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State's GOP Accused of Setting Up Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif.'s Republican Party is trying to claim it's legal 'ballot harvesting,' but SecState is pushing back

(Newser) - Ballot drop boxes are popping up at churches, gun shops, candidate HQs, and local GOP party offices in three California counties, which would seem on the surface to offer voters lots of options for getting their vote counted. The problem is, these ballot boxes aren't official, and California's... More »

Arrest Made in Ambush of 2 LA County Deputies

Suspect 'hates policemen and he wants them dead'

(Newser) - California investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month as they sat in their squad car, authorities said Wednesday. Attempted murder charges were filed against Deonte Lee Murray, 36, District Attorney Jackie Lacey told reporters.... More »

Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Surge in Wine Country

One blaze in northern California burns 7K acres in less than 5 hours

(Newser) - Thousands of people fled new, rapidly moving wildfires in northern California on Monday that have scorched almost 10,000 acres. Nearly all of northern California is under a red flag warning by the National Weather Service, with a heat wave and gusty winds compounding the difficulties faced by firefighters. A... More »

'Heart-Wrenching' Video Shows LA Deputy Aiding Hurt Partner

Sheriff calls it a 'double miracle' that 2 deputies, both shot in head, are now in stable condition

(Newser) - In what the Los Angeles County sheriff is calling a "double miracle," two rookie Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were ambushed and shot in the head in Compton on Saturday night are now in stable condition after surgery at a Lynwood hospital. A newly surfaced surveillance... More »

'Deputies Down': Big Reward Offered in LA Shooting

2 Los Angeles County officers are expected to survive; reporter arrested during protests

(Newser) - The search continues for the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County deputies at close range over the weekend, and authorities hope a new incentive will help. The county sheriff's department has announced a $100,000 reward, reports NBC News . Surveillance video shows that the gunman walked up to... More »

Compton Gunman Ambushes 2 Cops in Car

'Animals must be hit hard!' President tweets after 2 cops injured in random shooting while sitting in car

(Newser) - The shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in an apparent ambush prompted a manhunt, reaction from the president , and protests outside the hospital where the 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy both underwent surgery Saturday evening, reports the AP . The deputies were shot while sitting in... More »

California's Falling Ash May Be Toxic

Because it's 2020 after all

(Newser) - As if a global pandemic, record-high temperatures , a raging wildfire, and news of approaching winds weren't bad enough, Los Angeles County residents are being told to stay inside to avoid exposure to potentially toxic ash. Fine ash has been raining down on the San Gabriel Valley, as well as... More »

New Video Emerges After Man With Bike 'Violation' Killed

LA deputies say Dijon Kizzee was reaching for weapon; attorney, witnesses have different take

(Newser) - Conflicting narratives have emerged in the case of Dijon Kizzee, the 29-year-old Black man shot dead Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after an incident reportedly involving Kizzee's violation of bicycle codes. USA Today reports that the sheriff's department, via a statement, contends Kizzee tried to... More »

Man Allegedly Broke Bike Rule, Was Shot '20+ Times'

Dijon Kizzee's death at the hands of LA County sheriff's deputies is roiling LA

(Newser) - Dijon Kizzee. That's the name of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westmont on Monday. As of early Wednesday, the names of the deputies involved hadn't been released, despite calls from family and activists. "... More »

Porn Star Faces Another 20 Charges

New accusers came forward after Ron Jeremy was hit with first counts

(Newser) - After Ron Jeremy was charged in June with sexually assaulting four women, dozens of women contacted investigators with accusations of their own. The result is 20 more charges against the porn star, involving crimes against another 13 women, Rolling Stone reports. The charges cover allegations between 2004 and Jan. 1... More »

DA's Husband Charged With Pulling Gun on BLM Protesters

'I will shoot you,' said husband of LA County DA

(Newser) - The husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple’s home the day before she faced a primary election in March. The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday in Los... More »

In One California County, a 'Steep' Spike in Virus Cases

And LA County isn't the only county in the Golden State to see alarming reversal in COVID-19 progress

(Newser) - California was seen as an early success case in combating COVID-19, shutting down early and getting the numbers low enough so that Gov. Gavin Newsom felt comfortable in starting to reopen the state. Now, however, the coronavirus has come roaring back, and in LA County especially, the state's epicenter... More »

Billie Eilish Says Fan Came to Her Home 7 Times Over 2 Days

18-year-old singer gets 3-year restraining order against Prenell Rousseau, 24

(Newser) - An alleged stalker has forced Billie Eilish's hand. TMZ reports a Los Angeles County judge granted the 18-year-old pop star a three-year restraining order Thursday. It's a permanent extension of a temporary one already issued against 24-year-old Prenell Rousseau, who showed up seven times over two days last... More »

Cops Say They Hanged Themselves. Their Families Disagree

Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch found hanged from trees in S. California, and families want answers

(Newser) - Cops say two black men found hanged from trees in two separate incidents in Southern California took their own lives, but their families are pushing back on that, insisting neither one would've ended their lives that way. The New York Times reports that the body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch,... More »

LA County Sheriff Drops Effort to Close Gun Stores

Villanueva ordered shutdown last week

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is abandoning the effort. The sheriff said he's heeding a federal Department of Homeland Security advisory issued on Saturday that... More »

Belligerent Surfer Fined $1K for Ignoring Virus Closure

Many beaches in California are closed due to COVID-19

(Newser) - Much of California's coastline is closed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but on Saturday morning, a surfer who apparently really needed his fix was fined $1,000 for ignoring the rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. A Los Angeles County lifeguard at Manhattan Beach ordered the man to stay out... More »

As Cases Rise, a Shift in Thinking on Tests

Emphasis shifts to workers and equipment for next stage

(Newser) - With the coronavirus spreading despite efforts to contain it, health officials in the parts of the US hit hardest are moving on to prepare for the next stage of the battle. Tests for the virus are being reserved for medical care workers and patients most at risk from COVID-19, the... More »

LA Sheriff Releases Inmates Over Coronavirus Fears

In Iran, authorities temporarily freed 85K inmates

(Newser) - Everyone's familiar with the COVID-19 drill by now: Use social distancing, avoid large groups in close quarters, etc. But one big population of people around the world can't manage that as well as most: inmates. Which explains why Iran, particularly hard hit by COVID-19, has just temporarily released... More »

Prosecutor's Husband Waves a Gun at Protesters

Black Lives Matter activists had gathered outside district attorney's LA home

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County district attorney has apologized—and said her husband is sorry, too—after protesters outside her home were threatened with a gun. Jackie Lacey's husband, David, stood in the doorway early Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports, and told the protesters: "I will shoot you.... More »

Kobe's Widow Not Happy About Allegations on Crash Site

Vanessa Bryant 'absolutely devastated' pictures may have been shared of victims' remains

(Newser) - An investigation is ongoing into allegations that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department leaked graphic photos of the site of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, including images that showed the victims' remains. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, is "absolutely devastated" by that claim, her lawyer says. "... More »

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