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After Singer's Claim, Sephora to Shut All Stores Wednesday

Chain will be holding 'inclusion workshops' for workers after SZA says she was racially profiled

(Newser) - If you're wondering this Wednesday why the doors of your local Sephora are shut, it may be partly tied back to a tweet from an R&B singer. At the end of April, SZA (real name Solana Rowe) was shopping at a Sephora in Calabasas, Calif., when she says... More »

She Was Snapping Pics of the Falls. Then She Slipped

Officials warn others about selfies, other photos after woman dies in California

(Newser) - Another death linked to a picture-taking session, this time in California. Fire officials say the body of a "young woman" was found Friday in a bay at Emerald Bay State Park, which is in South Lake Tahoe, per Fox News . "Crews from the Tahoe Truckee Regional Rescue Team... More »

Boy, 4, Attacked by Cougar in the Middle of the Afternoon

His father saved him from mountain lion's grips

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy is lucky to have survived what's claimed to be the first cougar attack in California's San Diego County in more than 20 years. The boy and his family were with a group hiking in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve around 2:30pm Monday when the... More »

Coffee Shop: Big Company Has 'Ridiculous' Claim on Word 'Cat'

Cat and Cloud Coffee is pushing back on Caterpillar's trademark infringement claim

(Newser) - The world of copyright and trademark infringement is a tricky one that often involves David vs. Goliath battles—a truth that a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, Calif., is finding out the hard way. KSBW reports that Cat and Cloud Coffee first received a cease-and-desist order last August from none... More »

Missing Woman's Car Found by Highway

Colorado's Jennifer Michelle Lorber disappeared in California

(Newser) - An intense search is on for a Colorado woman whose rented car was found on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. Jennifer Michelle Lorber, 30, was last heard from around 11pm Thursday after she flew to Los Angeles, rented a car, and drove to a motel... More »

26th Horse in 5 Months Dies at Santa Anita

Kochees is 3rd horse to die in 9 days

(Newser) - Santa Anita had its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulled up during a race and was euthanized. Twenty-six horses have died in racing or training at the southern California track since Dec. 26, reports the AP . The Los Angeles Times reports that Kochees sustained an injury... More »

3 Hurt in Amusement Park Log Ride Crash

Woman was critically injured after ride malfunctioned

(Newser) - Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a southern California amusement park. Fire officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside, the AP reports. Officials say riders... More »

LA County Tenant to Be Forced Out of Home at 102

Thelma Smith getting the boot because landlord's daughter needs a place to live

(Newser) - A 102-year-old woman is being evicted from her Los Angeles residence of 30 years, without relocation assistance. Thelma Smith received a notice in March saying she would have three months to vacate the home she's inhabiting on a month-to-month lease so the landlord's daughter, who is graduating from... More »

Rich Liberals Are Creating 'Unlivable' US Cities

In 'NYT,' Farhad Manjoo says Dems have a NIMBY attitude that belies their progressive stance

(Newser) - California is suffering from an "emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality." That's the take of Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times , who writes that the Golden State is weighed down by a "livability" problem, plagued with a lack of affordable housing,... More »

'American Taliban' Is Free, Not Going Back to California

John Walker Lindh will live in Virginia for now

(Newser) - John Walker Lindh, better known as the "American Taliban," left federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday to restart his life as a free man. The native of Marin County, California, however, won't be returning to his home state, at least not immediately. CNN reports Lindh... More »

America Is Forgetting All About Vanished Teen

Karlie Guse wandered off into the unknown

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen's violent kidnapping last year drew media attention and a nation-wide sigh of relief when she turned up safe . But California teen Karlie Guse, who vanished around the same time, may be nearly forgotten. "It has been seven months," her mother Lindsay Fairley tells Fox... More »

California Sues Feds Over Canceled Rail Funds

Newsom says Trump move was retribution for opposition to immigration policies

(Newser) - California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project , escalating the state's feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a decade ago,... More »

Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

Armed F-16 Slams Into Warehouse

13 people are hurt, but no lives are lost

(Newser) - An F-16 fighter jet slammed into a California warehouse Thursday loaded with live ammunition—but while 13 people were hurt, it appears none of the ammo went off, CNN reports. A fact sheet on the jet says it can carry a cannon with missiles and 500 rounds. The jet apparently... More »

These 5 Furry Stowaways Just Took a 400-Mile Trip

Meet Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper.

(Newser) - Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego, per the AP... More »

Horse No. 24 Dies at Southern Calif. Racetrack

Commander Coil was euthanized after rare shoulder injury at Santa Anita Park

(Newser) - Since Christmas there have been 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park. Now, make it 24. A statement from the Stronach Group, which owns the track, notes that Commander Coil, a 3-year-old gelding, was put down after an unusual shoulder injury sustained during training Friday morning—the first horse death... More »

Investigators Confirm PG&E Caused Deadliest Calif. Fire

Transmission lines sparked Camp fire

(Newser) - Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest US wildfire in a century and the deadliest in state history, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based... More »

Synagogue Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 109 Charges

John Earnest faces federal hate crime charges

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to 109 federal hate crime charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing—to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney's decision against... More »

You Won't Want to Put Cream, Sugar in This Cup of Coffee

It would dilute the flavor of this $75-per-cup joe, offered by just one US company

(Newser) - One hundred pounds of a hard-to-find Panamanian coffee was recently auctioned off to buyers worldwide, and just one company in the US got its hands on 10 pounds of it. Now, per KGO , Klatch Coffee, with one shop in San Francisco and several more scattered throughout Southern California, will be... More »

Getty Family Has Murky Ties to Gun-Filled Mansion

It took law enforcement 12 hours to pull all the guns out of the home

(Newser) - An estate located near the Playboy Mansion remains the focal point for a Southern California mystery, complete with a posh address, a chaotic interior, and a link to the Getty family. It was also what authorities are calling a "hoarder's paradise." The home that authorities raided Wednesday... More »

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