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Calif. Synagogue Gunman Hears His Fate

John T. Earnest gets life without parole for killing one person, injuring 3 in 2019 Poway shooting

(Newser) - Before John T. Earnest was sentenced Thursday for fatally gunning down one person and injuring three others, including a young girl, in a 2019 shooting at a Southern California synagogue, his lawyer asked if he could make a statement. The response of San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh in...

Calif. Quake: 'Wine Everywhere,' 'Probably a Lot of Frightened Cats'

Magnitude 4.3 temblor jolted S. California Friday, though no reports of serious injuries, damage

(Newser) - Los Angeles County's weekend started off with a jolt, with a magnitude 4.3 quake hitting the area around Carson, Calif., on Friday evening. The US Geological Survey reports that shaking from the temblor, which hit right before 8pm local time, was felt throughout multiple counties, including Orange and...

Mom: Teacher Went on Racist Zoom Rant for 30 Minutes

California teacher Kimberly Newman apparently thought Zoom session had ended (it hadn't)

(Newser) - The mother of a Black 12-year-old boy is seeking damages from a Southern California school district after her son's teacher went on a half-hour tirade laced with racism and profanity. Katura Stokes filed a damage claim—typically a precursor to a lawsuit, per the AP —on Thursday on...

She Laid Her Husband to Rest. 3 Days Later, a Racist Letter

'How cruel could you be?' Claudia Choi asks after anti-Asian note is sent to her grieving mother

(Newser) - When Byong Choi died of tuberculosis at age 83 last month, the Korean American's family had to put off his funeral in Orange County, Calif., until March 19 because of COVID restrictions, reports the Washington Post . Three days after they finally laid him to rest, a "disturbing and...

Cops: Popular Car-Part Theft Proves Fatal

Police say man in Anaheim was crushed while trying to steal catalytic converter from Prius

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day, police responded to a call from a worker at a local industrial building in Anaheim, Calif. The employee had made a distressing find upon arriving at the site: a man's unmoving legs sticking out from underneath one of the...

Ex-Pitcher Charged in Boys' Crosswalk Deaths

Scott Erickson was allegedly racing with woman who hit brothers in suburban LA crosswalk

(Newser) - Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson has been charged with reckless driving in connection to a hit-and-run in Southern California that killed two boys last year, per the AP . The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said Erickson, 52, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless driving....

33 Children Found, Some in Cycle of Abuse
33 Missing
Children Found

33 Missing Children Found

FBI leads California effort against human trafficking

(Newser) - An investigation launched during Human Trafficking Awareness Month found 33 missing children in Southern California, the FBI announced . One person was arrested on California human trafficking charges, USA Today reports. Eight of the children were being sexually exploited when they were found, officials said, and others were exploited in the...

Very Thirsty Southwest Is About to Get a Cool Drink

Record rainfall expected in some parts of drought-stricken California, Nevada, Arizona

(Newser) - Residents in the Southwest have wished for rain for some time, and they're likely going to see that wish granted. CNN notes that 70% of the region has been suffering from severe drought—Las Vegas, for example, has only had two episodes of rain over the last 273 days....

Kirk Cameron Leads Yet Another Maskless Caroling Event

Dozens of people joined actor for event in Southern California

(Newser) - Kirk Cameron is ticked off about Southern California's pandemic stay-at-home order, and he's been using the most seasonal of ways to protest it: Christmas caroling. The Growing Pains star has already held two previous singalongs this month attended by hundreds, and on Tuesday he added a third. CBS...

Tommy Lasorda Is in Intensive Care
Tommy Lasorda
Is in Intensive Care

Tommy Lasorda Is in Intensive Care

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager is said to be resting comfortably

(Newser) - Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California, the AP reports. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Sunday that their 93-year-old former manager was in intensive care and resting comfortably at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton. He attended the team’s Game 6...

Amid Fierce Winds, 100K Ordered to Flee California Fires

2 firefighters critically injured near Irvine

(Newser) - California prepared for another round of dangerous fire weather Tuesday even as crews fought a pair of fast-moving blazes in the south that critically injured two firefighters and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders. Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season drove fires up and down...

Woman Lying on Beach Crushed to Death by Tractor

Woman crushed to death during dredging project in Oceanside, Calif.

(Newser) - A woman was lying on a California beach on Monday when she was crushed to death by a tractor. The unidentified woman appeared to be sleeping on Oceanside Harbor Beach around 10am when the "very tragic accident" occurred, Oceanside Police Department Lt. Tom Bussey tells NBC San Diego . Crews...

Protester Accused of Attempted Murder Says Cops Didn't Help Her

Tatiana Turner allegedly drove car into crowd of Trump supporters at BLM rally

(Newser) - The organizer of a Southern California rally against racism was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for driving her car into a crowd of counterprotesters. Orange County prosecutors say Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of President Trump's supporters with the intent to kill a woman, whose head she...

Quake Gives California a New Reason to Hate 2020

4.5 magnitude tremor was relatively minor, though some worry it could foreshadow a larger one

(Newser) - A 4.5-magnitude temblor struck near Los Angeles late Friday and triggered fears of a bigger California quake, Newsweek reports. Centered near El Monte in eastern LA County, the shaking reached south to San Diego and north to Valencia. No major damage or injuries were reported from the 11:38pm...

Sheriff: Deputy's Crime Was 'Violation of Public Trust'

Calif. officials: Steve Hortz responded to call on elderly man's death, then went back to steal

(Newser) - A Southern California man's work uniform may have initially helped him pull off a crime, but not ultimately. Steve Hortz, a deputy who's been with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for 12 years, was arrested Thursday after being accused of breaking into a home he'd reported...

How Hot Was It Sunday in Death Valley? It May Be a Record Breaker

It hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, possibly the highest 'reliably' recorded temp ever

(Newser) - It's not called Furnace Creek for nothing. This section of Southern California's Death Valley is notoriously hot, and it may now hold the record for the Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded. Per National Weather Service stats , the thermometer in Furnace Creek hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit around 3:...

Marine Dies, 8 Missing After Amphibious Vehicle 'Mishap'

It happened Thursday during routine training exercise off coast of Southern California

(Newser) - Search and rescue efforts are underway off the coast of Southern California after an incident involving an amphibious assault vehicle left one US Marine dead, two other service members injured, and eight missing. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force reports the "mishap" during a routine training exercise happened Thursday afternoon,...

Partier Gets COVID-19, Says It's 'No Joke,' and Dies
Guy With COVID-19
Admits His 'Stupidity,'
Dies the Next Day
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Guy With COVID-19 Admits His 'Stupidity,' Dies the Next Day

Thomas Macias had been self-isolating because of his diabetes. Then he went to a party.

(Newser) - "Hopefully with God's help, I'll be able to survive this." Thomas Macias wrote those words on Facebook after contracting COVID-19 at a party in June, then died the next day. The Southern California man, who was overweight and had diabetes, felt sick soon after the party...

Family's Fishing Trip Shattered by Deadly Rogue Wave

3 members were swept off rocks and into the sea in Southern California

(Newser) - A family of eight was enjoying an afternoon of fishing on the Southern California coast when three members were swept off rocks and into the sea. All three unidentified victims were pulled from the water before 5pm Thursday but ultimately died, Capt. Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department...

She Was Napping in Backyard. Then: 'It Immediately Attacked'

Southern California teen escapes black bear by hitting it with her laptop

(Newser) - A California teen received an unpleasant awakening from a nap this week, but she's lived to tell the tale, thanks to her computer. Per USA Today , the unidentified 19-year-old was snoozing Monday evening in a chair in the backyard of a home in Sierra Madre when suddenly, "she...

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