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Silver Lining in LA: Kobe Murals Are 'Saved'

Vanessa Bryant urges followers to 'drive out hate'

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant is taking solace in the fact that murals of her late husband and daughter have been left untouched during unrest in Los Angeles . Kobe Bryant's widow shared a screenshot of a news report showing a burning building in the Fairfax district on her Instagram story on Monday,... More »

Mayor Says National Guard Will Be Deployed in LA

Newsom declares state of emergency

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles says National Guard troops are being sent in to the nation's second-largest city after a fourth day of violent protests Saturday saw demonstrators clash repeatedly with officers, torch police vehicles, and ransack businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500... More »

Denzel Guides Police as They Frisk Black Man

The actor is praised for stepping in to help a homeless man

(Newser) - Social media is applauding Denzel Washington for helping out a homeless man in Los Angeles—an encounter that (as people are pointing out) ended much differently than the arrest of George Floyd. Seems the Hollywood icon saw the man wandering out on La Cienega Blvd. and pulled over, then chatted... More »

Supreme Court Weighs In on Church's Shutdown Bid

In 5-4 ruling, court rejects California church's attempt to block restrictions on public gatherings

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's liberal judges Friday to reject a California church's appeal to block restrictions on public gatherings. Per the New York Times , the 5-4 ruling found that the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, Calif., as well as other houses... More »

Woman Arrested After Racist Notes Taped to Homes

Police say Nancy Arechiga, 52, had more of the notes in her backpack

(Newser) - A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area has been arrested on suspicion of posting handwritten messages at several homes, targeting Asian Americans and suggesting that those not native to the United States should leave the country immediately. Police in San Leandro, a suburb of 89,000 just south of... More »

California Churches Can Open Sooner Than Expected

Gov. Gavin Newsom had initially said reopening religious gatherings could be weeks away

(Newser) - Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing, and refrain from shaking hands or hugging. The state released guidance under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues, and... More »

It's No Longer X Æ A-12 Musk

Elon, Grimes change their baby's name to something slightly more legal

(Newser) - Less than a month old , the son of Grimes and Elon Musk is already the subject of disagreement between his less-than-conventional parents and the state of California, which has now resulted in little X Æ A-12 Musk being renamed, reports CNN . "Did you change the baby name because... More »

Republican Party Sues California Over Mail-In Voting

RNC wants to block Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee is not OK with California's plan to send every resident a mail-in ballot for the November election and is now suing over what it calls an "illegal power grab" by the governor. The RNC, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California... More »

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf Arrested in Calif.

Former No. 2 draft pick busted on a domestic battery charge

(Newser) - Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday, reports the AP . Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Saturday.... More »

Ex-Employees Accused of Killing Cannabis Company Boss

'4 people who did an awful thing are in custody'

(Newser) - Police say the "heinous" and "senseless" kidnapping and murder of a California tech executive last year was carried out by four young men—including two of his own employees. Police say Kaleb Charters, 19, and Stephen Lindsay, 22, worked at a cannabis business run by 50-year-old Tushar Atre,... More »

Coroner: All Victims of Dive Boat Fire Died of Smoke Inhalation

34 who perished on Conception in 2019 suffered carbon monoxide poisoning

(Newser) - Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday. All 33 scuba divers and one crew member died in the Sept. 2 fire aboard... More »

The $1.2M Rent? Oakland A's Aren't Paying It

Team says it can't use venue due to shelter-in-place order

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics have so far refused to pay the $1.2 million annual rent due April 1 for use of its city and county-owned ball park. Henry Gardner, interim head of the Coliseum Authority, tells the East Bay Times the Athletics "said because they haven't used [the... More »

Wrestler's Last Words: 'Save My Son'

Body of Shad Gaspard, 39, washes ashore in Venice Beach, Calif.

(Newser) - Former WWE star Shad Gaspard has been confirmed dead after he disappeared in a rip current off Venice Beach, Calif., on Sunday. A person reported a body on the beach near Venice Pier around 1:30am Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has since confirmed the body is... More »

Big Schools Starting to Flesh Out Fall Plans

Notre Dame bringing back students two weeks early, will skip fall break

(Newser) - Colleges are starting to nail down their plans for the fall, and the approaches already are wide-ranging. The California state university system, for example, will not have students return this fall and will instead continue online classes. But Notre Dame is taking an opposite approach—it's bringing back students... More »

In One State, Undocumented Immigrants Get Virus Relief

California has the first such initiative in the US

(Newser) - Undocumented immigrants in California worried they can't pay their bills during the pandemic are starting to see some relief, thanks to a $75 million assistance program that launched Monday. Each adult applicant on the Social Services website can receive $500, with a cap of $1,000 per household. The... More »

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the... More »

Musk Lists 5 More Properties for Sale

He's asking a combined $97.5M for the properties, all in California

(Newser) - Elon Musk appears to be keeping with his decision to own no home, with five more properties listed for sale. The Tesla founder is selling a 16,000-square foot mansion on 47 acres in Hillsborough, Calif., for $35 million, per the San Jose Mercury News . Musk purchased the home, featuring... More »

He's Spending Quarantine in a Ghost Town

Brent Underwood describes strange encounters in Cerro Gordo

(Newser) - There's perhaps no better place to ride out a pandemic than in a ghost town, so long as you don't mind the ghosts. And Brent Underwood, co-owner of a historic California mining town abandoned in the 1880s, insists they're present. "There have been too many incidents... More »

Deadly California Shark Attack Puzzles Experts

They don't usually attack in May, or in the afternoon

(Newser) - Experts still haven't confirmed what kind of shark killed a surfer at a northern California beach Saturday—and they say the timing was unusual in more ways than one. Dave Ebert with the Pacific Shark Research Center says shark attacks usually occur between about July and November, and "... More »

In Rare Move, Republican Flips California House Seat

Mike Garcia wins special election

(Newser) - Mike Garcia grew up a single-minded kid from Southern California: He just wanted to fly fighter jets. His decision to enter national politics wouldn’t come until decades later, after he had seen one California election too many. A career as a Navy aviator would lead to a decade in... More »

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