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Leaf Blower 'Prank' Causes Theater Stampede

Suspects revved what people thought was chainsaw during showing of The Gift

(Newser) - California police are looking for two or three males who terrified moviegoers during a showing of The Gift in Newport Beach on Saturday. At least one man in Edwards Big Newport 6 opened an emergency exit to let in another man carrying what viewers thought was a chainsaw. He hoisted... More »

Epic Surf Wows California

Hurricane Marie's waves pound coast

(Newser) - Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders, and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught. A third day of waves spawned by the... More »

Tsunami Study Has Bad News for SoCal

Low-lying areas face disaster; 750K would have to evacuate

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey has simulated the effects of a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off Alaska—and for southern California, the results could be disastrous. Some 750,000 would need to evacuate coastal areas within a matter of hours as floods spread in Long Beach and Orange County, the Los Angeles ... More »

Teen Driver in 5-Death Crash Had No License

Abdulrahman Alyahyan was cited for violation

(Newser) - The teen driver in a Memorial Day car accident called the " worst solo crash in recent memory " didn't have a valid driver's license, and he was cited last month for violating his provisional one, the Los Angeles Times reports. Abdulrahman Alyahyan, 17, received a citation for... More »

'Worst Solo Car Crash in Memory' Kills 5 Calif. Teens

Scene so horrific responders thought 2 cars were involved

(Newser) - A fiery car wreck on Memorial Day has left five California teens, including two sisters, dead and the city of Newport Beach in shock over what authorities say is the worst solo crash in memory, reports the LA Times . Police say a 17-year-old student was speeding when he swerved off... More »

Shooter Fires Gun Outside Mall, Sparks Mass Panic

Newport Beach police arrest 42-year-old security guard

(Newser) - Police in Newport Beach, Calif., arrested a man yesterday for allegedly firing off about 50 rounds outside a shopping mall and causing mass panic, the Orange County Register reports. Police say Marcos Gurrola, a 42-year-old licensed security guard, shot his handgun in the air outside Macy's at Fashion Island... More »

Teen Buried Alive in Sand for 30 Mins.

He survived after rescuers dug him out

(Newser) - A California teen accidentally buried himself alive yesterday when a tunnel he was building at Newport Beach collapsed on him. Matt Mina, 17, was trapped under about seven feet of sand for nearly half an hour with his arms pinned behind him, trying to build pockets of air with his... More »

Baby Sea Lion Goes Up on the Roof

California man hears noises, finds visitor on 2nd-floor deck

(Newser) - A California man who heard noises outside his apartment investigated and found himself nose-to-snout with a baby sea lion—on his two-story building's roof deck. "I think, maybe this guy can be my friend?" blogged Mike Kai . "Maybe he can live in my bathtub like the 1994 classic... More »

YouTube Fish Video May Lead to Charges

Crowd cheers as man pulls endangered fish to shore

(Newser) - A man may face charges for failing to help a black sea bass at Newport Beach, Calif. On Jan. 3, the fisherman accidentally caught the bass, which is a protected species. As boaters motored it ashore, he swam out, loosened the line and pulled the fish out of the water... More »

Tawny Kitaen Hit With DUI Charge

Bachelor Party star busted after fender bender

(Newser) - Troubled actress Tawny Kitaen, best known as the bombshell star of 1984's Bachelor Party, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of DUI, according to Newport Beach, Calif., police. A veteran of the TV show Celebrity Rehab, Kitaen has a history of drug abuse, but it wasn't clear whether she was drunk... More »

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