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Driver Doesn't Survive 337-Foot Jump Over River

David Callahan of Fresno, Calif., cleared the river but his vehicle rolled

(Newser) - A California man fleeing police managed to hurtle his car some 340 feet across a river, in a move out of Dukes of Hazzard , though he paid with his life. The driver, identified as 58-year-old David Callahan, was pronounced dead after police caught up with his battered Mercedes sedan. Callahan... More »

Cops: Backyard Mass Shooting Was Retaliation

6 suspected gang members arrested in Fresno

(Newser) - A backyard rampage that stunned the close-knit Hmong community in Fresno, California, was carried out by a gang bent on revenge, police say. Six suspected gang members were arrested in the November shooting that left four people dead and six injured, reports the Fresno Bee . Police Chief Andy Hall said... More »

Fresno Shooting Victims Include Hmong Singers

Police have no suspects in the shootings of 10 at house party

(Newser) - Two of the 10 people shot during a party in Fresno on Sunday night have been identified as prominent Hmong singers. JN Vang was wounded, the Fresno Bee reports, and has undergone surgery. Hmong Talk said on Facebook that a family member confirmed that Xyy Lee was among the four... More »

At Least 4 Killed in Mass Shooting at Fresno Party

Suspects snuck into backyard, police say

(Newser) - At least 10 people were shot Sunday at a party in Fresno in what appears to be a "mass casualty shooting," police say. The shooting took place about 6pm on the city’s southeast side, Fresno police Lt. Bill Dooley says. There was a "family and friend... More »

Video Shows Police Shoot Unarmed, Fleeing Teen

He was 'posing no threat to anybody,' lawyer says

(Newser) - After 16-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding was shot in the back of the head by a Fresno police officer as he ran away from officers in April 2017, police insisted the shooting was justified. A lawyer for the teen's father says newly released video tells a different story. The video, released... More »

Thinking of Retiring? Keep These Cities on Your Radar

The Sunshine State looks especially tempting for your golden years

(Newser) - Already thinking ahead on where you want to kick back once you stop punching a time clock for good? WalletHub scrutinized more than 180 US cities to suss out which ones seem most appealing for retirees, looking at nearly four dozen key metrics across four categories: affordability (including cost of... More »

Man Dies During Taco-Eating Contest

'He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing,' witness says

(Newser) - Taco Tuesday ended in tragedy at a minor league baseball game in California. A man taking part in a taco-eating contest at a Fresno Grizzlies game collapsed seven minutes into the competition and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The coroner's office says 41-year-old Dana Hutchings apparently choked... More »

Cops: After Woman Rejected Him, He Shot Her Baby

Marcos Echartea, 23, fired into a car and struck infant in the head, say police

(Newser) - A California man shot a 10-month-old in the head after her mother rejected him at a house party, say police. "It should shock the conscience," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says of the early Sunday shooting, per BuzzFeed . The child is in critical but stable condition after bullet... More »

Baseball Stadium Video Aligns AOC With Kim and Castro

Minor-league team apologizes to Ocasio-Cortez

(Newser) - A minor-league baseball team has apologized for a Memorial Day scoreboard video that showed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in league with Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro as "enemies of freedom." The Fresno Grizzlies have since apologized to the freshman member of Congress, the Fresno Bee reports. "It... More »

Cops: Girl Told by Mom to 'Hurry' Under Train Dies

'Worst thing I've ever seen in my life,' witness says of 8-year-old killed in Fresno, Calif.

(Newser) - Joy Frances Collins didn't want to miss her bus home, so the California mom asked her children to do something they'd done many times before, police say—and now her young daughter is dead. Per Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Collins, her 9-year-old son, and 8-year-old Joyanna (spelled... More »

Murder Suspect: Victim Asked Me to Clean Crime Scene

David Pena says estranged wife, stabbed by someone else, didn't want son to see her like that

(Newser) - Screams for help weren't Martha Mendiola's last words, per the California man accused of trying to kill her. Her estranged husband David Pena instead says she said to him: "I love you. Please don't let [my son] see me like this." That's the story... More »

2-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shoots Self After Finding Gun

It happened Saturday in Fresno, California

(Newser) - A California toddler has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself. The tragedy occurred in a Fresno neighborhood, where police arrived to a call Saturday. Per ABC 30 , police said the boy's parent was not at home at the time, but that two adults were. Police said they... More »

He Saved Them From Tragedy in 1971. Now, a Thank You

Family meets man who pulled baby from burning house nearly 50 years ago

(Newser) - It took nearly 50 years, but a California family was finally able to thank the mysterious man who saved them from an unimaginable tragedy one night in 1971. The Fresno Bee reports 24-year-old Rick Freund was driving home when he saw a women and three young girls standing outside a... More »

Sheriff's Office Makes Unusual Offer to NFL Players

They can ride along in patrol cars in Fresno any time

(Newser) - The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is making an offer to NFL players in response to the national anthem protests. The office says players are welcome to ride along with deputies during patrol shifts in the California county, the Fresno Bee reports. "We welcome the opportunity to share what... More »

Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

Fresno police chief says idea of lawsuit is 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who... More »

'Despair' Led to College Prof's 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet

And to Lars Maischak's paid leave from Fresno State

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet about President Trump has led to a "voluntary leave of absence" for a history instructor at Fresno State, per a university statement cited by the Fresno Bee . Fresno State President Joseph Castro says Lars Maischak will spend the rest of the spring semester doing research instead... More »

10 US Cities With the Worst Air Pollution

Six are in California

(Newser) - Despite California’s imposing environmental laws, the state has some of the worst air pollution in the country, reports USA Today via the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report , out Wednesday. While the report names Visala/Hanford, Calif., as having the worst overall year-round pollution, it also... More »

3 Killed by Gunman in California

Police say the shooter has been arrested

(Newser) - Three people were shot and killed Tuesday in California, by a man police say hates white people, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the AP , all three victims were white. Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer is calling it a "random act of violence." The shooter—who police... More »

She Says She's a Mermaid. Cops Need Help IDing Her

'Joanna,' found wandering wet and nearly naked in Fresno County, has webbed toes

(Newser) - She says she's a mermaid named Joanna, but California police are now trying to find out the real identity of a woman they found wandering in the middle of the street not far from a local casino, KFSN reports. KTLA notes the barely clothed woman with wet hair was... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

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