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1K Bicycles, Hidden Bunker Found in Homeless Camp

'I’ve been doing this job for 20 years and even I was stunned'

(Newser) - “It’s nothing I’ve ever seen before," Lt. Jeff Puckett of the Orange County Sheriff's Department tells the Orange County Register . Having removed between 150 and 200 homeless people from an encampment along the Santa Ana River in Southern California earlier this month, officials were... More »

Teen Heroes: 'They're Going to Die If We Don't Do Something'

Calif. 16-year-olds Alex Schrier, Jeffrey Bounds help rescue passengers in burning car

(Newser) - Two quick-acting teens and a third Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California. Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds, both 16 and teammates on their high school baseball team, spotted the vehicle on... More »

Lyft's New Partner: Taco Bell

Idea is to encourage trips through drive-thru on the way home

(Newser) - It's apparently a fairly common question posed to drivers who work for the likes of Lyft or Uber: Is it OK to swing by a fast-food drive-thru on the way home? Now Lyft is not only answering the question in the affirmative, it's encouraging the practice. The company... More »

Surf Leash Used in Rescue of Shark Attack Victim

Surfers at San Onofre State Beach in California recount aiding the victim

(Newser) - An unidentified woman was attacked by a shark Saturday while swimming at “Churches,” a popular surf spot in Orange County, California. Two surfers towed the victim in on their board, reports the Orange County Register , traversing slippery rocks before safely pulling her ashore. Several surfers on the scene... More »

Harrison Ford's Harrowing 45 Seconds Captured on Video

He mistakenly flies low over airliner

(Newser) - Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last week,... More »

How a 7-Year-Old Is Saving the Planet— and Saving for College

Ryan Hickman has earned $10K by recycling

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in California already has $10,000 saved for college—and not a penny of it came from his parents. "I've recycled 200,000 cans and bottles," Ryan Hickman tells ABC7 . He got "hooked" on recycling at age 3 after a visit to a... More »

HGTV Stars Split After 'Unfortunate' Incident With Gun

Tarek and Christina El Moussa have separated

(Newser) - The show will apparently go on, but the marriage won't: Tarek and Christina El Moussa of HGTV's Flip or Flop have separated after seven years of marriage, reports People . Trouble in the marriage first surfaced in May when police responded to a call about "a possibly suicidal... More »

DA Investigator, 'Sleazy' Lawyer Brawl Outside Court

Tempers flare in Orange County

(Newser) - An Orange County defense attorney suffered a bloodied face and fractured nose after a brawl with a district attorney's investigator in a courthouse hallway, his lawyer said. James Crawford was speaking with a witness in the courthouse Wednesday morning when an investigator asked him who he was and called... More »

Expert: Calif. Inmates Had Help to Escape

Questions raised about why men were kept in 68-man dorm

(Newser) - As the search for three escaped inmates stretches on, Orange County jail officials are facing pressure to explain why the men weren't held in individual cells. Authorities at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana say Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43—charged with... More »

Chronic Drunk Driver Killed by Drunk Driver

Haitham Gamal was on bicycle, getting his life straight

(Newser) - Haitham Gamal "was on the road to recovery" after three drunk-driving convictions, says his lawyer. Unfortunately, he was also on the road—on his bike, as per a California-mandated license suspension—when a 19-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk and speeding hit and killed the 38-year-old Gamal. "He... More »

Strong Aftershock Rattles Southern California

Dozens evacuated following yesterday's quake

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have followed yesterday's magnitude-5.1 earthquake in southern California, including a magnitude-4.1 rumble this afternoon. The moderate earthquake yesterday forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said... More »

Grinchy County to Neighborhood: Take Down Your Xmas Lights

Strung across the street, they pose fire hazard: officials

(Newser) - A neighborhood in Orange County, Calif., is brightly decorated with Christmas lights strung across the street—and that hasn't exactly put county officials in the holiday spirit. The lights pose a fire hazard and could prevent emergency vehicles from getting through, officials say, calling the decorations an "unpermitted... 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 »

Surf Fans Riot in California

7 arrested, one injured

(Newser) - An unruly crowd surged through downtown Huntington Beach in Southern California last night following the US Open of Surfing, brawling, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property before authorities broke up the melee and made arrests, authorities and witnesses say. Police say more than 100 officers from... More »

California Freeway Shooter ID'd as Student, 20

4 dead, including suspect Ali Syed; 2 others wounded

(Newser) - Police have identified the suspect in this morning's shooting spree in California as a 20-year-old Ali Syed, described as an unemployed, part-time student, reports AP . The spree reportedly began when Syed shot and killed a woman in her 20s inside her home, though police haven't said yet whether... 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 »

Park Ride Again Strands Passengers 300 Feet in Air

Malfunctions for 2nd time this month

(Newser) - Thrill seekers might want to hold off on trying one especially thrilling California theme park ride: The Windseeker at Knott's Berry Farm has malfunctioned twice this month, leaving passengers dangling for hours. Yesterday, 20 riders were stuck for three and a half hours, 300 feet off of the ground,... More »

4.4 Quake Rattles LA

No injuries, damage reported

(Newser) - Surprised Californians got a shake, rattle, and roll last night just before midnight when a magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit northern Orange County. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but the rattler and a 2.7 aftershock a minute later were definitely felt over a broad region,... More »

Bag of Explosives Found Under California Bridge

Backpack contained 6 grenades, and more

(Newser) - Cops in Orange County, California, are trying to find a person who left a backpack full of military-grade explosives in a drainage ditch under a highway bridge in Placentia. Local businesses were evacuated while the bomb squad destroyed the backpack—which contained six grenades along with other explosives and blasting... More »

4 Tons of Marijuana Pulled From Ocean

About 160 bales found floating off California coast

(Newser) - What a find: After receiving a tip yesterday, Harbor Patrol agents in California pulled about 160 bales of marijuana from the ocean off the coast of Orange County. That's more than 7,263 pounds, and agents say the street value is $3.6 million, CBS 2 reports. The marijuana,... More »

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