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California's Seismic Decision Could Reshape College Sports

State will let college athletes hire agents, make money from endorsements

(Newser) - California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape amateur sports in the US. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he signed the law that would let athletes at California universities make money from... More »

Woman Who Livestreamed Fatal Crash Is Out on Parole

Obdulia Sanchez served 26 months in prison

(Newser) - A California woman convicted of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison, reports the AP . Obdulia Sanchez was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and child endangerment. She was sentenced to six years and four... More »

Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Man Learns His Fate

Officer Salvador Sanchez won't be charged

(Newser) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a mentally ill man who had attacked him and his young son from behind in a California Costco, the AP reports. In announcing a grand jury's findings, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Officer Salvador... More »

Skydiving Accident Takes Life of 28-Year-Old Woman

She hit a big rig on a highway

(Newser) - As a group of seven skydivers descended near California's Lodi Airport on Thursday afternoon, something went terribly wrong. A 28-year-old woman died after she was apparently blown off course amid windy conditions that affected her open parachute, reports the Washington Post . She hit a big rig on a highway... More »

Angry Parents Confront Superintendent After Death of Boy, 13

School is accused of failing to stop bullying

(Newser) - The death of a 13-year-old boy attacked by two classmates has saddened, shocked, and angered parents in a California community. The boy, identified only as Diego, was attacked at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley on Sept. 16 and was pronounced clinically dead eight days later, CBS Los Angeles reports.... More »

Young Cancer Patients Get Awful Letter: 'I Started Crying'

Stem cells for dozens accidentally destroyed at LA medical center after freezer malfunction

(Newser) - "Insufficient" safeguards at a California medical center have led to a devastating loss for dozens of young cancer patients. KABC reports that stem cells for 56 patients were accidentally destroyed after a freezer they were stored in at Children's Hospital Los Angeles stopped working properly. A statement from... More »

Kevin Hart Crash Seems Far From Over

The actor/comedian is back home and recuperating

(Newser) - On the bright side, Kevin Hart is recuperating after a death-defying car crash . But TMZ reports that he and the other two survivors are lawyering up for what looks like "a big lawsuit." Sources say the comedian/actor might be at fault because his classic 1970 Plymouth Barracuda had... More »

Court Denies Parole to 'Rehabilitated' Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten's attorney says she's been rehabilitated, will appeal

(Newser) - Looks like no one's getting parole this week. The latest to find out she won't be leaving prison: Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. The Los Angeles Times reports that a California appellate court rejected the 70-year-old's latest bid for freedom, citing the "extreme gravity" of the... More »

Trump Officially Bars California From Setting Fuel Standards

President says the move will result in cheaper, safer cars

(Newser) - As expected , President Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In a series of tweets , Trump said... More »

Trump in California: LA, SF Are 'Allowing' Homelessness

President says he'll do 'something about it at the appropriate time'

(Newser) - President Trump began a California visit on Tuesday, saying he will do "something" about homelessness but offering no specifics beyond the mention of creating a task force, the AP reports. "We can't let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what's... More »

Wealthy Dad Charged After 11-Year-Old Son Dies in Boat Accident

Javier Burillo, member of one of Mexico's richest families, hit with manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A family outing on San Francisco Bay ended in tragedy Sunday, leaving an 11-year-old boy dead and his dad, a luxury property developer and member of one of the most affluent families in Mexico, charged in his death. "We're all heartsick about it. The community is shocked,"... More »

A 7th Death Tied to Vaping, as One State Makes a Big Move

California, site of most recent fatality, is launching a $20M anti-vaping ad campaign

(Newser) - As officials try to figure out what's causing a spate of vaping illnesses, some proving fatal , news of another death has come in. CNN reports that the most recent e-cigarette fatality, the nation's seventh so far, is a 40-year-old from California, the second death in that state. A... More »

After Dream, Woman Finds Out She Swallowed Diamond Ring

Engagement ring had to be surgically removed

(Newser) - When California woman Jenna Evans found herself in "a very sketchy situation involving a high-speed train and bad guys," she decided to protect her engagement ring by popping it off her finger and swallowing it with a glass of water. The 29-year-old, who has a history of sleepwalking,... More »

They Were Voting on a Bill. Then the 'Blood' Rained Down

Woman allegedly hurled menstrual cup with what 'appeared to be blood' at Calif. state senators

(Newser) - California's state senators trying to get through the last day of the legislative year in Sacramento got a somewhat early break Friday after a protester's actions spurred the evacuation of the Capitol's chambers. The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times report that around 5:15pm, as the... More »

Woman in Coma After Using Face Cream

Sacramento woman bought skin-lightening cream in Mexico tainted with mercury

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman from Sacramento, Calif., stumbled into the ER earlier this summer, slurring her speech and complaining of numbness in her face and hands. Soon after, she slipped into a semi-comatose state, which she's now been in for weeks, and health officials say they've traced the cause... More »

This Could Mean Huge Change in College Sports

California wants to let players get paid for endorsements; bill is on governor's desk

(Newser) - Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC, UCLA, and Stanford, per the AP . Gov. Gavin Newsom... More »

Final Victim of Dive Boat Disaster Recovered

Coast Guard issues new safety recommendations

(Newser) - The body of the only victim still missing after the Labor Day diving boat disaster was recovered by divers Wednesday, authorities say. The bodies of 33 other victims who died in the fire off California's Santa Cruz Island were recovered earlier. "The Conception Incident Unified Command is relieved... More »

Stranded Family Rescued Thanks to Message in Bottle

They were trapped at top of 40-foot waterfall

(Newser) - When he became stranded at the top of a waterfall with his girlfriend and 13-year-old son, a California man used a message in a bottle to ask for help—and it worked within hours. The trio had been hiking and inner tubing down the Arroyo Seco river in central California... More »

Church Leaders Charged With Swindling the Homeless

Federal indictment accuses them of forcing homeless to beg, taking their welfare benefits

(Newser) - Homeless people drawn in by promises of food and a place to stay got something a little different: stints of forced labor in which they were made to beg for money for up to nine hours a day, six days a week. That was just one of the allegations mentioned... More »

Former Survivor Producer Who Murdered Wife Goes Free

Bruce Beresford-Redman spent 7 years in Mexico prison

(Newser) - The former Survivor producer convicted of murdering his wife during a family vacation to Cancun in 2010 is once again a free man. Bruce Beresford-Redman went on trial in Mexico and was sentenced to 12 years; he served just seven in a Quintana Roo prison and was released two months... More »

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