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Boulder Thrown From Overpass Kills Young Dad

'This shouldn’t have happened this way'

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man who had just found out his wife was pregnant with their second child was killed Tuesday in California when a boulder crashed through the windshield of his family's car, CBS Los Angeles reports. "He was so excited," the Los Angeles Times quotes 21-year-old Guadalupe... More »

Couple Dies Fleeing ICE Agents, Leaves Behind 6 Children

Farmworkers were in US illegally

(Newser) - A couple in the country illegally were fleeing US immigration officials in a rural California farm town when they lost control of their car and crashed into a power pole, killing the husband and wife with six children, police said. The deaths Tuesday come as immigrant advocates say US immigration... More »

Trump Claims Credit for 'Space Force' Idea

'What a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that'

(Newser) - SpaceX founder Elon Musk cut through the excitement surrounding future travel to Mars Monday, noting "it's difficult, dangerous," and there's a "good chance you will die." A day later, President Trump appeared more optimistic, claiming Americans will reach Mars "very soon" and touting... More »

Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun; At Least 1 Student Injured

Dennis Alexander was reportedly teaching a lesson on 'public safety' at a Calif. high school

(Newser) - As a controversial idea to arm teachers is pushed , and students gear up for gun control demonstrations across the nation, a California story lends unsettling context. Per KSBW , a teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County (also 2013's reserve officer of the year for the Sand City PD... More »

More Details From Locklear's Tumultuous Arrest Revealed

Police report says actress kicked an officer and told cops their kids deserved to die

(Newser) - She has evaded felony charges, but Heather Locklear isn't off the hook following a chaotic scene at her California home last month. Initially accused of assaulting her boyfriend, who was found bleeding from the nose, Locklear saw a felony charge of domestic violence dropped Monday, per the San Jose ... More »

4 Months Later, Fate of Charles Manson's Body Settled

Cult leader's corpse will go to grandson Jason Freeman

(Newser) - A court official has made a decision on the body of Charles Manson—almost four months after the 83-year-old cult leader completed his life sentence and was put on ice at a California morgue. Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight ruled Monday that grandson Jason Freeman can take Manson'... More »

Worst Part for Female Pool Players: Mansplaining

Topic takes a look at the world of women in billiards

(Newser) - Eleanor Callado is one of the best female pool players in the world—she was ranked No. 13 in 2016—but earns less than $5,000 a year in prize money. Still, the prospects for women in billiards generally seem to be on the upswing, according to a feature at... More »

Introducing America's Most Expensive Home

'The One' goes up for sale this year for $500M

(Newser) - The priciest home in America is set to hit the market in Los Angeles later this year. Nile Niami, the developer known for such epic real-estate offerings as the $100 million " Opus " in Beverly Hills, has been working on " The One " in Bel Air for years.... More »

Gunman, 3 Hostages Dead at Calif. Veterans Home

Albert Wong, 36, had been expelled from the facility

(Newser) - A hostage standoff at a California veterans home ended Friday with a grim discovery: four dead bodies, including the gunman's. Authorities say Albert Wong, 36, a decorated Army rifleman, crept into the Veterans Home of California-Yountville with a high-powered rifle and held three mental health workers hostage for hours... More »

Hostage Situation at Largest Veterans Home in US

Police have gunman, 3 hostages surrounded at Veterans Home of California

(Newser) - Three people were being held hostage by a gunman Friday afternoon at the largest veterans home in the US, CNN reports. According to KCRA , shots were reported fired in the dining room of the Veterans Home of California in Napa Valley around 10:20am. Authorities say the gunman, who is... More »

Cops: Boy Pulled People Over While Impersonating Deputy

Police say 14-year-old also had fake guns, counterfeit money

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy arrested for pretending to be a sheriff's deputy launched phony investigations and pulled people over while driving around his Southern California neighborhood in an SUV equipped with flashing blue and red lights, authorities said. The unidentified teen was taken into custody Tuesday after deputies found counterfeit... More »

Immigration Showdown: Feds Are Suing California

Justice Department thinks state 'sanctuary' laws too lenient toward undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - The nation's debate on sanctuary cities and states is about to play out front and center in a federal courtroom. The Justice Department is suing the state of California over three new laws that provide protection to undocumented immigrants, reports NPR . Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in the... More »

Snow Buries Mom, Son Feet Away From Front Door

It was a tragic freak accident, police in California say

(Newser) - A massive block of snow fell from a roof and buried a mother and her 7-year-old son just feet from the front door of their Northern California mountain condo, authorities say. Olga Perkovic and her son Aaron Goodstein had been skiing in the Sierra Nevada near the Nevada state line,... More »

It Looks Like a Dump, but It Was Home to 3 Kids

Homeless parents charged following discovery in Joshua Tree, Calif.

(Newser) - At first glance, authorities saw what they thought was an abandoned trailer and a large plywood box amid a sea of trash in Joshua Tree, Calif. On second glance, they realized this was the shelter of three children, ages 11, 13, and 14, and their parents. Mona Kirk, 51, and... More »

Evacuation Orders Issued as Storm Slams California

Storm follows wildfires, mudslides in coastal area

(Newser) - Deputies went door to door ordering residents to evacuate from coastal Southern California neighborhoods ahead of a powerful winter storm sweeping in Friday after bringing heavy snow and whiteout conditions to northern mountains and steady rain elsewhere. As many as 30,000 people are under evacuation orders in the foothills... More »

Survey: Most Calif. Disney Workers Can't Afford Living Expenses

73% of Disneyland workers don't make enough to cover rent, food; Disney calls survey 'inaccurate'

(Newser) - Disneyland may be deemed the "Happiest Place on Earth," but that joy apparently dissipates for the majority of employees when they leave the park and have to come up with rent in the real world. The Los Angeles Times points out that even though the Walt Disney Co.... More »

ICE: Oakland Mayor's Warning Cost Us 800 Arrests

ICE's acting director calls Libby Schaaf's Twitter warning 'beyond the pale'

(Newser) - A federal official said Wednesday that about 800 "criminals" avoided immigration arrests because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets, the AP reports. Thomas Homan, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, told Fox News that the... More »

Trump Punishes State by Giving It Exactly What It Wants

Trump threatens to withhold border wall from California, which sued to stop it

(Newser) - President Trump says California won't get its border wall until the entirety of the wall is approved for construction. California is almost certainly OK with that. “I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is... More »

Clueless Star Is Running for Congress as Republican

Stacey Dash aims for big turnaround in Calif. district

(Newser) - Stacey Dash, best known for playing glamorous Dionne Davenport in the Clueless movie and TV series, says she's making a "Dash" for Congress. Dash, a Fox News contributor until early last year, has filed paperwork to run for a House seat as a Republican in California's 44th... More »

911 Call From Home Ends in Heather Locklear's Arrest

Actress was said to be 'combative' when cops arrived, they tell TMZ

(Newser) - When a call alleging domestic violence came in Sunday night to the police department in Thousand Oaks, Calif., cops headed over to a private residence and made an arrest—and the person arrested was Heather Locklear. TMZ reports a 911 call was apparently placed by Locklear's brother when he... More »

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