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'True Hero' of Stabbing Rampage Emerges

Suspect is identified as 18-year-old student Faisal Mohammad

(Newser) - Byron Price was finishing up a construction job at UC Merced on Wednesday when he heard an uproar from inside a classroom. Expecting to find a fight, "I went to open the door to break it up and see if everybody was okay and they all screamed 'run'... More »

Woman Busted Entering Maternity Ward—With a Doll

Cops fear she wanted to trade it for real baby

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested for trespassing after she apparently tried to use baby dolls as her ticket to a maternity ward. Accompanied by an unidentified man, Tonya Whitney tried on two separate occasions to get into Mercy Medical Center Merced's area for newborns, police say, via the San ... More »

Teen Swept Over 594-Foot Yosemite Waterfall

Fall would be impossible to survive, rangers say

(Newser) - After a day and a half of searching, rescue teams in Yosemite National Park fear a notorious stretch of river has claimed yet another life. Aleh Kalman, 19, was swimming in the Merced River 150 feet upstream from Nevada Fall on Saturday afternoon when he was caught by the current... More »

3rd Body Found in Yosemite River

Discovery is likely waterfall victim Ramina Badal

(Newser) - Yosemite park rangers believe a grim find in the Merced River will allow them to close the books on one of the park's worst tragedies. A body discovered in the river is believed to be that of 21-year-old Ramina Badal, the third of three young hikers swept over a... More »

Michelle to California Grads: We Need You

First lady exhorts public service as 12K attend speech to 500 grads

(Newser) - While her husband’s commencement speeches were plagued by controversy, Michelle Obama received adoration from graduates at the University of California, Merced, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. During a 29-minute address on a 100-degree day, the first lady encouraged graduates to pursue public service careers. “We are going to... More »

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