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California Phasing In Historic Water Restrictions

Municipal suppliers must start cutting back or face big fines

(Newser) - California has imposed temporary water restrictions on cities and towns over the years as it battled prolonged droughts. Now, for the first time in its history, the state is imposing permanent restrictions in some areas, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Water regulators have approved a plan to order municipal water...

Motorcyclist Dies as Temps in Death Valley Break Record

Temperature hit 128 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend

(Newser) - A group of six motorcyclists riding through a portion of Death Valley National Park experienced a lethal emergency Saturday amid record-breaking heat. One member of the group died from heat exposure and another was transported to Las Vegas and hospitalized with "severe heat illness," while the others were...

'Vast Majority' of California Evacuees Allowed Home

Crews are continuing to battle Thompson Fire near Oroville

(Newser) - Thousands of people evacuated during a Northern California wildfire were allowed to return home Thursday afternoon as crews continued battling flames amid scorching heat, officials said. Containment of the Thompson Fire near the city of Oroville in Butte County also increased to 29% from 7%, the AP reports. The "...

DA: Man Laid in Wait Before Pushing Stranger Into Train

Transient charged with murder in BART attack on woman, 74

(Newser) - A homeless man in San Francisco has been charged with murder after allegedly pushing a stranger into a moving train. Police say Trevor Belmont, 49, approached 74-year-old Corazon Dandan as a train was arriving at the Powell Street Bay Area Rapid Transit station around 11pm on Monday. Dandan was then...

Entire Hells Angels Chapter Arrested in California
Entire Hells Angels Chapter
Arrested in California

Entire Hells Angels Chapter Arrested in California

7 men arrested, charged with multiple crimes in Bakersfield

(Newser) - An early-morning raid by federal agents ended with an entire Hells Angels chapter arrested in California Tuesday. Six men were arrested in Bakersfield, including the biker gang chapter's president and vice president, and a seventh suspect was already in custody on other charges, the Los Angeles Times reports. More...

She's Shipping Hundreds of LGBTQ+ Books Across the US

Becka Robbins of San Francisco's Fabulosa Books is pushing back against nationwide book bans

(Newser) - In an increasingly divisive political sphere, Becka Robbins focuses on what she knows best—books. Operating out of a tiny room in Fabulosa Books in San Francisco's Castro District, one of the oldest gay neighborhoods in the United States, Robbins uses donations from customers to ship boxes of books...

Cops Tried to Pull Him Over for DUI. He Hit the Gas

Car crash in Upland, California, leaves 4 dead, 2 injured

(Newser) - An early morning police chase in Southern California after an attempted DUI traffic stop ended violently on Friday, after the suspect crashed into another car, killing himself and three other people in his car and injuring two in another vehicle, reports the Los Angeles Times . A rep from the San...

Suit: LA Using Illegal Means to Save Marilyn Monroe House
Marilyn Monroe Home
Saved From Destruction

Marilyn Monroe Home Saved From Destruction

It's now designated as a historic cultural monument

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles home, where the glamour icon spent her final moments in 1962 before dying of a drug overdose, has been saved from demolition. The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to designate it as a historic cultural monument, CBS News reports. "We have an opportunity to...

Cops: They Flashed Fake Badges, Then Robbed Victims

Vasile Alexandru, 19, and Laurentiu Baceanu, 20, faked being ICE agents in California's OC, cops say

(Newser) - On Thursday, two back-to-back robberies in Orange County, California, captured law enforcement's attention for their similar MO: Two men in a blue SUV going up to their victims, claiming they were Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, then robbing them. Now, police in Anaheim say they've detained two men...

Man Survives 10 Days Lost in the Forest Without Even a Shirt

Lukas McClish survived by drinking creek water, eating wild berries

(Newser) - When Lukas McClish went into California's Big Basin Redwoods State Park on June 11 to look for a granite outcropping a friend had told him about, he wasn't even wearing a shirt. "I didn't bring anything because I thought I was doing a three-hour hike,"...

Searchers Find 4-Year-Old, Safe, After 22 Hours in Forest

California boy spent night under a tree in T-shirt and shorts

(Newser) - About 50 members of a search-and-rescue team combed through the Sierra National Forest looking for a 4-year-old California boy who had wandered away from his family's campsite, shouting his name. On Friday, roughly 22 hours after he went missing, Christian Ramirez answered them, per CNN . Tulare County sheriff's...

A Big First for 'World's Most Important Beverage'

Coffee is focus at UC Davis Coffee Center, said to be first coffee research hub on US college campus

(Newser) - A college in Northern California is now home to a center devoted to educating students and closely studying one of the most consumed beverages in the world known for powering people through their day—coffee. UC Davis launched its Coffee Center in May with research focused on providing support for...

Woman Who Skipped Thesis in 1941 Gets Master's

'It's nice to be recognized,' says Virginia Hislop, whose education was disrupted by WWII

(Newser) - A 20-something Virginia Hislop was on the verge of completing a master's degree in education in 1941 when World War II threw a wrench in her plans. She'd completed all degree requirements but a final thesis when her fiance was called to serve. Hislop abandoned her studies to...

Newsom Calls for Banning Smartphones in Schools

California governor is looking for the move to be made over the summer

(Newser) - If Gavin Newsom has his way, smartphones will soon be banned from public schools in his state. The California governor on Tuesday called for such a ban to be instituted by the end of the current legislative session in August, Politico reports. "As the Surgeon General affirmed , social media...

California Fast-Food Managers Make Impressive Salaries

Wall Street Journal profiles one at Raising Cane's who pulls in $174K a year

(Newser) - California now requires that fast-food workers make at least $20 an hour . But as the Wall Street Journal reports, a less-publicized part of the same law requires that fast-food managers make at least $83,200. That's the background for the newspaper's day-in-the-life feature about a general manager at...

Secret Service Agent Has Scary Night After Biden Gala

Agent robbed at gunpoint in LA suburb of Tustin, fired gun, police say

(Newser) - In Los Angeles on Friday, President Biden appeared at a reelection fundraiser for himself alongside such notables as former President Obama, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts. Meanwhile, just miles away in a nearby suburb, one of his Secret Service agents got caught up in a robbery. Police say they were...

First California Wildfire a 'Taste of What's to Come'

Hot and windy conditions are fueling the Post Fire near Los Angeles

(Newser) - California's first major wildfire of the season is here, and the newly named Post Fire is not expected to enter the record books in terms of scale or damage. But the nature of the fire in Los Angeles County and the fact that it's only mid-June nonetheless has...

Mountain Lion Found Dead Less Than a Mile From Planned Wildlife Crossing

Expert believes the big cat was likely struck by a vehicle on highway

(Newser) - A mountain lion was found dead on a California highway, less than a mile from where a wildlife crossing is in the process of being constructed. The animal was found in the far right lane of the southbound 101 near Agoura Hills early Saturday, Fox 11 Los Angeles reports. The...

They Ran Out of Water. He Shielded Her With His Body

Rescuers find couple huddled in Joshua Tree amid triple-digit temps last weekend

(Newser) - A couple hiking in the desert south of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California was rescued after running out of water, authorities said. On Sunday, the man called 911 and reported that his girlfriend was dehydrated and weak, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Office...

Socialite Sentenced in Hit-and-Run Deaths of 2 Boys

Rebecca Grossman gets 15 years to life

(Newser) - A Southern California socialite was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison for the hit-and-run deaths of two young brothers in a crosswalk more than three years ago. Authorities said Rebecca Grossman, wife of a prominent Los Angeles burn doctor, fatally struck Mark Iskander, 11, and brother Jacob,...

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