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Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

NFL Quarterback Helps Find Missing Child

Derek Carr retweeted an Amber Alert on Saturday

(Newser) - It appears something good came of Derek Carr's broken leg, which arguably cost his Oakland Raiders a win in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Instead of spending Saturday taking on the New England Patriots, the quarterback retweeted a notice about a missing Oakland toddler to his 247,... More »

Man Fatally Shot Near Memorial to Slain Son, Grandson

Oakland resident had spoken out against gun violence

(Newser) - A man who urged an end to violence in Oakland after gunfire killed his son and grandson as they slept three years ago became a victim himself this week as he drove near a street memorial for his slain family. Melvin Johnson, 39, was shot and killed Tuesday on the... More »

Ghost Ship's Undoing: Ramshackle Network of Extension Cords

'The whole place was wires and cables and wood,' former resident says

(Newser) - The ATF and Oakland authorities are due to speak about the deadly Ghost Ship fire Tuesday morning, and sources tell the East Bay Times that they're expected to blame terrible wiring for the disaster that killed 36 people. One insider tells the Times that the warehouse, described as a... More »

Facebook 'Miracle': Lost Photo Found of a Very Special Kiss

Saya Tomioka sought a final memory of boyfriend killed in Oakland fire

(Newser) - Devastated over the death of her boyfriend in the Oakland fire , Saya Tomioka went looking for a reminder of their love: a photo of the couple in happier times, locked in a kiss in Times Square. There was one problem: Tomioka didn't have the picture, and she had no... More »

Oakland Warehouse Went 30 Years Without Inspection

But witnesses say fire officials, police had been inside

(Newser) - Officials say they couldn't have designed " an equally flammable place " as the Oakland warehouse where 36 people died in California's deadliest structure blaze in more than a century—but Oakland's planning director says inspectors had no idea. Darin Ranelletti says inspectors hadn't stepped foot... More »

Old Refrigerator May Be Source of Oakland Fire

'Disaster waiting to happen'

(Newser) - Investigators searching for the cause of America's deadliest building fire in 13 years are focusing on appliances at the rear of the first floor of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse. "On that back wall, there was a 45-degree-angle burn, and they need to look at that area very... More »

Oakland Failed to Act on 'Death Trap' Warnings

Some of the 36 fire victims were able to text goodbyes

(Newser) - The death toll from Friday's horrific warehouse fire has risen to 36, making it California's deadliest building fire since the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. As recovery efforts at the "Ghost Ship" warehouse continue, many are wondering why inspectors failed to act despite repeated complaints... More »

Oakland Blaze Was One of Worst US Fires in 50 Years

Criminal investigation team looking into disaster

(Newser) - The blaze that ripped through a converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., during a party on Friday has now been confirmed as America's deadliest fire in more than a decade—and authorities say more than half the wreckage of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse hasn't been searched yet. Oakland... More »

'Walls Were Moving:' 30 Dead in Oakland Fire, More Expected

Building is extremely unstable, making search efforts painstaking

(Newser) - Officials in Oakland, Calif., say the death toll has risen to 30 from a fire that ripped through a converted warehouse , reports the AP . Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says crews are starting to get deeper into the building and that as they advance they expect to find... More »

Dance Party Turns Deadly in Massive Warehouse Fire

At least 9 are dead, but death toll may hit 40

(Newser) - At least nine people are dead but officials say that number may eventually reach 40 after what could be the deadliest structure fire in Oakland history, the East Bay Times reports. According to KTVU , the massive blaze broke out at a two-story warehouse late Friday night during a dance party.... More »

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 »

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