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Teen Sues Oakland for $66M in Police Sex Scandal

As first 2 cops are charged in mess involving cops having sex with underage sex worker

(Newser) - The latest salvo in the ongoing sex scandal involving multiple Bay Area police officers was a one-two punch on Friday, reports NBC News . Just hours after two cops became the first to be charged in the scandal, the 19-year-old woman who says that she had sexual contact with dozens of... More »

4 Fired After Cops Allegedly Had Sex With Teen Sex Worker

Teen sex worker claimed to have had sex with more than a dozen officers

(Newser) - Four Oakland police officers are being fired and another seven suspended without pay after a teenage sex worker claimed she had sex with more than a dozen officers , some while she was underage and occasionally for tips about future prostitution raids, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CNN , the... More »

10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

Oakland Bans Coal Shipments

Vote kills plan to ship Utah coal to Asia

(Newser) - Oakland city officials have unanimously voted to ban the shipment of coal, sidelining a plan to transport Utah coal to Asia through a proposed marine terminal on an old army base, the AP reports. The proposed terminal is in West Oakland, a historically black neighborhood that's among the poorest... More »

Oakland Loses 3rd Top Cop in 8 Days

'I am here to run a police department, not a frat house,' mayor says

(Newser) - Oakland has gone through three top cops in nine days and the revolving door at police headquarters is now closed. When Acting Chief Paul Figueroa stepped down on Friday after just two days in the job, Mayor Libby Schaff said the department is going to be put under civilian control... More »

Oakland Mayor Cans Top Cop After 6 Days

Woman now claims she had sexual contact with dozens of officers

(Newser) - Ben Fairow's reign as Oakland's top cop was, in a word, brief. Fairow—who replaced resigning police chief Sean Whent on Friday amid an investigation into possible underage sex and murder —was removed from his post Wednesday after just six days, reports the Los Angeles Times . During... More »

Animal Rights Activists Storm Sanders Stage

'We don't get intimidated easily,' he tells Oakland crowd

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may be the preferred candidate of birds , but his stance on animal rights wasn't good enough for at least five protesters who rushed the stage at a rally in Oakland, Calif., Monday evening. The protesters were intercepted and taken away by several Secret Service agents before they... More »

Alleged Underage Sex, Suicide, Possible Murder Inside Oakland Police

'The only officer I ever messed with underage is sadly gone'

(Newser) - A scandal involving alleged underage sex, suicide, and possible murder is exploding within the Oakland Police Department. The San Jose Mercury News reports it all started when Irma Huerta Lopez killed herself with a gun belonging to her husband, officer Brendan O'Brien, in 2014. Huerta Lopez's family believes... More »

Gunmen Shoot Up Party Bus on Calif. Freeway

Then one of the victims allegedly attacked an officer

(Newser) - Two men in a red SUV opened fire on a party bus full of people on a California freeway early Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bus was leaving San Francisco and entering Oakland sometime before 2:30am when the SUV pulled up alongside it and shots were fired.... More »

Teen Dupes Airbnb Hosts to Throw Birthday Rager

Oakland couple says they are Airbinb hosts no more

(Newser) - "He seemed very mature and was very polite," Airbnb host Reshma Vasanwala says of the man from Chicago who rented her Oakland home on New Year's Eve. Or, the "man" from "Chicago." It turns out that the renter was a teenage Berkeley resident, who,... More »

Mystery Donor Gives Oakland Massive Boost

He donated $34M to 'underserved' residents

(Newser) - What to do with a spare $34 million? You could buy a private jet, a good-sized Caribbean island —or you could help countless people in one of California's most troubled cities. An anonymous donor went for the latter option, offering the San Francisco Foundation the cash to help... More »

Jahi McMath Suit Tells Brutal Tale of Surgery Gone Wrong

Mother was pushed to donate McMath's organs while she prayed

(Newser) - As Jahi McMath , declared brain-dead in 2013, remains hooked up to machines in New Jersey, her family is filing suit against the Oakland hospital where her surgery for sleep apnea went terribly wrong, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The suit against UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and surgeon... More »

Mother of 4 Killed in Road-Rage Shooting

Oakland man says 'coward with a gun' killed his wife

(Newser) - Luis Lopez Gallegos says he is now a widower with four children to raise—just because someone didn't like the way he drove. In what police are probing as a road-rage attack, 30-year-old Perla Avina was shot dead Sunday afternoon as the couple was driving to their East Oakland,... More »

'Alpacino' of Capone Street Charged With Murder

What are the odds?

(Newser) - Was this guy fated to show up on the police blotter in a bad way? An Oakland man named Alpacino McDaniels—yeah, go back over that first name again—has been charged with murder in the 2013 slaying of another man, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The 29-year-old's parents... More »

Oakland to Drop 80-Year-Old Pinball Ban

Machines were once considered moral menace

(Newser) - The California city of Oakland is about to finally scrap an anti-pinball law nobody has paid much attention to since World War II. The game was outlawed in Oakland and many other cities in the 1930s, when the machines didn't have flippers and were considered gambling devices, the San ... More »

Oakland Riled by Strange Story of 5 Baby Herons

Tree-trimmer could face federal charges for disrupting their nest

(Newser) - A tree-trimmer, homeless birds, and an erroneous report involving a wood-chipper: These are the elements of a strange story that has riled Oakland. Herons living in trees near a post office were leaving droppings on mail trucks, so the post office had the trees trimmed. That, it seems, is how... More »

Mom: Jahi 'Blossoming Into a Teen'

Winkfield: She moves in bed, listens to music

(Newser) - Jahi McMath spends much of her time like any other teenage girl: she sits cross-legged in bed, listens to Rihanna and Beyonce on her iPod, and gets a manicure and pedicure every Friday. This according to mom Nailah Winkfield, who yesterday gave her first interviews since Jahi was moved out... More »

Family: Hospital Pushing Us to Unplug 13-Year-Old

Jahi McMath's family's lawyer in court today

(Newser) - The lawyer for the family of a girl declared brain-dead after a routine tonsil surgery is heading to court today in an attempt to keep Jahi McMath on life-support. The Oakland Children's Hospital has been pressuring family members to take the 13-year-old off her ventilator—and "quickly"—... More »

Girl, 13, Brain-Dead After Routine Tonsil Surgery

Jahi McMath's family wants answers

(Newser) - Before Jahi McMath went in for surgery to have her tonsils removed, the 13-year-old's mother assured the nervous girl everything would be OK. "I told her this surgery is to make you better," says mom Nailah Winkfield. But now Jahi is on life support even as her... More »

Raiders Fan Saves Stadium Jumper— With Own Body

Both are badly injured in the process

(Newser) - When a woman jumped from the third floor of the Oakland Coliseum to the second-floor concourse, a man was there to break her fall; both ended up hospitalized, but police say the man saved the woman's life. After spotting the woman about to jump following yesterday's Raiders game,... More »

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