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Coroner: Here's How Maddy Middleton Died

She suffered positional asphyxiation, stab wounds to neck

(Newser) - The cause of death has been established: Maddy Middleton, the 8-year-old girl found dead in a trash bin inside an apartment building garage in Santa Cruz, Calif., died of positional asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck, the San Jose Mercury News reports, via a coroner's report. A sheriff... More »

After Maddy's Murder, an Unlikely Motherly Bond

Laura Jordan says she told accused killer's mom 'I love you'

(Newser) - The mother of slain 8-year-old Maddy Middleton doesn't blame the mother of alleged killer Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15. In fact, she says she's consoling her friend while dealing with the unimaginable loss of her daughter. Laura Jordan, Maddy's mom, says she found Reggie Factor on her knees... More »

Teen Lured Maddy Middleton With Ice Cream: Report

More details emerge about suspect AJ Gonzalez after 8-year-old's murder

(Newser) - A source said to be close to the investigation into the death of 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the 15-year-old accused of raping and killing her lured her into his family's Santa Cruz, Calif., apartment with ice cream, then jumped her. Surveillance video... More »

Teen Charged as Adult in Rape, Murder of Girl

AJ Gonzalez faces six felonies in Maddy Middleton's brutal death

(Newser) - The 15-year-old boy accused of murdering his 8-year-old neighbor in Santa Cruz, California, has been charged as an adult, reports the Los Angeles Times , and the reason makes for tough reading. Authorities say AJ Gonzalez lured Maddy Middleton to his family's apartment when nobody was home, at which point... More »

Guy Dressed as Fox Reporter Attacked on Halloween

By Sean Kory, new candidate for 'hot mugshot man'

(Newser) - A guy dressed as a Fox News reporter on Halloween experienced the downside of media politics when a stranger allegedly attacked him, yelling, "I hate Fox News!" What's more, the Fox-hater may be a new candidate for "hot mugshot man." Police say the victim was... More »

2 Cops Shot Dead in Calif. Sex Assault Investigation

Suspect in Santa Cruz also killed

(Newser) - Two police officers investigating a sexual assault complaint in Santa Cruz were shot dead yesterday in what the California city's police chief says is the darkest day in his department's history. The two veteran officers, one male and one female, were gunned down when they arrived at the... More »

Cops Using Math to Predict Crime

Algorithm anticipates where and when a crime might occur

(Newser) - Didn't anyone pay attention to how things went for Tom Cruise in Minority Report? Cops in Santa Cruz, California, are using a computer math algorithm to anticipate when and where crimes are most likely to be committed, reports ABC News . Based on earthquake prediction technology, the system uses years... More »

11 Wacky Vending Machines

Forget chocolate: You can get gold, pizza, and raw eggs

(Newser) - When you need to find a bar—gold, not chocolate—the Gold to Go vending machine at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi has you covered. It's one of a number of wacky vending options. Travel + Leisure lists 10 more weird things you can get from a machine:... More »

Santa Cruz Seeks Deadhead Archivist

UC offers $70K for job made in hippie heaven

(Newser) - Far out. The University of Santa Cruz is seeking an archivist to help handle its horde of Grateful Dead material—for a very un-hippie-like $70,000 salary, plus benefits. The school is seeking a "creative" professional with a master's degree, and preferably "expert knowledge" of the "history... More »

Wildfire Scorches Santa Cruz

(Newser) - The first major California wildfire of the season has consumed over 5,000 acres in Santa Cruz County and won't be fully contained for a week, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Over a thousand firefighters are battling the blaze in rugged terrain that hadn't had a major fire in... More »

9 Perfect Places to Live

Arts, culture, beauty, jobs—these towns have it all, and real people, too

(Newser) - Outside magazine selects 30 sweet spots—the best towns for mixing city life with the big outdoors—and, oh yeah, getting a job, too.  Here are the top nine:
  1. Santa Cruz, California
  2. Jackson, Wyoming
  3. Iowa City, Iowa
  4. Bend, Oregon
  5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
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