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One Fell Off the Cliff. The Other 3 Followed

And one man was killed in California tragedy

(Newser) - Four friends went to the cliffs of southern California's Palos Verdes on Sunday night to hike and hang out, and only three made it back home. When one woman had to go to the bathroom in the dark and was trying to find a place to do so outside,...

Destructive Jumping Worms Are Now in California

They were spotted in the state in July, and they have ecologists worried

(Newser) - It sounds like a decent setup for a horror movie: an area plagued with "extremely active, aggressive" worms that can jump a foot into the air and have "voracious appetites." That's a reality California is staring down right now, according to multiple reports on recent sightings...

6 People Struck by Rampaging Bull at California Rodeo
Bull Escapes California
Rodeo, Hits 6 People

Bull Escapes California Rodeo, Hits 6 People

The animal was captured almost half a mile away

(Newser) - A bull jumped a fence at a northern California rodeo Friday night, striking six people as it escaped the popular Redding Rodeo during the bull riding event. As the event neared its conclusion around 10pm, the bull bucked its rider, jumped the arena fence as another cowboy tried in vain...

Sinking Millennium Tower Just Can't Catch a Break
Planned Fix for Sinking
Tower Hits Big Snag
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Planned Fix for Sinking Tower Hits Big Snag

Roadblock to $100M effort to reverse tilt of San Francisco's Millennium Tower: underground wall

(Newser) - San Francisco has been struggling for years with its Millennium Tower , an architectural fiasco that has seen the building slowly leaning and sinking into the ground below it. Now, the expensive plan to fix it may be in jeopardy, with reports that an underground shoring wall is now a wrench...

Archbishop to Pelosi: No More Communion for You

San Francisco's Salvatore Cordileone says House speaker must repudiate support for abortion rights

(Newser) - The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he'll no longer allow US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he sent Pelosi a letter April 7 expressing his concerns after she vowed to codify the...

Man Who Started Fire That Killed Condors Gets 24 Years

2020 California fire nearly killed 14 firefighters

(Newser) - A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter has been sentenced to 24 years in state prison. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the Big Sur Dolan fire while illegally growing marijuana in...

Woman's Staunch Defender From Mountain Lion: Her Dog

Miraculously, Eva is recovering and will be home soon

(Newser) - Soon after Erin Wilson stopped at a picnic area along Highway 299 near the Northern California town of Big Bar on Monday afternoon and started walking her dog along a path toward the Trinity River, she was confronted by a mountain lion. The animal swiped at Wilson, who screamed—getting...

Sheriff: Church Shooter Left Note Describing 'Hatred of Taiwanese People'

California shooting is being investigated as a hate crime

(Newser) - The deadly mass shooting at a church in southern California on Sunday was a "politically motived hate incident" carried out by an immigrant from mainland China, authorities say. David Chou, a 68-year-old Las Vegas resident, has been booked on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder,...

After Fatal Mass Shooting at Calif. Church, Crowd Hogties Suspect

1 killed, 5 injured in Sunday tragedy

(Newser) - A Taiwanese luncheon at a church in southern California's Orange County was attacked Sunday afternoon, leaving one dead and five others injured. There were about 30 to 40 people at the banquet, which took place after morning services at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, when the gunman started...

Mom on 3-Year-Old's Alleged 'Exorcism' Death: 'It Is What It Is'

Claudia Elisia Hernandez Santos faces 25 years to life for her alleged role in the ceremony

(Newser) - A California mother who said her 3-year-old daughter would wake up screaming and crying at night took her to have her demons cast out. The girl didn't survive the exorcism. Claudia Elisia Hernandez Santos, mother of Arely Naomi Proctor, is charged with assault on a child resulting in death...

Judge: America 'Would Not Exist' Without Armed Teens

But ruling on under-21 gun ban was not a total victory for gun rights advocates

(Newser) - A US appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and a...

Mom Arrested After 3 Kids Found Dead in Calif. Home
Cops: Mother Said Teen
Helped Her Kill 3 Kids

Cops: Mother Said Teen Helped Her Kill 3 Kids

LAPD says 16-year-old is now in custody

(Newser) - Update: A mother accused of killing her three children over Mother's Day weekend has told police a 16-year-old helped her carry out the murders, the LAPD says. Angela Flores, 38, was booked on suspicion of three counts of murder Sunday after the bodies of the children—8-year-old twin boys...

Rarely Seen Fish Captured on Video

Video Catches
Rare Glimpse
of Elusive

Video Catches Rare Glimpse of Elusive Fish

Highfin dragonfish is spotted in California

(Newser) - Meet Bathophilus flemingi, better known by its more accessible name of highfin dragonfish. Scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California captured video of the rarely seen creature at a depth of about 1,000 feet, thanks to a remotely operated vehicle, reports NPR . "In more than...

26 Years After Murder, Note to Cops Leads to Arrest

Jade Benning accused of stabbing boyfriend Christopher Harvey in Santa Ana, California

(Newser) - For more than two decades, police in Southern California wondered who killed 22-year-old Christopher Harvey in his own apartment. Then they got a major hint contained in an anonymous note. The letter, submitted to police in January 2020, implicated Harvey's live-in girlfriend Jade Benning, who'd pointed the finger...

Racism at LA Hospital Killed Black Mom: Suit

Charles Johnson files civil rights suit over death of wife Kira, who died hours after c-section

(Newser) - A Black couple walked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016 for what they thought would be "the happiest day of our lives." Instead, just 12 hours after giving birth to the couple's second son during a remarkably fast Cesarean section, Kira Dixon...

Dave Chappelle Performance Takes a Wild Turn in LA

Comedian attacked onstage while performing at Hollywood Bowl during comedy fest; he's OK

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle performed Tuesday evening at the "Netflix Is a Joke" comedy fest in Los Angeles, but what happened to him at the end of his set definitely wasn't a planned part of the night's humor. Cops say the 48-year-old comedian, who was performing at the Hollywood...

Family Thought They Heard Snoring. Turned Out 5 Bears Were Living Under House
That Snoring Noise Was
Not What Family Thought
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That Snoring Noise Was Not What Family Thought

Mom and 4 yearling cubs have since moved on from hibernating under Lake Tahoe home

(Newser) - A California family thought they occasionally heard a strange sound coming from underneath their Lake Tahoe home, but when they asked neighbors to listen for the rumbly noise, similar to snoring, no one else noticed it. So they ignored it ... until last week, when the five bears who'd spent...

Source of Deutsche Bank's Secret Files Turns Up Dead

Valentin Broeksmit was an FBI informant; no foul play is suspected

(Newser) - A whistleblower who supplied secret files to federal authorities investigating Deutsche Bank's dealings with former President Trump has been found dead. The body of 46-year-old Valentin Broeksmit was found by a cleaning crew just before 7am Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, Sgt. Rudy Perez of...

Woman Suspected in Baby Kidnapping Befriended Family, Became 'Obsessed'

Brandon Cuellar's family speaks out

(Newser) - One of the suspects arrested in the kidnapping of 3-month-old Brandon Cuellar met the infant's family at a Bay Area church when Brandon's mom, Carolina Ayala, was nine months pregnant. Family members say Yesenia Ramirez became "obsessed" with the baby once he was born, ABC 7 reports....

Billboards in Home District Call McCarthy a Liar

Conservative anti-Trump group goes after the House minority leader after leaked audio

(Newser) - In Congress, Kevin McCarthy appears to be weathering controversy over leaked audio clips that reveal he disparaged then-President Trump and some of Trump's most fervent supporters in the aftermath of the Capitol riot. In his home district in California, however, the House minority leader is enduring a public backlash,...

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