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For $300K, You Can Live Like a 'Troll'

California apartment embedded in bridge goes viral

(Newser) - A waterfront property close to downtown Los Angeles is listed on the market for $250,000. So what's the catch? For starters, you have to live under a bridge. Which is why this 462-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Alhambra has been dubbed the "troll apartment," per UPI...

After 25 Years, Serial Killer's Fourth Victim Identified

Kerry Ann Cummings' family last heard from her in 1997

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, family members wondered what had happened to Kerry Ann Cummings. Thanks to forensic genealogy, they now have closure, but her fate was a grim one. Investigators say Cummings, who was 25 years old and suffering from untreated mental illness when her family last heard from...

'It Was a Very Mournful Cry for Daddy Over and Over Again'

Man who killed father sleeping in tent with young daughters is sentenced

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot a father as he slept in a tent with his two young daughters at California's Malibu Creek State Park campground was on Wednesday sentenced to 119 years to life behind bars. Anthony Rauda, 46, had been convicted of 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette's 2018 murder...

Florida: Yep, We Sent Those Migrants to California

Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, has yet to comment publicly on the latest migrant flights

(Newser) - The two groups of migrants that arrived in California's state capital last week and this week were indeed sent there by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration, Florida officials confirmed Tuesday. "Through verbal and written consent, these volunteers indicated they wanted to go to California," says the Florida...

Punches Thrown as School Debates Pride Month

Protesters gathered outside California school board meeting

(Newser) - Protesters briefly scuffled and punches flew Tuesday as a Southern California school district decided whether to recognize June as Pride month, the AP reports. Several hundred people gathered in the parking lot of the Glendale Unified School District headquarters, split between those who support or oppose teaching about exposing youngsters...

California Plans Novel Shift in Electric Bills

Wealthy residents will pay more under new state law, and they're not happy about it

(Newser) - It could be a revolutionary twist for the energy sector: California will soon issue income-based electricity bills, reports the Washington Post . The state with some of the nation's highest electricity costs—1.5 to 2 times the national average—is shaking things up a bit. By 2025, the cost...

In California's Sierra Nevada, an 'Exciting' Rare Find

For only 2nd time since early 1920s, a wolverine is spotted wandering the Golden State

(Newser) - A mystery creature that's been spotted in recent weeks wandering the Eastern Sierra in California has been identified, and wildlife officials are marveling. NBC News reports that on Thursday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the animal is a lone rare wolverine, seen once last month in...

Newsom Threatens DeSantis After 'Immoral' Migrant Move

More migrants allegedly sent by Sunshine State dropped off in Sacramento

(Newser) - After 16 South American migrants were allegedly sent from Florida to California on Friday, California officials say Florida did the same thing with a group of 20 migrants Monday. In response, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared to threaten DeSantis, whom he called a "small, pathetic man," with kidnapping...

These States Are Pulling Their Weight for US Economy

Washington state has the best economy, West Virginia the worst, per WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - When it comes to the US economy, a variety of factors underlie its health (or lack thereof), with the economies of individual states playing a significant part. WalletHub wanted to see which ones are really pulling their weight when it comes to contributing to the national coffers, so it looked...

Another Insurer Stops Selling California Homeowner Policies

Allstate has put new policies in the state on pause

(Newser) - Another big insurance company has quietly stopped selling home insurance in California. Allstate, which in 2021 was the fourth-largest property and casualty insurance provider in the state, is no longer writing new homeowner, condo, or commercial insurance policies there, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The company says the pause on...

Baseball Legend Could Stir Up Race for Feinstein's Seat

Steve Garvey is a Republican, but also famous, so 'never say never'

(Newser) - You'd have to go back a generation—to 1988—to find the last time a Republican candidate won a US Senate race in heavily Democratic California. This time, the party might get an MVP on the ballot. Baseball legend Steve Garvey, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and...

Check Out the $61M Digs J.Lo, Ben Affleck Just Bought

Couple splurges for 12-bedroom, 24-bathroom (yes, 24) home in Beverly Hills

(Newser) - When nature calls, it's good to know your new home has 24 bathrooms to choose from. We're not sure if that feature is what ultimately sold Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on their new $61 million mansion, but it's the one the Daily Mail homes in on...

Gov: Manson Family Member Poses 'Unreasonable Danger'
Court Calls for Freeing
Manson Family Member

Court Calls for Freeing Manson Family Member

Decision overrules California governor on parole for Leslie Van Houten, 72

(Newser) - A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that Charles Manson's youngest follower should be released from prison, reversing Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 2-1 decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said Leslie Van Houten "has shown extraordinary rehabilitative efforts, insight, remorse, realistic parole plans, support...

Pot Farms Face Threat From Widely Spreading Pathogen

Nearly every growing operation in California has it, scientists say

(Newser) - California's marijuana industry is facing a major threat in the form of an infectious pathogen that scientists say has reached almost every pot farm in the state. The damage could run in the billions of dollars, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hop-latent viroid grows unseen for months in cannabas...

Large California Ghost Town Gets a Mystery Buyer

Former mining town of Eagle Mountain, California, sells for $22M

(Newser) - A well-known California ghost town has a new owner, but nobody is quite sure what comes next for Eagle Mountain, California. The desert locale near Joshua Tree National Park was once a mining town before it shuttered in the 1980s, reports the Los Angeles Times . Since then, Eagle Mountain has...

$2B Powerball Winner Indeed Was a Hot Ticket, Suit Claims

Plaintiff says he's the one who bought the lucky ticket, not Edwin Castro

(Newser) - A bit of the $2 billion Powerball jackpot that a California man won apparently will be going to lawyers. A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County says the ticket Edwin Castro cashed in was stolen, CBS News reports. Jose Rivera says that he bought the ticket at Joe's Service...

Should Feinstein Resign? The Public (and Hillary) Weigh In
Big Name Pops
Up as Possible

Big Name Pops Up as Possible Feinstein Replacement

'Floated in California circle' as debate continues on whether 89-year-old senator should resign: Oprah

(Newser) - From a recent "concerning" exchange with a journalist, to the odd revelation that Nancy Pelosi's daughter is serving as her aide, Sen. Dianne Feinstein continues to spur questions on whether she should step down after a debilitating bout of shingles and related conditions . One person on the side...

San Francisco Just Got an Early 250th Birthday Present
Super Bowl 60
Finally Has a Home

Super Bowl 60 Finally Has a Home

NFL's biggest game of the year is headed to San Francisco Bay Area in 2026

(Newser) - The Super Bowl will return to the Bay Area in 2026 at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, following a vote of approval by NFL owners on Monday at their spring meetings. This will be the third time for the big game in the Bay Area, per the AP...

Brother, Sister Die After River Sweeps Them Away

Boy, 4, and girl, 8 are killed in California

(Newser) - A California river closed to the public because of its high water levels swept away two children Sunday afternoon. Crews searching the Kings River in central California found the body of an 8-year-old girl quickly and her 4-year-old brother's body on Monday, per KFSN . The Fresno County Sheriff’s...

States Reach Historic Deal to Save Colorado River

California, Arizona, and Nevada will cut back on water to keep it from running dry

(Newser) - States along the Colorado River have finally struck a deal to keep the vital waterway from running dry in the West, reports the New York Times . The shorthand version of the complicated arrangement is that California, Arizona, and Nevada will reduce by 13% the amount of water they pull from...

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