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10 US Cities With the Worst Air Pollution

Six are in California

(Newser) - Despite California’s imposing environmental laws, the state has some of the worst air pollution in the country, reports USA Today via the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report , out Wednesday. While the report names Visala/Hanford, Calif., as having the worst overall year-round pollution, it also... More »

Man With Dementia Shot Dead by Cop Was Armed— With a Crucifix

Francisco Serna was killed after officer from Bakersfield, Calif., fired 7 rounds

(Newser) - More details are emerging out of California on the 73-year-old man with dementia who was shot dead by police on Monday. Police now say that Francisco Serna wasn't holding a gun, as one Bakersfield neighbor who called 911 reported, but instead a crucifix, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Calif. Cop Kills Unarmed Man With Dementia

Police say 73-year-old ignored officers' requests

(Newser) - Family members are demanding answers after they say a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 73-year-old man with dementia in Bakersfield, Calif., on Monday. Authorities say they were responding to a call about a man brandishing a gun outside a home around 12:30am when a witness on the scene... More »

Cop Accused of Tickling Corpse's Feet

Aaron Stringer reportedly told another officer he 'loves playing with dead bodies'

(Newser) - "Hey, wanna go see the body?" may seem like an odd thing to hear at most jobs, but for Bakersfield police trainee Lindy DeGeare, it didn't seem so unusual when her training officer, Aaron Stringer, reportedly asked her something along those lines after a local man had been... More »

Dog Tackled by 'Hero Cat' Put Down

Thousands urged shelter to save 'unadoptable' dog

(Newser) - While Tara the cat has become a celebrity after saving her owners' 4-year-old son from a dog attack , the dog involved was euthanized over the weekend. The 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix who bit the boy and tried to drag him down his driveway before the cat intervened was put down with... More »

Doctor Saves Choking Woman With Pocket Knife

Lesson: If you're going to choke on dinner, do it in a room full of top doctors

(Newser) - It's a regular occurrence in TV and movies, but a less common scene in real life: A doctor in Bakersfield, Calif., saved a choking woman's life at a restaurant by using a pocket knife and pen to perform an emergency tracheotomy, the Bakersfield Californian reports. If there is... More »

Man's Leg Severed in Power Plant Implosion

One of 5 spectators injured in planned demolition

(Newser) - Five spectators were injured today after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6am in a nearby parking lot to watch the planned implosion at the plant owned by... More »

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