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Lawsuit: Widespread Racial Abuse at Tesla Is 'Ongoing'

EEOC alleges company ignores swastikas, threats, and racial slurs at Fremont factory

(Newser) - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Elon Musk's Tesla, alleging "widespread and ongoing racial harassment of its Black employees" and retaliation against those who speak out. The racial misconduct at Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, dating back to at least 2015, "was frequent, ongoing, inappropriate,...

New Fast-Food Wage Cheered
New Fast-Food Wage Cheered

New Fast-Food Wage Cheered

(Newser) - A new law in California will raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 per hour next year, an acknowledgment from the state's Democratic leaders that most of the often-overlooked workforce are the primary earners for their low-income households. When it takes effect on April 1, fast-food workers...

Captors Vowed to Mutilate Teen if $500K Ransom Wasn't Paid

17-year-old rescued Friday in California; 3 suspects now face life in prison

(Newser) - A California teenager was found safe Friday, four days after he was kidnapped by men who threatened to cut off his body parts unless his family paid a $500,000 ransom. The men caused the 17-year-old to crash his vehicle into their Jeep Grand Cherokee in the city of Highland...

This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

California Is Making a Change to Stop Fleeing Insurers

Rates likely to spike as insurers incorporate catastrophe models in policy pricing

(Newser) - Insurance providers are applauding proposed changes likely to result in rate increases in one of the world's largest insurance markets to better account for billions of dollars in potential damage from natural disasters amid a changing climate. Through executive orders approving "emergency regulatory action," California moved Thursday...

Beverly Hills Targets Young Vandals Prepping for Halloween

City bans those under 21 from possessing shaving cream, Silly String on Oct. 31

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has placed a ban on young people possessing everyday products abused by vandals in an effort to create a "safe, family-friendly environment" on Halloween. The city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban people under the age of 21 from possessing Silly String, shaving cream or gel, and...

She Worked Her Way Up the Men's Wearhouse Ladder. Now, Jail

Gina Lonestar created phony invoices from a fake vendor to the tune of $1.7M, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A former Men's Wearhouse executive is going to prison for nearly two years after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.7 million from the clothing giant and its parent, Tailored Brands. CBS News reports that 52-year-old Gina Suzanne Lonestar was sentenced to 22 months behind bars on a wire fraud...

LAPD Honcho Accused of Stalking Officer With AirTag

Al Labrada, assistant chief in department, on leave after allegations of tracking officer with Apple AirTag

(Newser) - A top-level official with the LAPD who's been there for three decades is now on administrative leave after allegations of stalking a co-worker. Per the Los Angeles Times , Chief Michel Moore made the announcement about Al Labrada, one of his three assistant chiefs, during a Tuesday gathering of the...

DA Sues Sacramento Over 'Collapse Into Chaos'

He says city has failed to take action to get homeless people off the streets

(Newser) - A Sacramento prosecutor is suing California's capital city over its failure to clean up homeless encampments. Sacramento District Attorney Thien Ho says his office asked the city to enforce laws around sidewalk obstruction and to create additional professionally operated camping sites. He announced the suit Tuesday during a news...

Inside California Dems' Effort to Boot Trump From Ballot

Group asks state attorney general to expedite court ruling on former president's eligibility

(Newser) - Nine Democrats in California are seeking an expedited court ruling that could bar former President Donald Trump from the March 5 presidential primary ballot, claiming he's ineligible to resume office. The lawmakers—who echo conservative law scholars in arguing Trump may have violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,...

Cops: Man Pulls Out Knife He Was Stabbed With, Stabs Assailant

Alleged trespasser, attacker was arrested

(Newser) - A California man was stabbed, pulled the knife out of his own body, and then stabbed his assailant back, police say. The 61-year-old exited his Napa County home Saturday morning after a power outage and encountered the suspect, 33-year-old Andrew Kenneth Dixon, near the utility box on his property. Police...

15-Year-Old, Mom Charged in Fatal Car Crash

Police say she gave him the keys for a trip to the market

(Newser) - A 45-year-old woman in Bakersfield, California, is facing a felony charge in connection with a car crash that happened while she was at home. Authorities say the woman gave her 15-year-old son the keys to her car for what she thought would be a quick trip to the market and...

California Goes After Big Oil
California Goes After Big Oil

California Goes After Big Oil

State says Exxon, Shell, others misled public for decades over the risks of fossil fuels

(Newser) - The state of California has filed a lawsuit against some of the world's largest oil and gas companies, claiming they deceived the public about the risks of fossil fuels now faulted for climate change-related storms and wildfires that caused billions of dollars in damage, per the AP . The civil...

This Is the Happiest State in America

Utah takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, West Virginia is last

(Newser) - In some states, happiness seems to come more easily. WalletHub analyzed various environmental factors to see which US states boast more contented surroundings, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, including such factors as the share of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder, life expectancy,...

Game Developers Irate Over 'Phenomenally Unpopular' Fee

Unity Technologies shuts 2 offices after death threat comes in over controversial new cost

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Unity Technologies, a video game software company based in San Francisco, made an announcement that roiled the gaming world: It would begin charging developers a 20-cent fee each time a user installed one of its games, a "phenomenally unpopular" move that set off "widespread anger,...

Cops: He Hit 2 Cyclists, Then Made the Next Hit a Fatal One

Juvenile in Huntington Beach, California, charged with homicide after 70-year-old cyclist died

(Newser) - A juvenile driver in Huntington Beach, California, is accused of running down three cyclists within 45 minutes on Sunday, killing one. The cyclists were struck in separate incidents less than a mile apart, KTLA reports. The first incident occurred around 10pm when a cyclist was struck in a crosswalk by...

Serial Killer Ex-Cop Dies on Death Row

Anthony Sully was on death row for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - A former California police officer turned serial killer who was on death row after being convicted of murdering six people in the 1980s has died of natural causes, authorities said. Anthony Sully, 79, died Friday at a medical facility outside the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center, where he had been housed...

Marilyn Monroe's Former Home Under Threat of Demolition

Los Angeles officials considering landmark status for home in which the star died in 1962

(Newser) - Los Angeles officials have intervened to prevent demolition of the only home Marilyn Monroe ever owned independently, which is also the one in which she died. City residents responded with outrage after the owners of 12305 Fifth Helena Drive applied for permits to demolish the Spanish colonial-style home in which...

Puppy Given Naloxone After Possible Fentanyl OD

8-week-old puppy made a full recovery

(Newser) - Naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing drug, was used not on a human but on a puppy in southern California last week. Irvine police officers say the pit bull puppy appeared to have been exposed to fentanyl and recovered quickly after the drug, also known as Narcan, was administered via nasal spray,...

Nancy Pelosi: I'm Running Again for My House Seat

It's a yes for 2024 for the 83-year-old Democratic congresswoman from California

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi may be well above the median age (58) for members of the House of Representatives, but the 83-year-old Democratic congresswoman has no intentions of leaving anytime soon. Although the former speaker stepped away from any possible leadership post in Congress last fall, Pelosi announced Friday that she plans...

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