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At Least 2 Dead in CA Medical Plane Crash

The small plane was carrying a pilot, patient, nurse, and medic

(Newser) - At least two people were killed when a small medical transport plane crashed early Friday in remote Northern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The plane was carrying a pilot, patient, transport medic, and flight nurse. Officials did not give any information on the conditions of the other two passengers.... More »

Suspect Dead, Teen Missing After Calif. Kidnapping

Car was spotted 300 miles south of where girl was last seen

(Newser) - A young man suspected of abducting a teenage girl in Northern California was killed Thursday after leading sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase and engaging in a shootout, authorities say. The girl is still missing. Fernando Castro, 19, whose car had been the subject of an Amber Alert for... More »

Police Hunt for Suspects After Fatal Shooting of HS Students

One student was killed, another wounded in quiet California community

(Newser) - An "upscale country club community" in Northern California is on edge after two high-school students were shot—one of them fatally—Wednesday evening on a local hiking trail, the AP reports. According to ABC 7 , police have arrested at least one suspect and are looking for two more. No... More »

Super-Strong Painkiller Kills 7 in Northern California

More than 20 are hospitalized over fentanyl

(Newser) - Seven people have died—and nearly two dozen others have been hospitalized—in California's Sacramento County after overdosing on fentanyl, reports CBS Sacramento . Fentanyl is a painkiller much stronger than morphine and can produce a euphoric high, reports the Los Angeles Times . According to the Sacramento Bee , it's... More »

Wave Hits Couple Walking on Beach, Only One Survives

A 60-year-old man appears to have died trying to rescue his wife

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man from Northern California is dead after he and his wife were swept out to sea by a powerful wave earlier this week, CBS San Francisco reports. It appears Larry and Claudia Moore were walking along the beach near Pacifica Pier when a sneaker wave pulled Claudia Moore... More »

Hunt for Abalone Way Deadlier Than You Think

Latest diver was found dead Sunday

(Newser) - A diver was found dead after searching for abalone off the coast of Northern California, becoming at least the ninth person to perish this year while seeking the delicacy. The body of Eric Stine, 58, was discovered Sunday in the surf in Manchester State Beach, 140 miles north of San... More »

Native Americans Get Their Land Back 150 Years Later

The Kashia band of Pomo Indians return home

(Newser) - A native American tribe in Northern California will no longer have to sneak through fences to conduct their sacred ceremonies. Thanks to a deal struck by landowners, Sonoma County leaders, and a public land trust, 700 acres along the coast will be returned to the Kashia band of Pomo Indians... More »

Cali Wildfires Kill 1, Destroy 1.4K Homes

And thousands more homes are being threatened

(Newser) - A new wildfire in Northern California has killed one person and destroyed or damaged 10 homes in Monterey County, a week after two other blazes killed five people and destroyed at least 1,400 homes, fire officials said today. The blaze burning about 2 miles north of the community of... More »

Family: Racist Camper Terrorized Us at Reunion

Now residents of Calif. community are crowdfunding to welcome them back

(Newser) - Kanisha Allen tells ABC10 that when she and other relatives, gathered at a Northern California campground on Rollins Lake for their annual family reunion, heard racist remarks from the campsite next to theirs on Saturday, they initially ignored them. "When you're African-American, you have to do that sometimes... More »

Sorry Robber Returns to Crime Scene, Hours Later

Cyle Abbott Jr. says he was trying to turn his life around

(Newser) - Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize. Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson said yesterday that 23-year-old Cyle Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized... More »

Deputy Who Killed Boy With BB Gun Won't Be Charged

Andy Lopez was carrying toy gun in rural California

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy who gunned down a 13-year-old carrying a BB gun in Northern California last year won't face criminal charges, but still has a civil suit coming down the pike, the Press Democrat reports. Deputy Erick Gelhaus "fired his weapon in response to what he honestly... More »

Sheriff: Angry Mom Throttles Alleged Bully

Delia Garcia-Bratcher is charged with injuring a child

(Newser) - A California mom went vigilante on Friday by grabbing and shoving an alleged 12-year-old bully on school grounds, authorities say. Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, was visiting Olivet Charter Elementary School in Santa Rosa, Calif., at lunchtime and asked her 10-year-old son to point out his tormenter. Seeing him, she grabbed his... More »

Thousands Lose Power in California Storm

An inch of rain per hour falls in some areas

(Newser) - Residents of Northern California hunkered down today as a powerful storm drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds. The latest storm system—the third to hit the area in less than a week—moved across the region late last night and early today, dropping... More »

Girl, 8, Beats Rabies Without Vaccine

Only the third in the US to have done so

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl in Northern California has survived rabies—without receiving antiviral inoculations immediately after becoming infected. She’s only the third person in the US to have conquered the disease without getting the usual series of shots, hospital officials say. Precious Reynolds was likely bitten by a feral cat... More »

Principal Shot Dead at Calif. School

Janitor busted, cops seek motive

(Newser) - A popular elementary school principal was fatally shot in his Northern California office yesterday and a janitor has been arrested in the attack. No children were hurt, but one student may have witnessed the shooting of Sam LaCara, 50, a married dad of three. The school janitor was busted at... More »

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