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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 »

He Pleaded Guilty, Got 15 Years. Then the Lab Results Came In

Turns out Cody Gregg wasn't carrying 45.91 grams of cocaine

(Newser) - After nearly two months in the Oklahoma County Jail, Cody Gregg had enough. And so the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in a bid to get out of that jail. He was sentenced last Tuesday to a 15-year prison term. But by Friday, his... More »

Cops: NYC Homeless Man Slammed Boy on His Head

'Kill the kid,' mentally ill suspect reportedly uttered

(Newser) - A New York City homeless man with a history of mental illness is accused of picking up a young boy and slamming him on his head, causing brain hemorrhaging. Grandfather Naftali Portnoy explains the boy, variously described as age 6 or 7, was with his 10-year-old brother outside of Portnoy'... More »

Man Charged in NYC Homeless Murders

Randy Santos, 24, is up on murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - Four homeless men are dead, and prosecutors have their perp. Randy Santos, 24, was charged Sunday with four counts of murder and one of attempted murder as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, an NYPD detective tells CNN . The four men were beaten to death and one seriously injured in... More »

They Were Sleeping on the Streets. Now, 4 Dead in Rampage

Victims believed to have been homeless; 'long metal object' recovered

(Newser) - Four men who were believed to be homeless were brutally attacked and killed Saturday in a New York City street rampage. New York Police Department Detective Annette Shelton says that a fifth man remained in critical condition Saturday after also being struck with a long metal object that authorities recovered.... 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 »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

Church Leaders Charged With Swindling the Homeless

Federal indictment accuses them of forcing homeless to beg, taking their welfare benefits

(Newser) - Homeless people drawn in by promises of food and a place to stay got something a little different: stints of forced labor in which they were made to beg for money for up to nine hours a day, six days a week. That was just one of the allegations mentioned... More »

Trump Wants to Deal With California Homeless Crisis

Oakland mayor accuses him of 'political posturing'

(Newser) - President Trump is taking a strong interest in California's homelessness crisis—but some of the state's politicians don't trust his motives. Officials have confirmed that the administration sent a team to Los Angeles for a "fact finding" tour Tuesday, CNN reports. Sources tell the Washington Post... More »

West Palm Beach 'Weaponizes' Music

City plays children's music over speakers to keep homeless from sleeping in pavilion

(Newser) - West Palm Beach doesn't want the homeless loitering or sleeping in its waterfront Lake Pavilion, so it's using an unusual tactic to keep that from happening: music. Specifically, as the Palm Beach Post describes it, "weaponized" music. The children’s songs "Raining Tacos" and "Baby... More »

San Fran Residents Mount Last-Ditch Fight Against Shelter

Lawsuit argues homeless facility will hurt the environment

(Newser) - San Francisco residents who object to a homeless shelter going up in their upscale neighborhood aren't done fighting yet. A new lawsuit says the project will hurt the environment, reports the Guardian . The project will lead to "additional homeless persons, open drug and alcohol use, crime, daily emergency... More »

In Los Angeles, a 'Disaster of Epic Proportions'

Spike in homelessness tied to increasing rents, lack of affordable housing

(Newser) - Despite $619 million spent to end homelessness around Los Angeles in 2018, the situation only got worse. Over the last year, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, or in shelters rose 12%, to just under 59,000 in Los Angeles County, and climbed 16% to 36,... More »

Here's Who Paid $4.5M for a Lunch With Warren Buffett

That's a record as the 'Oracle of Omaha' continues to raise money for GLIDE

(Newser) - This is the 20th year Warren Buffett has auctioned off a "power lunch" with himself, and the winning bid set a record at more than $4.5 million. The billionaire investor started doing the auctions at a live charity event for GLIDE , a foundation that helps the homeless in... More »

Wealthy SF Residents Lose Fight Over Homeless Shelter

But they say they'll keep fighting

(Newser) - San Francisco's Port Commission has unanimously approved a homeless shelter in the Embarcadero neighborhood, despite fierce objections from some of the wealthy area's residents. The city says approval for the waterfront "Navigation Center" was granted for two years, with an option to extend for another two years... More »

There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now

Rival campaigns raising funds in support and opposition of a proposed SF homeless shelter

(Newser) - It's not every day that the GoFundMe team donates to a GoFundMe campaign—and that's just one unusual element of a battle playing out on the platform. It started with a campaign called "Safe Embarcadero for All" —one that is seeking to raise $100,000 to... More »

A Self-Driving Uber Killed Her. Her Family Targets Where She Died

$10M claim says city of Tempe, Ariz., had brick path that encouraged people to jaywalk

(Newser) - Family members of the first American killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle have settled with Uber itself, but now they're going after an Arizona city for the homeless woman's death. Per the Arizona Republic , Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed March 18, 2018, in Tempe by an Uber Volvo... More »

2 Kind Acts Bring Relief for Chicago's Homeless

An 11-year-old girl and a stranger are to thank

(Newser) - About 70 homeless people in Chicago will have a warm refuge for the rest of the week thanks to a kind stranger. The inhabitants of a tent camp at a vacant downtown lot were left without a heating source Wednesday after a propane tank exploded. Nobody was injured, but with... More »

'Tremendous Inequity' Made Clear by 2 Cats With a Sweet Pad

Tina and Louise are living large in a $1.5K-a-month apartment in Silicon Valley

(Newser) - Thousands of people are homeless in San Jose, Calif.—but Tina and Louise have a cozy setup in a $1,500-a-month apartment with an Apple TV (but no kitchen), scratching tower, and a landlord who pops in to rub their bellies. The two tenants are cats, and the Mercury ... More »

Meet Sesame Street's First Homeless Muppet

Lily's new storyline involves her family losing their home

(Newser) - For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Sesame Street will have a homeless Muppet character. Lily, a character first introduced as a hungry, impoverished little girl in 2011, is now involved in a storyline involving her family becoming homeless and having to stay with friends, CNN reports. For... More »

Bus Driver's Relentless Kindness Caught on Video

Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver Natalie Barnes is honored

(Newser) - It wasn't one act of kindness caught on surveillance video in Milwaukee, but kindness after kindness, throughout the course of a shift. And it's now being recognized. ABC News reports that on Oct. 13, Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver Natalie Barnes picked up an elderly man named... More »

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