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Mother of 3 Found After Disappearing 11 Years Ago

Kayannette Gabrielle suddenly remembered her name after years of reported memory loss

(Newser) - A fall off an LA pier led to the unraveling of a mystery that's been haunting Kayannette Gabrielle's family for over a decade. People tells the story of the California woman, originally from Colorado, who disappeared from the lives of her grown kids in April 2006. At first... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking Toxic Tea in SF

Yu-Ping Xie had been hospitalized for weeks

(Newser) - A medicinal tea apparently had the opposite effect on a San Francisco woman, who died Saturday after weeks in critical condition. Yu-Ping Xie, 56, initially fell ill in February after consuming a medicinal tea blend she'd purchased from Sun Wing Wo Trading Co. in San Francisco's Chinatown. Within... More »

Bumble Date Orders Heaps of Food, Then Disappears

'Worst dinner date' appears to have struck again

(Newser) - Paul Gonzales' approach to dating is similar to that of many men. He meets women online and invites them out to dinner. But here's where he allegedly diverges: According to CBS Los Angeles , 44-year-old Gonzales has been dining and dashing at area restaurants, leaving behind unsuspecting women he's... More »

Calif. Bill Would Reduce Punishment for Not Revealing HIV Status

Lawmakers want to change felony to misdemeanour

(Newser) - Democratic lawmakers in California say they want to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV by changing the law. Under a bill championed by state Sen. Scott Weiner, it would no longer be a felony for a person with HIV to have unprotected sex without disclosing their status, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Cops Trying to Stop Suspect End Up Killing Pregnant Teen

Elena Mondragon was in car with robbery suspect when cops tried to pull them over

(Newser) - A 16-year-old California girl who was fatally wounded during an incident with police earlier this week was pregnant, KTVU and KGO report. The teen, IDed as Elena Mondragon, was a passenger in a car that had been reported stolen and was being sought in a bunch of armed robberies. When... More »

Monsanto Under Fire Over Alleged Risks of Roundup

But company also got some good news out of Europe

(Newser) - Monsanto has had a big—and mostly bad—week, with lots of headlines revolving around something called glyphosate, the key ingredient in its popular herbicide Roundup. Here's what's happening:
  • On Friday, Monsanto lost a court fight to prevent California from labeling glyphosate a carcinogen, reports the Fresno Bee
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McDonald's Is Making Ordering Less 'Stressful'

Chain is testing mobile order-and-pay app before national rollout

(Newser) - McDonald's has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be "stressful." The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year, the AP reports. It says mobile order-and-pay is now... More »

Cops: Mother Deliberately Left Toddler Behind at Store

Chiengkham Vilaysane is under arrest

(Newser) - On a rare occasion, a busy mom may forget to load her kid into the car along with her groceries. But "in my whole career I have never seen anything where out-of the blue someone [deliberately] leaves their kid in a crowded grocery store," an officer tells Fox... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

Nude Man Looking for Wishing Well Falls Into Sandwich Shop

He had to be removed by rescue workers

(Newser) - Rescue workers had to remove part of a wall to pull a naked man out of a sandwich shop where he spent the night trapped inside a narrow passage, the AP reports. According to KRON , a construction crew arriving at a job site Tuesday in Napa, California, heard faint calls... More »

Couple Goes to Extreme Lengths to Find Missing Pup

'The only thing I can think about right now is finding Theo'

(Newser) - A California couple has postponed their wedding to dedicate all their time, energy, and money to finding a missing family member: their dog. "The only thing I can think about right now is finding Theo," Trendee King tells CBS San Francisco . The 1-year-old Brussels griffon escaped from a... More »

Cops Shoot Man Chasing Kids in Park

Bloodied man was wielding bottle

(Newser) - Jose Sanchez was coaching his soccer team of 13-year-old girls when a wild-eyed man began chasing children with what looked like a broken wine bottle at a California sports complex. People ran as the bloodied and shirtless man, later identified as 29-year-old Steven Schiltz, followed an adult soccer player over... More »

13-Year-Old Sues Cop Over Off-Duty Gunshot

Teens, LAPD's Kevin Ferguson got in after-school melee

(Newser) - A 13-year-old is suing a Los Angeles police officer who fired a gun during an off-duty altercation with teens in Anaheim last month. In his lawsuit, Christian Dorscht says officer Kevin Ferguson "became irate" when teens walked across his property on their way home from school on Feb. 21,... More »

Dirt-Bike Gang Attacks Driver in Middle of Highway

Victim reportedly works as an Uber driver in SF

(Newser) - San Francisco police are searching for 10 to 15 suspects on dirt bikes and an ATV who were recorded Wednesday surrounding a vehicle and beating up its driver, who reportedly drives for Uber. The group was first seen performing stunts in the street shortly before driving onto Highway 101 and... More »

What LAPD Found When They Visited Richard Simmons

That he's 'perfectly fine,' they say, though some remain unconvinced

(Newser) - Tales about Richard Simmons that portray him as a weak, scared captive kept prisoner by his own housekeeper are a lot more dramatic than what the LAPD says is the real story: that he's simply living quietly at home out of the public eye. Detective Kevin Becker tells People ... More »

Amid Storm, Camper Killed at Yosemite

Fierce winds, heavy snow may be to blame for bringing tree down that killed woman

(Newser) - A camper at Yosemite National Park left his site with his wife Sunday morning to fetch coffee, but when they tried to return to their tent, they were met with the sight of an ambulance, a firetruck, and park rangers who wouldn't let them back into the area. The... More »

Woman Had Sex With Underage Football Players: Charges

Authorities say Mary Fletcher met the teens at a team photo shoot

(Newser) - A 42-year-old California woman was arrested this week on suspicion of having sex with three underage high-school football players, People reports. Mary Fletcher, a dental assistant, was helping a photographer during a photo shoot for the Mt. Shasta High School football team last summer. Authorities say that's where she... More »

Who Got Filthy Rich From Snap IPO: a High School, Millennials

Company's 26-year-old CEO is now looking at a $6B fortune

(Newser) - A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat. The board of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View agreed to invest $15,000 in seed money in Snap in 2012, when the company was just... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Serena Challenges 2 Guys to Tennis in SF Park

'Is this for real?'

(Newser) - Two guys at a San Francisco park were lucky enough to get a tennis lesson from one of the biggest names in the game: Serena Williams was walking in Mission Dolores Park with her fiance on Sunday night when she came across two men playing tennis and offered to join... More »

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