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Guy Blames Starbucks for 'Awkward and Painful' Sex

Calif. man sues chain, claims hot tea spilled all over his genitals at drive-thru and disfigured them

(Newser) - A young dad has filed suit against Starbucks after he says hot tea he ordered in a California drive-thru spilled all over him and scalded his genitals. Per the Sacramento Bee , the complaint by Tommy Piluyev against the coffee chain and Pactiv Packaging, the company that makes Starbucks' cups and...

Calif. Surfer Killed in Shark Attack
Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

26-year-old man was within 100 yards of shore at Manresa State Beach

(Newser) - A surfer was killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach, state park officials said Saturday. The 26-year-old man was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay around 1:30pm when he was attacked by an unknown shark species, the California State Parks...

Players, Coaches Lost Their Homes. Now, a Championship

Meet the inspired players at Paradise High School

(Newser) - A Northern California high school football team will play for a championship Saturday one year after most of the players and coaches lost their homes to a wildfire that nearly destroyed their town, the AP reports. Paradise High School will face Sutter Union High School for the Northern Section Division...

PG&E Warns of 'Extreme Measure' Amid High Winds

Utility may be shutting off power to 2 million people in Northern California on Saturday night

(Newser) - More than 2 million people in Northern California may be without power Saturday night in a planned blackout meant to fend off wildfires. The Los Angeles Times reports that this anticipated move by Pacific Gas and Electric, which would affect 36 counties, is due to high winds forecast for the...

Skydiving Accident Takes Life of 28-Year-Old Woman

She hit a big rig on a highway

(Newser) - As a group of seven skydivers descended near California's Lodi Airport on Thursday afternoon, something went terribly wrong. A 28-year-old woman died after she was apparently blown off course amid windy conditions that affected her open parachute, reports the Washington Post . She hit a big rig on a highway...

Cops Thought They Killed Garlic Fest Gunman. Coroner Says Otherwise

Santino William Legan took his own life, medical examiner finds

(Newser) - The gunman who killed three young people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California on Sunday wasn't killed by police, as originally reported. That from the Santa Clara County medical examiner, who now says that 19-year-old Santino William Legan killed himself, the Los Angeles Times reports. Legan died...

Wildfires That Charred California Will Cost PG&E $1B

Settlement is to cover 'taxpayer losses' from wildfires stretching back to 2015

(Newser) - More than a dozen local governments and other public entities in Northern California will soon share a $1 billion payment from the public utility that's blamed for three years' worth of wildfires there. KCRA and NPR report the settlement from Pacific Gas and Electric was announced Tuesday, with the...

Catastrophic Cali Fire Is Finally Contained

The Camp fire is surrounded by firefighters

(Newser) - A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday, the AP reports. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the Camp fire had been surrounded by firefighters...

Smell of Smoke From Fires in Bay Area 'Overwhelming'

An unhealthy air quality alert has been issued, 40K people displaced; SoCal dealing with its own fires

(Newser) - Authorities have issued an unhealthy air quality alert for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area as smoke from a massive wildfire drifts south, polluting the air. Officials say thousands of structures in the town of Paradise, 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, were destroyed by the blaze that has...

Wildfire Is Now Biggest in California History

Old record only stood for 7 months

(Newser) - "We broke the record," Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean says of the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California. "That's one of those records you don't want to see." The blaze—made up of the twin Ranch and River fires about 100 miles...

Condemned Bay Area Home Sells for $1.23M
Bay Area Home
With Holes in Roof,
Mildew Sells for $1.23M
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Bay Area Home With Holes in Roof, Mildew Sells for $1.23M

Fremont home was condemned

(Newser) - A condemned Northern California house with holes in the roof and mildew in the pipes sold last month for $1.23 million, a price tag that highlights how a housing shortage is fueling skyrocketing home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Listing agent Larry Gallegos said Wednesday he received...

Gunman Picking Random Targets Kills 4, Wounds Kids

Authorities say police killed the shooter

(Newser) - A gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said. The AP reports the gunfire began around 8am in the community of Rancho Tehama...

'Great Tragedy' in the Sierra Nevada

Snowmobiler finds plane with bodies of couple missing more than a month

(Newser) - Authorities have discovered the wreckage of a small plane buried in snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month inside it. Sierra County sheriff's officials say a snowmobiler found a piece of the plane's tail...

California Flooding Has Prospectors Seeing Gold

The floods have exposed gold veins not accessible in generations

(Newser) - This winter's flooding in Northern California has done more than bring relief after years of drought; it's created the prospect of the best gold prospecting in 20 years. Gold hunters in the area tell the Chico Enterprise-Record the floods have "rearranged the rivers" and "move things...

Storm Takes Out Famous Calif. 'Tunnel Tree'

Pioneer Cabin sequoia toppled in Calaveras Big Trees State Park after heavy rains, flooding

(Newser) - Thunderstorms wreaked havoc throughout northern Nevada and California over the weekend, causing heavy rain, mudslides, and the demise of one of the region's most famous giant sequoias. The Pioneer Cabin tree, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of Calaveras County's oldest residents," fell...

At Least 2 Dead in CA Medical Plane Crash

The small plane was carrying a pilot, patient, nurse, and medic

(Newser) - At least two people were killed when a small medical transport plane crashed early Friday in remote Northern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The plane was carrying a pilot, patient, transport medic, and flight nurse. Officials did not give any information on the conditions of the other two passengers....

Suspect Dead, Teen Missing After Calif. Kidnapping

Car was spotted 300 miles south of where girl was last seen

(Newser) - A young man suspected of abducting a teenage girl in Northern California was killed Thursday after leading sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase and engaging in a shootout, authorities say. The girl is still missing. Fernando Castro, 19, whose car had been the subject of an Amber Alert for...

Police Hunt for Suspects After Fatal Shooting of HS Students

One student was killed, another wounded in quiet California community

(Newser) - An "upscale country club community" in Northern California is on edge after two high-school students were shot—one of them fatally—Wednesday evening on a local hiking trail, the AP reports. According to ABC 7 , police have arrested at least one suspect and are looking for two more. No...

Super-Strong Painkiller Kills 7 in Northern California

More than 20 are hospitalized over fentanyl

(Newser) - Seven people have died—and nearly two dozen others have been hospitalized—in California's Sacramento County after overdosing on fentanyl, reports CBS Sacramento . Fentanyl is a painkiller much stronger than morphine and can produce a euphoric high, reports the Los Angeles Times . According to the Sacramento Bee , it's...

Wave Sweeps Couple Into Ocean, Only One Survives
 Wave Hits 
 Couple Walking 
 on Beach, Only 
 One Survives 
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Wave Hits Couple Walking on Beach, Only One Survives

A 60-year-old man appears to have died trying to rescue his wife

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man from Northern California is dead after he and his wife were swept out to sea by a powerful wave earlier this week, CBS San Francisco reports. It appears Larry and Claudia Moore were walking along the beach near Pacifica Pier when a sneaker wave pulled Claudia Moore...

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