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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 »

Sheriff: Deputy's Crime Was 'Violation of Public Trust'

Calif. officials: Steve Hortz responded to call on elderly man's death, then went back to steal

(Newser) - A Southern California man's work uniform may have initially helped him pull off a crime, but not ultimately. Steve Hortz, a deputy who's been with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for 12 years, was arrested Thursday after being accused of breaking into a home he'd reported... More »

Cops: Basketball Legend's Son Stabbed Neighbor

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, son of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, arrested and charged with assault

(Newser) - The 28-year-old son of basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been arrested in Orange County, Calif., after cops there say he stabbed a neighbor earlier this week. Per TMZ Sports , authorities say Adam Abdul-Jabbar was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after officers responded to... More »

Man Caught Quarantining in Disney's 'Tropical Paradise'

Richard McGuire says he never heard deputies or noticed 'no trespassing' signs

(Newser) - Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a "tropical paradise." Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney's Discovery Island on Thursday, the AP reports. He said he'd... More »

California City Resists Beach Closure Order

Huntington Beach seeks injunction against Newsom directive

(Newser) - They were having fun, fun, fun, until Newsom took the beaches away. The city of Huntington Beach is fighting California Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches and state parks in Orange County starting Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The city council, saying it should be up... More »

Surfers' Grisly Find: 'Like One of Those Dateline Stories'

Woman's body found in California waters; Orange County officials deem death 'suspicious'

(Newser) - A morning in California waters turned gruesome for a bunch of surfers this week when they stumbled across a woman's body—a death now being deemed "suspicious" by local officials. The San Clemente Times reports that the surfers came across the body around 8am Wednesday, in the ocean... More »

US Has Its 3rd Coronavirus Case

Patient confirmed in Southern California as cases worldwide near 2K

(Newser) - A patient in Southern California is the third person in the US to be diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, reports the AP . The Centers for Disease Control confirmed a traveler from the Chinese city of Wuhan—the epicenter of the outbreak—tested positive for the virus, the... More »

Cougar Was Dragging Boy by the Neck. Then, a Distraction

Animal, found with backpack hurled by father, is euthanized

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering in Southern California after a mountain lion bit him on the neck. The boy was leading his family—two adults and three other children—on a walk through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Lake Forest around 4pm Monday when the cougar appeared, seized the boy... More »

California Teens Pictured at Party With Swastika, Giving Nazi Salute

Photograph went viral, led to outcry

(Newser) - A California school district is investigating a social media photograph in which young people are seen giving Nazi salutes while standing around a table on which red cups form a swastika, the AP reports. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District was made aware Sunday of social media postings "involving some... More »

With a 6th Seat Flipped, Calif. Dems Cement a Rout in House

Gil Cisneros defeats Republican in Orange County, Richard Nixon's birthplace

(Newser) - Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held US House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state's 39th District... More »

SUV Flips on Highway in Scary Night for Will Ferrell

50-year-old actor released from hospital after Thursday night accident; 3 others injured

(Newser) - Ron Burgundy lives to charm us another day. Actor Will Ferrell was in a serious car crash Thursday night in Orange County, Calif., with a 30-second video recorded by LA-OC.tv and now on TMZ showing a dented-up black SUV with shattered windows after the accident. The Hollywood Reporter and... More »

1K Bicycles, Hidden Bunker Found in Homeless Camp

'I’ve been doing this job for 20 years and even I was stunned'

(Newser) - “It’s nothing I’ve ever seen before," Lt. Jeff Puckett of the Orange County Sheriff's Department tells the Orange County Register . Having removed between 150 and 200 homeless people from an encampment along the Santa Ana River in Southern California earlier this month, officials were... More »

Teen Heroes: 'They're Going to Die If We Don't Do Something'

Calif. 16-year-olds Alex Schrier, Jeffrey Bounds help rescue passengers in burning car

(Newser) - Two quick-acting teens and a third Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California. Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds, both 16 and teammates on their high school baseball team, spotted the vehicle on... More »

Lyft's New Partner: Taco Bell

Idea is to encourage trips through drive-thru on the way home

(Newser) - It's apparently a fairly common question posed to drivers who work for the likes of Lyft or Uber: Is it OK to swing by a fast-food drive-thru on the way home? Now Lyft is not only answering the question in the affirmative, it's encouraging the practice. The company... More »

Surf Leash Used in Rescue of Shark Attack Victim

Surfers at San Onofre State Beach in California recount aiding the victim

(Newser) - An unidentified woman was attacked by a shark Saturday while swimming at “Churches,” a popular surf spot in Orange County, California. Two surfers towed the victim in on their board, reports the Orange County Register , traversing slippery rocks before safely pulling her ashore. Several surfers on the scene... More »

Harrison Ford's Harrowing 45 Seconds Captured on Video

He mistakenly flies low over airliner

(Newser) - Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last week,... More »

How a 7-Year-Old Is Saving the Planet— and Saving for College

Ryan Hickman has earned $10K by recycling

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in California already has $10,000 saved for college—and not a penny of it came from his parents. "I've recycled 200,000 cans and bottles," Ryan Hickman tells ABC7 . He got "hooked" on recycling at age 3 after a visit to a... More »

HGTV Stars Split After 'Unfortunate' Incident With Gun

Tarek and Christina El Moussa have separated

(Newser) - The show will apparently go on, but the marriage won't: Tarek and Christina El Moussa of HGTV's Flip or Flop have separated after seven years of marriage, reports People . Trouble in the marriage first surfaced in May when police responded to a call about "a possibly suicidal... More »

DA Investigator, 'Sleazy' Lawyer Brawl Outside Court

Tempers flare in Orange County

(Newser) - An Orange County defense attorney suffered a bloodied face and fractured nose after a brawl with a district attorney's investigator in a courthouse hallway, his lawyer said. James Crawford was speaking with a witness in the courthouse Wednesday morning when an investigator asked him who he was and called... More »

Expert: Calif. Inmates Had Help to Escape

Questions raised about why men were kept in 68-man dorm

(Newser) - As the search for three escaped inmates stretches on, Orange County jail officials are facing pressure to explain why the men weren't held in individual cells. Authorities at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana say Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43—charged with... More »

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