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Woman Boards Plane, Gets Text: 'Want to Sit Next to Me?'

Ashley Barno accuses American Airlines of negligent hiring after enduring harassment

(Newser) - Ashley Barno was waiting to board an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago when the texts flooded in. An unknown sender said hello, complimented Barno's appearance, and noted he'd been watching her at San Diego International. "You are looking very gorgeous in grey top today!... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 7 in San Diego. This Is to Blame

Bacteria is linked to the injection of black tar heroin

(Newser) - Seven people in San Diego County have been killed by a flesh-eating bacteria since the beginning of October, and health officials say the outbreak is linked to the use of black tar heroin. Black tar heroin is "sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal," with a dark... More »

Sole Survivor, 9, of Murder-Suicide That Killed Entire Family Dies

Ezekiel Valdivia dies after his father killed his mom, 3 brothers on Nov. 16

(Newser) - He was the only survivor of a murder-suicide shooting that claimed the lives of his mother and three brothers. Now, a 9-year-old California boy has also died. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune , Karl Albright says his nephew Ezekiel Valdivia, who'd been on life support since the Nov. 16 shooting... More »

Boy, 9, Is Sole Survivor After Murder-Suicide Kills 5

Cops say father killed wife, 3 sons

(Newser) - A San Diego man murdered his wife and three of their four sons less than 24 hours after she obtained a restraining order against him, police say. Investigators believe the man shot his estranged wife and all four children at their home early Saturday before killing himself, People reports. Family... More »

Single in America? These Are the Best Places to Be

Be sure to avoid Pearl City, Hawaii

(Newser) - Almost half of US adults are unmarried, but WalletHub wants to change that. With the goal "to help America's singles find love," the site compared living costs, including the cost of restaurant meals and movie tickets; the availability of recreational activities; the share of singles; and more... More »

San Diego Student Dies After Fraternity Event

SDSU suspends 14 frats in response

(Newser) - San Diego State University has placed 14 fraternities on suspension after the death of a Phi Gamma Delta pledge. The county medical examiner's office says Dylan Hernandez was hospitalized on Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his dorm room, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Hernandez, who turned... More »

Woman Found Living in Van With 300 Rats

San Diego resident says she started with only 2 rats

(Newser) - A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up—all 300 of them, the AP reports. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found... 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 »

On California Beach, a Tragedy With 'No Rhyme or Reason'

Cliff collapse kills 3 in Encinitas

(Newser) - Three people are dead and at least one other was injured after a cliff collapsed on a popular Southern California beach Friday, authorities said. The sandstone bluff gave way shortly before 3pm in Encinitas, a suburb north of San Diego, per the AP , NBC San Diego , and the New York ... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

Toddler Dies After Visiting County Fair

Health officials in San Diego blame E. coli, possibly from petting zoo

(Newser) - Four children were sickened after visiting the San Diego County Fair earlier this month, and now, one has died. FOX 5 , citing a release from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, reports all four children, said to be between the ages of 2 and 13, contracted E.... More »

Valedictorian's Speech Started With Thanks, Ended With Barbs

Nataly Buhr 'thanked' office staff for 'negligence'

(Newser) - A California high school valedictorian threw a curveball in her commencement speech last week, and school officials aren't thrilled. Nataly Buhr's address last Thursday to the crowd at San Diego's San Ysidro High School started off typical, with Nataly thanking teachers and her parents, per Fox News... More »

Newborn Makes History for Her Incredible Birth Weight

Doctors said 'Saybie' only had an hour to live

(Newser) - When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple. A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of the girl and said she is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed just 8.6 ounces when she was born in... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... 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 »

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 »

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,... More »

Gunman Kills 1, Wounds 3 in Passover Shooting

A suspect was detained near the crime scene

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in a California synagogue Saturday and took a woman's life in what authorities are calling a hate crime, the New York Times reports. The attacker—described as white, 19, and using an AR-style gun—also wounded three others, including the rabbi, who was shot in... More »

Churchgoers Tackle Woman They Say Made Bomb Threat

Suspect holding baby allegedly threatened to blow up San Diego church, waved handgun around

(Newser) - Places of worship around the world were on high alert Easter after apparently coordinated attacks killed nearly 300 in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka over the weekend, which may be why congregants at a San Diego church were willing to jump a woman they say arrived with a baby... More »

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