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Driver Who Livestreamed Crash Arrested While on Parole

Obdulia Sanchez ran her car off the road during police chase

(Newser) - The California woman who livestreamed a DUI crash that killed her sister in 2017 has been arrested again, police said, after driving her car off the road during a high-speed chase. Stockton police said officers were trying to stop Obdulia Sanchez for a vehicle code violation early Thursday when she... More »

Audio: Son Blamed Actor Dad in 911 Call

Cameron Ely, 30, was a former Harvard quarterback

(Newser) - The son of Tarzan actor Ron Ely fatally stabbed his mother on Tuesday then immediately blamed his father, according to police and audio recordings. In emergency dispatch audio from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office obtained by the Blast , the dispatcher tells officers a male caller hung up after claiming... More »

Helen Hunt's SUV Almost Cleared the Intersection. Then, a Slam

'Mad About You' star appears to be OK after frightening accident in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Helen Hunt was smack in the middle of a nasty car accident this week in Los Angeles, though the Mad About You and Twister actress is said to be relatively OK. An LAPD spokesperson tells People that the accident took place in LA's Mid-City neighborhood, and TMZ has obtained... More »

Cops Find Dead Woman at Actor's Home. Then, a Shootout

Police say Ron Ely's wife was killed by the couple's son

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday at the California home of actor Ron Ely, who's described as safe and uninjured. Deputies responded to a call about a family dispute at the home in the Santa Barbara suburb of Hope Ranch around 8:15pm to find the body of an elderly... More »

Tech CEO Found Dead Thought She Was 'in the Matrix'

Dad faults police, says search for Erin Valenti wasn't a priority

(Newser) - The father of a tech CEO found dead in the back seat of a rental SUV in a quiet area of San Jose, Calif., is claiming a "charade" of a police search. Cops began searching for Erin Valenti, CEO of Utah-based app development company Tinker Ventures, after she missed... More »

Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $20K Dali Etching

Employee at San Francisco's Dennis Rae Fine Art says it happened in a flash

(Newser) - No dead of night needed for this art heist: A thief sauntered into a San Francisco gallery in the middle of the afternoon, lifted a famous Salvador Dali piece worth $20,000, and walked right back out, all in just over 30 seconds, per KGO . The framed mid-'60s etching... More »

4.5 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

Scientists don't expect major damage

(Newser) - A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was widely felt across the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday night. The Los Angeles Times reports moderate shaking was felt at 10:33pm with the epicenter in the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek areas. The US Geological Survey says weak shaking was felt in... More »

Aim of New State Law Is to Let Kids Sleep

California says public schools can't start before 8am; for high schools, it's 8:30

(Newser) - Students in California's public schools will be able to sleep in a little later on school days under a controversial new state law. By the start of the 2022 school year, public middle schools can begin no earlier than 8am and high schools no earlier than 8:30am, reports... More »

NHL Team Solves Its Taylor Swift 'Curse'

LA Kings cover up banner of the star in Staples Center that fans think is causing team to lose

(Newser) - They can't shake it off, and they won't take it down, but they can cover it up. The latter is what management for the Los Angeles Kings has done, and will continue to do, during home games to deal with a banner of Taylor Swift that hangs in... More »

Calif. Suspends Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations

Churches, Boy Scouts braced for lawsuits

(Newser) - California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom gives victims of... More »

Sorry, You Can't Buy Fur in Calif.

Beginning in 2023, clothes, shoes, and handbags can't be made with fur

(Newser) - California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The fur law bars residents from selling or making clothing, shoes, or handbags... More »

One State Tells Public Schools: You Must Offer Abortions

California tells public universities to offer medical abortions in student health centers

(Newser) - Coming to a California university near you: abortion pills. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday ensuring that public universities will provide medication abortions at student health centers on campus starting in 2023, the Hill reports. This after the state assembly voted 55-19 in September to pass Senate Bill 24... More »

California Power Shutoff Is Causing Car Accidents

More than 1 million coping with no power as a safety precaution

(Newser) - What a mess. More than 1 million people in California were without power Thursday, and the number might grow to 2 million before all is said and done. It's all part of a controversial move by PG&E to cut power in more than 30 counties as a safety... More »

California Braces for Historic Power Outage

More than 800K customers will have power cut off in attempt to prevent wildfires

(Newser) - Two years to the day after some of the deadliest wildfires tore through Northern California wine country, a utility announced Tuesday it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in the largest preventive outage in state history—to try to prevent wildfires caused by faulty power lines.... More »

This Is America's 'Greenest' City

San Francisco tops WalletHub's California-dominant list

(Newser) - The Golden State might be more appropriately called green, according to WalletHub . The site looked at 28 "green" indicators—including water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, annual excess fuel consumption, and the share of electricity from renewable sources—in America's 100 largest cities to find those that... More »

Tech Exec Found Dead Hours After Kidnapping

Police in Santa Cruz believe robbery was the motive

(Newser) - A wealthy tech executive was kidnapped from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz at 3am Tuesday and found dead later that day, police in California say. Police say they received a 911 call reporting a kidnapping and home invasion early Tuesday from the home of Tushar Atre, the 50-year-old founder... More »

She Died at 102. Then Came the $160 'Termination Fee'

DirecTV said the service had been canceled early

(Newser) - The family of a California woman learned the hard way that death won't stop DirecTV from billing you, ABC7 reports. Isabel Albright of San Lorenzo died last December at 102—a remarkable longevity that included two world wars and 18 presidents—but it wasn't enough to terminate a... More »

Cop Found Her Singing in the Subway. Now She's a Viral Hit

People want to help Emily Zamourka, a homeless immigrant—but it's complicated

(Newser) - It's "like the American Idol story, but on social media." That's how a rep for a Los Angeles councilman describes the plight of Emily Zamourka, a homeless woman discovered singing in an empty subway station by an LAPD officer. Zamourka may now have a new lease... More »

Neighbor: 'I Can't Believe Ed Was a Chinese Spy!'

California tour operator charged with being an illegal foreign agent

(Newser) - A California tour operator charged by US officials with illegally ferrying information to China was a quiet and friendly man with a taste for luxury cars, a neighbor said. Xuehua Edward Peng, 56, of Hayward was charged in documents unsealed Monday with being an illegal foreign agent and delivering classified... More »

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 »

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