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Abortion Rights Protections on November Ballots in 2 States

California, Vermont will have amendments to state constitutions put to public vote in midterms

(Newser) - With so-called "trigger laws" on abortion bans starting to kick in across the nation, some states are going on the offensive to protect access to the procedure. ABC30 reports that the California Assembly on Monday gave the green light to an amendment to the state's constitution, which will...

Jury Awards $21M in Killing of Pregnant Teen by Police

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

(Newser) - Update: The family of a pregnant teenager who was shot and killed by undercover police officers in 2017 has been awarded $21 million by a federal jury. The verdict was reached Friday, the AP reports. John Burris, the family's lawyer, said the jury split culpability between the man driving...

California's Biggest Landowner Closes Forests to Public

Sierra Pacific Industries cites wildfire risk

(Newser) - Sierra Pacific Industries, the largest private landowner in America, says its forest lands in California will be closed to the public starting Friday. The company, which owns 2.33 million acres of land in California, Oregon, and Washington, normally allows the public to use land that isn't being actively...

Good Samaritans Save California Shark Attack Victim

Nurse, police officer were paddleboarding when they heard cries for help

(Newser) - A swimmer was seriously injured in a rare shark attack off California's central coast Wednesday—but he survived with the help of paddleboarders who rushed to the rescue. Officials say the man was attacked just after 10:30am at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, Monterey County, NBC News...

Tesla 'Spontaneously Caught Fire,' Kept Igniting

Electric vehicle had been damaged in a crash weeks before

(Newser) - A Tesla Model S had been sitting in a scrapyard for three weeks following a collision when it spontaneously burst into flames this month, then kept re-igniting, transforming into "a heap of melted and burned metal," per the Washington Post . The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District described how the...

'They Were Able to Do What No One Else Has Done'

US Marshals Service releases new age-progressed images of Alcatraz escapees

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service wins this week's prize for persistence. The law enforcement agency has a new APB out for a trio of notorious escaped inmates, even though it's now been more than six decades since they busted out and they'd all be well into their 90s....

As They Readied for Their Flights, an Unwelcome Interruption

Cops say man with 'edged weapon' attacked 3 at San Francisco airport; victims' injuries were minor

(Newser) - Three people were injured Friday evening at San Francisco International Airport after police say a man with an "edged weapon" attacked them. Authorities say the suspect, whom they haven't named, drove to the airport around 6pm, parked, and then walked into the departure terminal, reports NBC News . In...

In Crisis, Southern Baptists Agree to Track Alleged Abusers

Texas pastor Bart Barber also elected SBC president at national meeting

(Newser) - The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create a way to track pastors and other church workers credibly accused of sex abuse and launch a new task force to oversee further reforms in the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The vote came three weeks after the release of a...

Woman Flees Home, Describes Torture, Rape Over 6 Months

Peter McGuire of Chino Hills, Calif., arrested Saturday, is held without bail

(Newser) - Though a sheriff's deputy responded numerous times to a California home where a young woman was held captive and tortured over six months, help remained elusive until she managed to escape on her own Thursday, according to authorities. The 22-year-old woman, who'd unknowingly moved in with a man...

Cops Killed in Motel Shootout: 'These 2 Men Were Loved'

Suspect also died at scene in El Monte, Calif.

(Newser) - Two police officers were killed Tuesday in a shootout while investigating a possible stabbing in a suburban Los Angeles motel, and the suspect died at the scene, authorities said. The El Monte officers—a veteran of more than 22 years and a rookie with less than a year on the...

Graffiti Artists Hit Yet Another National Park

This time, dozens of sites were vandalized with spray paint at California's Yosemite

(Newser) - If you visited Yosemite National Park in mid-May, you may be of assistance to the National Park Service in nabbing some vandals. In a Sunday Facebook post , park officials showed images of rocks along the Yosemite Falls Trail covered in blue and white spray paint, some of them with the...

Dog Defends California Woman From Mountain Lion
Dog Who Saved Owner
From Mountain Lion Dies
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Dog Who Saved Owner From Mountain Lion Dies

'We said goodbye,' owner writes of Eva

(Newser) - Update: A sad coda to the story of a life-saving dog—Eva has died from injuries sustained while protecting her owner from a mountain lion, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "We said goodbye," owner Erin Wilson wrote on a GoFundMe page for her dog's vet bills. The...

What Progressive DA's Recall Means for Democrats
What Progressive DA's
Recall Means for Democrats
THE RUNDOWN

What Progressive DA's Recall Means for Democrats

Chesa Boudin's loss seen by some as a 'wake-up call' about policies on crime

(Newser) - Though the San Francisco district attorney recalled by voters on Tuesday admitted past mistakes, without identifying what they were, he mainly pointed the finger elsewhere. "The right-wing billionaires outspent us three to one, they exploited an environment in which people are appropriately upset, and they created an electoral dynamic...

San Francisco Ousts Liberal DA in Heated Recall
San Francisco
Ousts Liberal DA
in Heated Recall
election results

San Francisco Ousts Liberal DA in Heated Recall

And more from the polls Tuesday

(Newser) - San Francisco on Tuesday has voted to recall progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin in a heated campaign that bitterly divided Democrats over crime, policing, and public safety reform. Partial returns showed Boudin losing in what is expected to be a low turnout election. Early returns showed 61% of votes in...

California Judge Makes Unusual Ruling on Bumblebees

Invertebrate insect can be classified as a fish for endangered species protections

(Newser) - In a case that gives new meaning to "fish out of water," a California appeals court judge has ruled that the bumblebee can be classified as a fish. Justice Ronald Robie of Sacramento's 3rd District Court of Appeal made his decision Tuesday, and it was done for...

Navy Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

F/A-18E Super Hornet went down Friday in Southern California desert

(Newser) - A Navy fighter jet crashed Friday in the Southern California desert, killing the pilot, authorities said. An F/A-18E Super Hornet based at Naval Air Station Lemoore went down at about 2:30pm in the area of Trona, an unincorporated Mojave Desert community in San Bernardino County, the Navy announced in...

Doctor, 2 Nurses Stabbed at LA Hospital

Suspect taken into custody after attack at Encino Hospital Medical Center; victims hospitalized

(Newser) - Chaos unfolded at a Los Angeles hospital Friday after police say a man walked in and stabbed a doctor and two nurses. Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton of the LAPD tells KTLA that the suspect entered Encino Hospital Medical Center shortly before 4pm local time to "seek treatment" after a...

'Unprecedented Measures' Brought In Amid Calif. Drought

LA residents can only water outdoors for 8 minutes a time, 2 days a week

(Newser) - California is taking tough steps to ration water amid a megadrought so severe that even ancient trees haven't experienced anything as bad before. On Wednesday, more than 6 million people in Southern California were placed under unprecedented restrictions cutting outdoor watering days to one or two a week, the...

Janitor Traps Cougar in English Classroom

'Lost' animal wandered into California high school

(Newser) - A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious cougar in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school Wednesday morning, authorities said. The custodian was opening Pescadero High for the school day when the juvenile mountain lion was spotted, said Detective Javier Acosta with the San Mateo County...

California Task Force: Reparations Must Be Made

500-page report is hailed as a historic moment

(Newser) - On Wednesday, a California task force released a 500-page report, two years in the making, on the state's historic role in harming Black Americans, from the days of slavery until now—and called for reparations to be made. California is now the first state to have moved forward with...

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