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In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub... More »

Cougar Was Dragging Boy by the Neck. Then, a Distraction

Animal, found with backpack hurled by father, is euthanized

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering in Southern California after a mountain lion bit him on the neck. The boy was leading his family—two adults and three other children—on a walk through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Lake Forest around 4pm Monday when the cougar appeared, seized the boy... More »

Moms Booted From Home That Wasn't Theirs Get Good News

Nonprofit land trust to buy Oakland residence from developer, let homeless evicted families back in

(Newser) - The homeless moms who were booted from a vacant residence in Oakland, Calif., will soon be able to call it home again. The members of activist group Moms 4 Housing had been served an eviction notice by Wedgewood Inc., a developer that specializes in flipping houses, and last week, sheriff'... More »

Cops: Man Deliberately Hit Car Full of Teens, Killing 3

One victim's mother says a prank went wrong

(Newser) - A southern California man deliberately rammed a Toyota Prius full of teenage boys Sunday night, causing a crash that killed three of them, police say. Corona resident Anurag Chandra, 42, was arrested and charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. "It was an... More »

Student Found Dead at Stanford University

Not much is yet known about male sophomore found in Theta Delta Chi fraternity house

(Newser) - It's not yet clear what happened to a male sophomore at Stanford University who was found dead Friday morning inside an on-campus fraternity house, the Stanford Daily reports. The Palo Alto Fire Department found the unresponsive student in the Theta Delta Chi house and tried to revive him but... More »

Calif. Teachers Waste No Time Suing Delta Over Fuel Dump

4 of them say they were exposed to 'overwhelming' fumes when troubled plane shed fuel over school

(Newser) - Four teachers from a Los Angeles-area school sued Delta Air Lines on Friday, saying they were exposed to jet fuel when a plane with engine trouble dumped its fuel over a densely populated area, including several schools, while making an emergency return to the airport. The teachers described the fuel... More »

Girl Sends Hair-Raising Message on Snapchat

3 suspects are arrested in California kidnapping case

(Newser) - A teenage girl used Snapchat to send her friends a horrifying message: She'd been kidnapped. Seems her friends used the app to spot her location and then called the cops, who rushed to the E-Z 8 Motel on Tuesday and arrested a man as he left the premises, NBC... More »

They Went to Mexico to Collect Rent. Then They Vanished

Bodies believed to be missing California couple discovered in Tijuana, son-in-law arrested

(Newser) - They went to Mexico to carry out their landlord tasks and never came home. Now, bodies found buried in mud at one of their properties are believed to be those of Jesus Guillen, 70, and his 65-year-old wife, Maria Lopez, authorities say. Per KFMB , the couple traveled to Tijuana on... More »

Searchers Thought They'd Find a Body. Instead, a 'Miracle'

Paula James, who has dementia, found alive and talking in snow-covered car after 6-day search

(Newser) - The sheriff of Butte County, Calif., was sure rescuers would find a body upon locating the snow-covered vehicle of a woman who'd been missing in the mountains for six days. "When I heard that she was alive, I was just absolutely amazed," Kory Honea says, per CNN... More »

Homeless Moms Evicted From Vacant Home in 'Act of War'

'This isn't over'

(Newser) - Four people were arrested Tuesday when Alameda County Sheriff's deputies showed up to evict a group of homeless mothers who'd taken up residence in a vacant home in Oakland, Calif. NBC News and the Mercury News report that members of Moms 4 Housing, an activist group trying to... More »

Patriots Star Is Under Arrest

Julian Edelman is accused of vandalism

(Newser) - New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of misdemeanor vandalism after jumping on the hood of someone's car, authorities said Sunday. Police say Edelman, 33, caused unspecified damage when he jumped on the vehicle Saturday night on a commercial block of Beverly Hills,... More »

Mom: I Was Brutally Beaten on Way to Principal's Office

Maria Guadalupe Jimenez says she wanted to report on bullying against her daughter

(Newser) - A California mom says she was attacked earlier this week for trying to report bullying at her daughter's high school, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Maria Guadalupe Jimenez was apparently trying to visit the principal at James Logan High School in Union City with her daughter and husband, when... More »

Rep. Hunter Quits, Doesn't Mention Corruption Conviction

One of GOP's few California seats is now vacant

(Newser) - US Rep. Duncan D. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, one month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving vacant one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure effective Monday ends his family's political dynasty in which he and his father,... More »

New Trouble for Billionaire Claiming Beach as His Own

California commissions sue Vinod Khosla over access to Martins Beach

(Newser) - The California Attorney General's Office has filed suit against a billionaire who's long tried to block the public from accessing a beach he claims as his own . The suit, filed Monday on behalf of the California State Lands Commission and California Coastal Commission, claims Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod... More »

Hikers Find Skeleton That Goes Way, Way Back

Giichi Matsumura had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint

(Newser) - A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California's second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II, the AP reports. The Inyo County sheriff used DNA to... More »

A Motorist Was Filming the View. Then a Gasp

Police searching for SUV seen driving off oceanside cliff in California

(Newser) - An SUV speeds toward the oceanside cliff, then goes airborne. It's a shocking moment captured on video by a passing motorist in California, where authorities are trying to determine who was in the SUV and where it ended up. California Highway Patrol Officer Bert Diaz says that after the... More »

A Laptop Theft at Starbucks Ends in Victim's Death

Calif. man killed Tuesday in pursuit of stolen laptop

(Newser) - A California man is dead after chasing down a thief who snatched his laptop from a Starbucks on New Year's Eve. The unidentified man was working from the Starbucks in an east Oakland neighborhood around 11:30am when someone grabbed his computer and ran. A woman seated near the... More »

Assistant Says Mayor Is Firing Her for Ending Relationship

Suspended employee fights dismissal

(Newser) - Melanie McDade-Dickens was "an exemplary employee," her lawyer says, with no marks on her record until she told her boss—the mayor—that she was ending their romantic relationship. That got her escorted out of Inglewood City Hall and suspended in July; in November she got a letter... More »

McDonald's Drive-Thru Customer Has Chilling Message for Workers

Woman mouthed 'help me,' employees took action

(Newser) - Thanks to quick-thinking McDonald's workers that ABC News calls "servers turned saviors," a woman who stopped in at one of the chain's California restaurants may have been saved from a dangerous situation. Per KABC and a Facebook pos t by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's... More »

10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Plane Takes Off From LAX

Janice Xu is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest on flight from LA to Seattle

(Newser) - A young girl was pronounced dead Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after she suffered an apparent cardiac arrest on her Delta Air Lines flight that had just taken off for Seattle, forcing the plane to return due to the medical emergency, CBS News reports. CBS Los Angeles notes the... More »

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