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California Bill Takes On Airport Line-Cutters

As it is, a passenger who doesn't pay extra has to 'let the rich person pass you'

(Newser) - California lawmakers are considering putting an end to what some see as a class issue at airports: letting people pay to cut ahead in the line for TSA screening. "The least you can expect when you have to go through the security line at the airport is that you...

LA's Mayor Had a Frightening Sunday Morning

Police arrested burglary suspect after break-in at home of Karen Bass; she and her family are fine

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles is safe after an early morning break-in at her home over the weekend. "Around 6:40am this morning an individual smashed a window to gain entry into the Getty House while occupied," a Sunday statement from the LAPD noted, referring to Karen Bass'...

Man, Dog Survive Ocean Plane Crash, Swim to Shore

Pilot reported engine issues before small plane crashed just off California coast on Sunday

(Newser) - The horror that came in seeing a small plane crash into the ocean off California on Sunday soon turned to relief as the pilot and his dog were able to escape the wreckage and swim to shore, where they were met by responding authorities. The pilot had reported engine trouble...

In Broad Daylight, Robbers Empty Jewelry Store in Minutes

Oakland's Phuong Jewelry loses up to 90% of its inventory

(Newser) - Six people dressed all in black carrying hammers and a gun robbed a jewelry store in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, making off with "nearly all the owner's life savings in a matter of minutes," NBC News reports. Diane Trinh, the 69-year old owner of Phuong Jewelry, one...

'Rare' Homicides in Napa Leave 2 Females Dead

Victims believed to have been teens or young women

(Newser) - Two young females were killed Saturday night in what the Los Angeles Times calls a "rare" homicide in California's Napa Valley. Police in Napa—the biggest city in Napa Valley, northern California's wine region—say the killings were the first two this year, and they were just...

Mom Who Threw Kids Onto Freeway Was Astrologer, Upset by Eclipse

But police aren't considering the celestial event to be a contributing factor

(Newser) - A woman who authorities say fatally stabbed her partner at their Los Angeles apartment Monday then threw her two children from a moving SUV onto the freeway, killing her infant daughter, was an astrologer who called the impending solar eclipse "the epitome of spiritual warfare" in an online post...

GOP States Lose Attempt to Halt California Emission Rules

Standards are higher than those in the rest of the nation

(Newser) - California can continue to set its own nation-leading vehicle emissions standards, a federal court ruled Tuesday—two years after the Biden administration restored the state's authority to do so as part of its efforts to reverse Trump-era environmental rollbacks. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

Horror in LA Ends With 3 Dead, Including Baby Found on 405

Police believe mother killed boyfriend, pushed daughters out of moving car

(Newser) - In the early hours of Monday, police were called to the scenes of three deaths in three separate areas in and around Los Angeles. By Tuesday, they'd figured out how those three incidents were connected in an unimaginable way: A mother apparently murdered her boyfriend, then threw her two...

Audit: California Can't Tell if Homelessness Efforts Worked

State didn't regularly track billions spent on programs, report says

(Newser) - California spent $24 billion to tackle homelessness over the past five years but didn't consistently track whether the spending actually helped alleviate the problem, according to a state audit released Tuesday. With makeshift tents lining the streets and disrupting businesses throughout the state, homelessness has become one of the...

By Day, He Was a Deputy. After Hours, a 'Double Life'

California sheriff's deputy accused of participating in local biker gang, possessing illegal firearms

(Newser) - Christopher Bingham's day job was punching in as a deputy for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. For years, he also moonlighted as a gun shop owner in the city of Twentynine Palms. But authorities now say his daily activities stretched beyond both of those, and that he...

Missing Dog Has 'Tale That Hollywood Would Love to Tell'

'Stray' in Michigan was Mehrad Houman's Mishka, who vanished in California in July

(Newser) - A dog missing in California since the summer turned up more than 2,300 miles away in suburban Detroit. Police in Harper Woods, Michigan, responded to a call about a stray dog last week, picked up the terrier mix, and contacted an animal welfare group. The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption...

California Race Nears 'Really, Really, Really Unlikely' Result

If the tie for second place holds, ballots under state's 'top two' system would have a third candidate

(Newser) - A US House race in California appears headed for a mathematically improbable result: After more than 180,000 votes were cast, there's a tie for second place. If the numbers hold, that means that the state's "top two" election system would have to make room for a...

'Unusually Normal' Winter Is Great News for California

Snowpack is at 110% of average

(Newser) - California authorities are celebrating something that's becoming increasingly rare: a normal snowpack measurement. The early April survey—a key indicator of water supply and wildfire risk in the months ahead—found a snowpack measurement of 110% of the historical average, the Guardian reports. The last winter this close to...

State Bill Would Give Workers the 'Right to Disconnect'

It's the brainchild of California Democrat Matt Haney

(Newser) - Emailing an employee during their time off could become punishable by law in California, the first state in the US weighing employees' " right to disconnect ." Such laws are already on the books in 13 countries and just over the US-Canada border in Ontario. California could potentially become the...

Videos Show Kidnapped Girl Was Shot by Deputies

Savannah Graziano was following officer's instructions

(Newser) - A teenage girl who had been kidnapped by her father was following sheriff's deputies' instructions and appeared to be surrendering when deputies fatally shot her during a gun battle on a Southern California highway, according to recently released video and audio . Savannah Graziano, 15, was shot and killed as...

Woman Whose 911 Call Went to the Wrong State Is Found Dead

Amanda Nenigar's Feb. 27 call went to California dispatchers, though her car was found in Arizona

(Newser) - A tragic ending to the story of a California woman whose 911 call was routed to the wrong state: Amanda Nenigar, who went missing Feb. 27, was found dead Friday night in a remote area near the small Arizona town of Cibola, just over the border from California, CBS News...

Drivers in Big Sur Inch Past Highway 1 Collapse
Stretch of Highway 1 Collapses

Stretch of Highway 1 Collapses

Damage after heavy rain in Big Sur leaves 1.6K stranded

(Newser) - Motorists crept along one lane of a scenic stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 on Monday after a giant chunk of it collapsed into the ocean following heavy weekend rains, stranding as many as 1,600 people in the coastal community of Big Sur. Convoys of vehicles resumed at...

For California's Fast-Food Workers, Monday Is a Big Day

New state law mandating $20 an hour takes effect

(Newser) - Most fast-food workers in California will be paid at least $20 an hour beginning Monday when a new law is scheduled to kick in, per the AP .
  • Democrats in the state Legislature passed the law last year in part as an acknowledgement that many of the more than 500,000

Cops: 9-Year-Old Tried to Drive to School

He led CHP officer on 'short and erratic chase' after taking family car

(Newser) - California Highway Patrol officers in Oroville say that after a driver led an officer on a short chase Wednesday morning, he told him, "I'm sorry, I'm trying to get to school." The 9-year-old behind the wheel had taken the keys to the family car, NBC News...

Hiker Found Dead at Base of 150-Foot Drop

California's Caroline Meister believed to have fallen accidentally

(Newser) - Hiker Caroline Meister, 30, was found dead Friday, four days after venturing into the wilderness in Carmel Valley, California, reports NBC News . She left the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where she was living and working, around 10am on March 18 but failed to return that same day. Members at the...

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