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Off-Duty Police Officer Opened Fire at Costco

The officer was treated for minor injuries

(Newser) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer discharged his firearm during a Costco shootout Friday evening that killed one person and injured three others, the AP reports. It was not immediately clear whether the unidentified officer was the only person who fired shots inside the Southern California store Friday night or... More »

5 Hurt After 'Crazy' Accident at US Open

Runaway golf cart slammed into spectators

(Newser) - "It was crazy." That's how one witness describes to Golf.com the chaos that erupted at the US Open on Friday after an unmanned golf cart ran amok and slammed into a group of spectators, injuring five. The Californian reports that the incident at the Pebble Beach... More »

Automotive Writer Was Almost Done With Test-Drive, Vanished

David Gordon Johnson was last heard from Wednesday morning

(Newser) - A freelance automotive writer who set off on a lengthy test drive of a motorcycle in California has gone missing south of Sacramento, though the bike has been recovered. CNN reports David Gordon Johnson texted his fiancee at 2am Wednesday, June 5, to explain why he hadn't been in... More »

They Were Shopping at Costco. Then, 'Pop, Pop, Pop'

1 dead, 2 injured after shooting at California store

(Newser) - An argument at a Southern California Costco turned deadly Friday evening, with a suspect now in custody. The AP reports one person was killed as a result of the altercation, while a release from the Corona Police Department notes three others were injured from the gunfire, including an off-duty officer... More »

Jessica Biel Forced to Clarify Her Vaccination Stance

Actress isn't anti-vax, she's just against the California vaccine bill

(Newser) - Jessica Biel is not anti-vaccination. The actress was forced to clarify that after appearing with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—who is an anti-vaxxer—at the California statehouse Tuesday to lobby against a vaccination bill currently under consideration in the state legislature. California requires certain vaccinations in order for children... More »

Valedictorian's Speech Started With Thanks, Ended With Barbs

Nataly Buhr 'thanked' office staff for 'negligence'

(Newser) - A California high school valedictorian threw a curveball in her commencement speech last week, and school officials aren't thrilled. Nataly Buhr's address last Thursday to the crowd at San Diego's San Ysidro High School started off typical, with Nataly thanking teachers and her parents, per Fox News... More »

Former NFL Star Convicted of Raping Homeless Woman

Kellen Winslow Jr. could face life in prison

(Newser) - Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in his picturesque California beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego. A jury returned the verdict Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista but was expected to continue deliberating on two... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Amusement Park Evacuated as Fast-Moving Fire Erupts

'It was pretty scary. We saw trucks packing people'

(Newser) - A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six Flags Magic Mountain... More »

She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened

35-year-old mom was reaching for tree branch when she went over waterfall in California

(Newser) - A death in California last Friday is still a tragedy, just not quite the one initially thought. Although it was reported that a 35-year-old mom—identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as Dina Espinosa, though a GoFundMe set up in her name calls her Stephanie—had fallen... More »

Woman Posed as Social Worker in 'Scary' Kidnapping Try: Police

The suspect apparently tried to take woman's newborn baby

(Newser) - California police have detained a woman who allegedly posed as a social worker to kidnap a woman's newborn child, KABC-TV reports. The woman, who called herself Mayella Ortega, is accused of showing up at the Santa Ana home last Friday and saying she had to take the week-old into... More »

Wells Fargo Takes 'Important Step in Making Things Right'

Company will pay at least $385M to settle class-action suit on auto loans, car insurance

(Newser) - Wells Fargo has agreed to pay at least $385 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it signed up thousands of auto loan customers for costly car insurance without their consent, resulting in many having their vehicles repossessed. The bank filed the agreement Thursday in a federal court in Santa... More »

Man With Giant Swastika in His Yard: 'Get Over It'

California's Steve Johnson says he thinks landscaping design looks 'cool'

(Newser) - Steven Johnson doesn't see what the big deal is with what he used to replace the weeds in his yard in California's El Sobrante, but he does concede that "a few people don't like it." What Johnson's neighbors and other locals are perturbed about,... More »

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been... More »

That Blob Isn't Rain. It's Bugs

Radar spots massive ladybug swarm over Southern California

(Newser) - Despite a massive green mass spotted north of San Diego on the National Weather Service's radar, there was no downpour in Southern California Tuesday evening. That's because the blob actually "a cloud of lady bugs," according to a NWS tweet . Though the ladybug bloom seemingly covered... More »

In Los Angeles, a 'Disaster of Epic Proportions'

Spike in homelessness tied to increasing rents, lack of affordable housing

(Newser) - Despite $619 million spent to end homelessness around Los Angeles in 2018, the situation only got worse. Over the last year, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, or in shelters rose 12%, to just under 59,000 in Los Angeles County, and climbed 16% to 36,... More »

Another City Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms

Oakland, Calif., follows Denver's lead

(Newser) - Oakland, Calif., has followed Denver's lead in decriminalizing magic mushrooms—but also peyote and ayahuasca. The move came Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council, which directed law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting individuals for possession or use of plant-derived hallucinogens, reports USA Today . Ahead... More »

After 23 Years, Man Freed From Sentence for Joyriding

He got life under Calif.'s old '3 strikes' law

(Newser) - A California man was freed from prison after serving 23 years of his life sentence on a joyriding conviction, including eight years in solitary confinement for possessing a banned book. His attorneys say it's unconscionable that he was set to die in prison for nonviolent crimes. Kenneth Oliver, now... More »

Here's Who Paid $4.5M for a Lunch With Warren Buffett

That's a record as the 'Oracle of Omaha' continues to raise money for GLIDE

(Newser) - This is the 20th year Warren Buffett has auctioned off a "power lunch" with himself, and the winning bid set a record at more than $4.5 million. The billionaire investor started doing the auctions at a live charity event for GLIDE , a foundation that helps the homeless in... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

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