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No Cold Shoulder for Owners of Trailer Blamed for Deadly Fire

'It could have happened to any of us'

(Newser) - The rim of a flat trailer tire scraping against asphalt sparked California's eighth largest wildfire near Redding three weeks ago, but the trailer's owners shouldn't blame themselves , many of their neighbors say. The couple, unidentified by authorities, have received at least 100 letters absolving them of blame... More »

One US City Will Now Scan Its Subway Commuters

Devices in LA Metro will 'quickly and unobtrusively screen individuals for concealed threats'

(Newser) - All humans emit body waves, but if they're concealing an object under their clothes, that object blocks the waves—exactly what the Transportation Security Administration is banking on with the installation of the country's first body scanners in a transit agency. The subway system getting the first crack... More »

A Reach Down, a Slap on a Hippo's Butt, Now a Crime Probe

LAPD looking for man who smacked the backside of 4-year-old hippo at Los Angeles Zoo

(Newser) - By now, everyone should know not to get too close to hippos in the wild or in captivity, but a California man didn't get the memo. Officials at the Los Angeles Zoo tell the Los Angeles Times they've recruited the LAPD to help look for a most unusual... More »

Utah Firefighter Killed Battling California Blaze

He's the 6th firefighter to die in wave of wildfires

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. Details haven't been released. Firefighters from all over... More »

Horrible Smell in Store's Entrance Column Was a Person

WinCo manager figured it was a sewage problem

(Newser) - A strong smell outside a California supermarket turned out to be someone who had decomposed in one of the store's entrance columns, ABC 7 reports. Police were called Saturday to the WinCo Foods in Lancaster after a plumber, told it was likely a septic problem, helped knock brick from... More »

'Lives Are at Stake': Feds Slam California Water Rules

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross steps in with new directive

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently inspired the feds to alter California water rules regarding wildfires, Fox News reports. "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean," Trump tweeted Monday . "Can... More »

Suspect in Sikh Assault Is Police Chief's Own Son

Union City chief Darryl McAllister in California writes that he is hurt and dejected

(Newser) - After an assault on a 71-year-old Sikh man at a park in Manteca, California, the police chief of a nearby community helped track down a main suspect. The unusual part? The suspect is his own son. "Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and... More »

Bad News for Brock Turner

Ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of attempted rape denied a new trial

(Newser) - A California appeals court has ruled in the case of Brock Turner sooner than expected , upholding the former Stanford University swimmer's 2016 sexual assault and attempted rape convictions. Turner, who served three months of a six-month sentence, had been seeking a new trial in an effort to avoid registering... More »

'Brady Bunch House' Bought by Familiar Name

HGTV outbids Lance Bass, among others

(Newser) - The " Brady Bunch House " has a buyer, and it's HGTV. "I'm excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and we'll restore the home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can," David Zaslav, CEO of parent company Discovery, announced Tuesday in... More »

Unanimous Vote on Trump's Hollywood Star: It Must Go

But West Hollywood City Council resolution is nonbinding, and past stances suggest it will stay

(Newser) - It's unanimous, at least in the West Hollywood City Council: The group voted Monday night to get rid of President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, reports the Wrap . The resolution urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Los Angeles to remove the... More »

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... More »

Trump's Claim on Calif. Wildfires 'Boggles the Mind'

No, the state's water is not being dumped in the Pacific, an expert says

(Newser) - President Trump on Sunday addressed the devastation wrought by the latest California wildfires , the Hill reports. "California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized," he tweeted . "... More »

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Average temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees

(Newser) - Death Valley, well known for its often record high temperatures, has set a new one: Last month in Death Valley was the hottest month ever recorded on the planet Earth. The average temperature—over day and night—was 108.1 degrees, putting July 2018 about a half-degree ahead of July... More »

Northern Calif. Wildfire 9th Worst in State History

20K flee new pair of wildfires

(Newser) - The explosive wildfire around Redding in northern California is now believed to be the ninth most destructive in state history, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean says. The blaze known as the Carr Fire, which has killed two firefighters and four civilians, including two children , has... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

Suspects Accused of Looting Evacuated Homes in California

Carr fire has started to slow down

(Newser) - Authorities in California have arrested two people on suspicion of looting homes that had been evacuated due to an explosive wildfire. The Sacramento Bee reports that 25-year-old Jade Ball and 19-year-old Jack Fannin, of Redding, were found with what police said was evidence tying them to several burglaries. The Carr... More »

2 Kids, Great-Grandma Die in 'War Zone' of Calif. Wildfire

Flames raced through property while great-grandfather had gone to get supplies

(Newser) - The death count from a Northern California wildfire rose to five Saturday after two young children and their great-grandmother who had been unaccounted for were confirmed dead. "My babies are dead," Sherry Bledsoe said through tears, per the AP . Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily... More »

Revenge-Porn Guy Hit With Huge Payment

California man Andre Pompey is told to fork up

(Newser) - Time to pay, Andre: California man Andre Pompey was ordered this week to pay his revenge-porn victim $5.15 million and fork out an additional $150,000 as punishment, USA Today reports. "She wanted to stand up for herself," says Katrina Saleen, attorney of the 35-year-old woman who... More »

'Wall of Flames' Hits Northern Calif. City

At least 3 firefighters injured; bulldozer operator killed

(Newser) - An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities Thursday before reaching the city of Redding, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes, and forcing thousands to flee. Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze, says flames... More »

California City Takes a Stand Against Facebook's Free Food

New office can't fully subsidize internal meals

(Newser) - There will be no free ice cream for the 2,000 employees set to fill Facebook's new office in Mountain View, Calif., later this year. Like many other tech companies in Silicon Valley, Facebook fills the bellies of its employees with free food, from oven-baked pizza to hand-rolled sushi.... More »

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