in his own backyard when officers fired 20 rounds at him, striking him multiple times, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the Sacramento Bee , police in Sacramento were responding Sunday night to reports of a man breaking car windows when they found Clark in... More »

Man Vanishes on NY Ski Trip, Turns Up in Calif. 6 Days Later

Police say firefighter appears to have suffered head injury, memory loss

(Newser) - A Toronto fire captain's skiing trip to upstate New York turned into a cross-country trip to California—and authorities say he has no idea how. Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, who was reported missing in the Whiteface Mountain area Feb. 7, turned up 2,500 miles away, confused and still... More »

Hacker Wreaks Havoc on Sacramento Transit Site

Agency opts not to pay bitcoin ransom, and website is back online

(Newser) - Riders and officials of the Sacramento Regional Transit system got a surprise over the weekend when the agency's website displayed a message: “I’m sorry to modify the home page, i’m good hacker, i I just want to help you fix these vulnerability," it read in... More »

Hotel Shooting Leaves Sheriff's Deputy Dead

Two other officers were injured

(Newser) - A California sheriff's deputy has died after being shot at a hotel that was surrounded by police Wednesday in Sacramento, the AP reports. Authorities say three police officers and one suspect were shot during a vehicle theft investigation. Authorities say a male suspect had exited a hotel room and... More »

Cop Pummels Pedestrian in 'Disturbing' Video

Police say his actions are 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - A video taken from a police dashboard camera on Monday shows a white police officer approaching a black man, whom he accuses of jaywalking earlier in Sacramento, Calif. What the officer does next is "unacceptable" and has sparked a criminal investigation, according to the Sacramento Police Department. "... More »

They Shared a Liver, Bladder, and Leg, Until Now

17-hour procedure separates conjoined toddlers Erika and Eva Sandoval

(Newser) - "From one to two" is how the Sacramento Bee is framing the successful result of an intense surgery that separated 2-year-old conjoined twins in California. About 50 doctors and other medical staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto were in attendance during the 17-hour separation... More »

Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

Family of Man Shot 14 Times by Cops Wants Charges

Lawyer says police 'acted like big game hunters'

(Newser) - The family of a man killed in July by Sacramento police after 911 callers reported he was waving a knife and acting erratically demanded Monday that two officers face murder charges after dash-cam video revealed they talked inside their police cruiser about running him down. He dodged the cruiser twice... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Cops: Mom Staged Daughter's Abduction

She was angry with the girl's father, they say

(Newser) - Shavaughn Vaughn told police on Tuesday that her daughter was missing and that she suspected the 10-year-old’s father was hiding her somewhere. The report sparked an eight-hour search in Sacramento, complete with helicopters, the Sacramento Bee reports. In an interview with CBS 13 , Vaughn began to cry as she... More »

Tiger Killed by Mating Partner at California Zoo

Attack occurred within moments of introduction

(Newser) - A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said. The male tiger became aggressive with the 15-year-old Baha minutes after a physical introduction, the zoo said in a statement.... More »

Man Arrested in Stabbing of Train Hero

Sacramento suspect didn't know who Spencer Stone was, cops say

(Newser) - A man accused of stabbing Paris train hero Spencer Stone in the back last month has been arrested on an attempted murder charge and is being held without bail. Police in Sacramento say James Tran, a 28-year-old gang affiliate with a criminal history, was arrested early Wednesday and no other... More »

American Who Foiled French Train Attack Is Stabbed

Spencer Stone was attacked in Sacramento

(Newser) - One of the three Americans who helped stop an apparent terror attack aboard a French train is hospitalized in Sacramento after being stabbed, reports KCRA . The details on what happened to Spencer Stone are fuzzy, but police say the assault took place about 12:45am outside a stretch of popular... More »

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