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Authorities Say SUV in Horrific Crash Entered From Mexico

It came through a breach in the border fence

(Newser) - Authorities say a Ford Expedition crammed with 25 people crossed into the US from Mexico, likely through a breach in the border fence, before it was struck by a tractor-trailer near Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday morning, killing 13 people in the SUV, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surveillance footage shows...

Little Is Clear About Horrific Calif. SUV Crash

Including whether human smuggling was involved

(Newser) - The horrific crash near the US-Mexico border Tuesday left 13 people dead, two fewer than was initially reported , and at least six injured. With the exception of one moderately injured person, that's from just one vehicle—police say there were 25 people inside an SUV that pulled in front...

Serial Killer Slain in Cell
 I-5 Strangler Slain in Prison

I-5 Strangler Slain in Prison

Roger Kibbe would look for women having car trouble along the road

(Newser) - Roger Kibbe, who was convicted in the deaths of at least seven women over two decades in the Sacramento area, was killed Sunday in his cell, California prison officials said. The serial killer, who became known as the "I-5 Strangler" because he seized most of his victims along the...

Crash Near Border Kills at Least 15
Crash Near Border
Kills at Least 15

Crash Near Border Kills at Least 15

SUV carrying 27 people hit tractor-trailer in California

(Newser) - Fourteen people died at the site of a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning near the US-Mexico, when an SUV carrying 27 people slammed into a tractor-trailer filled with gravel. One person died later at a hospital, and another nine were hospitalized, Fox 13 reports. Three people were in intensive care in...

Seth Rogen's Favorite Pastime Is Now His Business

Actor launches new cannabis brand, Houseplant, website immediately crashes

(Newser) - Apparently the internet was excited about Seth Rogen's new venture, because the website for Houseplant crashed immediately after the actor launched the cannabis brand Monday. "If you know anything about me at all, I'm going to assume it's that I really love weed," Rogen said...

Cash to Help Schools Bring Students Back

California legislators, governor break impasse

(Newser) - California's public schools could tap into $2 billion from the Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to an agreement announced Monday between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. California, the most populous state, has 1,037 public school districts, more than 6....

They Skied, Rappeled Down 'Death Slabs' for a Half Dome First

Jason Torlano, Zach Milligan seem to be first ones to ski entire 4.8K feet from peak to Yosemite Valley

(Newser) - Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat, per the AP . Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed...

Someone Stole Lady Gaga's Dogs, Shot Her Dog Walker

She's offering $500K reward for return of 2 bulldogs

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of her dogs stolen in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The dog walker was walking three French bulldogs belonging to the singer when at least one gunman confronted him in Hollywood before 10pm, reports TMZ . The dog walker, who suffered undisclosed...

California Reports 'Heartbreaking' COVID Death Toll

Backlogged cases bring total above 50K

(Newser) - Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported an additional 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the US total from the pandemic. The county, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents, said the deaths mainly...

LA County Orders Grocery Stores to Fork Over 'Hero Pay'

Board of Supervisors approves $5/hour mandate for workers in designated stores for next 120 days

(Newser) - A mandate kicking off this week will put more money in the pockets of grocery workers in Los Angeles County for braving the pandemic to clock in. Starting Friday, national grocery and retail drug stores in unincorporated areas of the county have to start forking over $5 more an hour...

Entire School Board Resigns After Disastrous Online Meeting

Participants did not initially realize call was open to the public

(Newser) - The entire Oakley Union Elementary School Board has stepped down after a disastrous virtual meeting in which, unaware members of the public had access to the WebEx video call, board members mocked parents who are desperate for California schools to reopen. When they finally realized the meeting last Wednesday was...

Effort to Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom Is Going Strong

Backers are on track to get the issue on the ballot

(Newser) - Those in California who want to recall the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, have broken the 1 million mark for signatures of their petition. That puts them on track to get the 1,495,709 valid signatures (12% of the voters in the last gubernatorial election) they need to collect...

Billie Eilish Granted 2nd Restraining Order

Singer says stalker has been camped outside home for months

(Newser) - Billie Eilish has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man she says has been stalking and harassing her while camped outside her Los Angeles home. The 19-year-old accuses John Matthews Hearle, 23, of camping outside a school across the street from her house since the summer, per TMZ...

Authorities Investigating Marilyn Manson Abuse Claims
New Worries
for Marilyn

New Worries for Marilyn Manson

LA County Sheriff's Department is looking into domestic violence allegations against performer

(Newser) - More than a dozen women, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esme Bianco , have accused singer-songwriter Marilyn Manson of mental, physical, and sexual abuse. Now, it appears some of the claims against the 52-year-old performer have attracted the attention of California authorities. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department,...

School Board Mocks Parents, 'Unfortunate' Remarks Go Viral

President of board in Oakley, Calif., resigns after video of virtual meeting circulates online

(Newser) - The president of a California school board has resigned and parents are calling for more heads to roll after a virtual meeting showed multiple board members laughing and mocking parents who want their kids back in school. Per Fox News , Oakley Union Elementary School Board members apparently thought no one...

Cameras Captured Missing Man Entering Home, but Not Leaving

Christopher Woitel missing since early January

(Newser) - On the night of January 8, security cameras captured Christopher Woitel entering his San Francisco apartment building. There is no surveillance footage of him leaving the building after that point—and he hasn't been seen since, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. His mother, who last communicated with him on...

The Greediest, Angriest, Most Jealous States in America

WalletHub takes note of our sins and ranks us

(Newser) - The first day of Lent is Wednesday, and for Christians who follow the observance, it's often a time to give up a bad habit for the six weeks that follow. That may be harder for people in some parts of the country, per WalletHub , which has ranked US states...

Hollywood Gives the 'Bandit' a Final Resting Place

Burt Reynolds' remains are buried in the Hollywood Forever cemetery more than 2 years after his death

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds reached his final resting place Thursday at a storied Hollywood cemetery. A small, private ceremony, with relatives taking part remotely via Zoom, was held Thursday morning at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, where Reynolds' cremated remains were placed in a grave next to a lake nearly 2 1/2 years...

Seniors in Chinatown 'Afraid to Walk on Own Streets'

Attacks on Asian-Americans are on the rise

(Newser) - A disturbing trend in California, where brutal attacks on Asian-Americans as they walk down the street have been increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu took action, offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a 91-year-old who...

If California Bill Passes, No More 'Stealthing' During Sex

Legislation would classify nonconsensual removal of condom as sexual battery

(Newser) - "Stealthing" during sex may soon be illegal in California, making it the first state to deem the practice a crime. The Los Angeles Times reports that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia introduced a bill this week that would classify nonconsensual removal of a condom (ie, without your partner's OK) during...

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