California mother slips and plunges to death from Lake Tahoe waterfall while reaching for a tree branch
California mother slips and plunges to death from Lake Tahoe waterfall while reaching for a tree branch

Press releases by authorities said the 35-year-old was sitting in one of the pools of water near the waterfall when she slipped and was washed away

Sephora to close all 400 US stores on June 5 for 'inclusion workshops' in wake of SZA's racial profiling in a California store
Sephora to close all 400 US stores on June 5 for 'inclusion workshops' in wake of SZA's racial profiling in a California store

The French company had come in for criticism after staff called the security on singer SZA while she was shopping for Fenty beauty products

Kim Kardashian trying to get son's murderer released angers victim's mother, says it makes her feel 'sick to the stomach'
Kim Kardashian trying to get son's murderer released angers victim's mother, says it makes her feel 'sick to the stomach'

The reality TV star posed for a photo alongside Cooper on Thursday after launching a legal campaign to secure his release.

Women seeking abortions welcome in California, says Gavin Newsom as other US states restrict terminations
Women seeking abortions welcome in California, says Gavin Newsom as other US states restrict terminations

Newsom and fellow Democratic governors in Oregon and Washington sent a letter on Friday to other governors urging them to enact laws and amend their constitutions to strengthen abortion protections and access to contraceptives and sex education.

140 sick, starving dogs rescued from mansion in California, police say 'the smell was unbearable'
140 sick, starving dogs rescued from mansion in California, police say 'the smell was unbearable'

Orange County police received an anonymous tip and found that the dogs were living in horrible conditions - 140 Shih Tzus and Maltese were covered in their own feces, urine and fleas

Army vet plowed into crowd in California thinking Muslims were among people standing there, say authorities
Army vet plowed into crowd in California thinking Muslims were among people standing there, say authorities

The disclosure came as prosecutors filed two hate crime allegations against 34-year-old Isaiah Peoples. He is also facing eight counts of attempted murder after police said he deliberately plowed his car into people on April 24 at the Sunnyvale crosswalk and showed no remorse afterward.

US WEATHER IN PICTURES: From Polar Vortex to unprecedented flooding, extreme climate has rocked the country
US WEATHER IN PICTURES: From Polar Vortex to unprecedented flooding, extreme climate has rocked the country

Numerous cases of extreme weather conditions have hit America in the recent past and has led to loss of life and property in most cases, as revealed in these pictures.

Santa Anita checking if rules were followed before 26th horse death of the season
Santa Anita checking if rules were followed before 26th horse death of the season

The track's previous fatality was Spectacular Music, an unraced 3-year-old gelding who suffered a pelvic injury during training on May 19 and was euthanized the next day after his condition worsened.

Arnold Schwarzenegger lends helping hand to 102-year-old woman facing eviction from California home: 'I'll be reaching out to help'
Arnold Schwarzenegger lends helping hand to 102-year-old woman facing eviction from California home: 'I'll be reaching out to help'

Thelma Smith faces the prospect of being evicted out of her home in Ladera Heights by her landlord after nearly 30 years of residing there

65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui
65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui

The authorities had posted signs in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui that warns beachgoers of a shark. The man was swimming about 60 yards from shore when the attack happened, according to authorities.

30-year-old California male nanny accused of molesting two boys he was babysitting, four more alleged victims come forward
30-year-old California male nanny accused of molesting two boys he was babysitting, four more alleged victims come forward

A Laguna Beach couple, in early May, had reported to police that Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, had touched their eight-year-old son inappropriately while he was babysitting him

Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall
Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall

A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency

Two 10-year-old California girls fight off naked intruder who broke into their bedroom during sleepover
Two 10-year-old California girls fight off naked intruder who broke into their bedroom during sleepover

Clovis police received a 911 call on May 12 reporting that the suspect had broken into the house through a window and inappropriately touched the children

Vermont, California, New York and more rush to expand abortion access as other states seek to restrict it
Vermont, California, New York and more rush to expand abortion access as other states seek to restrict it

In midst of #StopTheBans rallies there are states that are actually expanding their abortion access, in hopes that if there comes a situation that the landmark verdict that breathed new life into reproductive rights in America is overturned, the government would not be able to interfere with it.

Shocking details emerge as ex-NFL player goes on trial for allegedly raping homeless woman, hitchhiker, unconscious teen
Shocking details emerge as ex-NFL player goes on trial for allegedly raping homeless woman, hitchhiker, unconscious teen

Prosecutors say Kellen Winslow Jr., once the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, raped 54-year-old hitchhiker and 59-year-old homeless woman, while defense lawyers argue the sex was consensual

After New York and California become hotbeds for abortions, experts fear criminalizing miscarriages could come next
After New York and California become hotbeds for abortions, experts fear criminalizing miscarriages could come next

Will banning abortions actually stop them from happening? Of course not. It will, however, cause a sort of medical migration, where women who can afford to get their unwanted pregnancies terminated, moving to states with more lenient laws.

Veteran left with punctured lung and broken ribs after tripod thrown from highway overpass crashes through car's windshield
Veteran left with punctured lung and broken ribs after tripod thrown from highway overpass crashes through car's windshield

California Highway Patrol arrested 32-year-old Matthew Adam Thomas in connection to the incident, who had stolen the tripod from a Caltrans survey crew working nearby

Arkansas woman poses as sheriff's deputy, walks out of prison with incarcerated boyfriend
Arkansas woman poses as sheriff's deputy, walks out of prison with incarcerated boyfriend

30-year-old Maxine Feldstein pleaded guilty to multiple charges in connection to the incident and was sentenced to three decades in prison, with half the sentence suspended

Abolition of cash bail makes a strong case for reduction of overcrowding in jails and helping those with little financial access
Abolition of cash bail makes a strong case for reduction of overcrowding in jails and helping those with little financial access

Not only would removing cash bail help the law be fair to both the rich and the poor, but it would also help with overcrowding of jail and save operators expenses. 

Boxer who kissed journalist without consent has to complete sex harassment counseling before he gets back into the ring
Boxer who kissed journalist without consent has to complete sex harassment counseling before he gets back into the ring

Boxer Kubrat Pulev is also required to pay a fine of $2,500 fine by the commission. The fine is the maximum allowed by the state.

12 hospitalized after F-16 fighter jet carrying weapons crashes into warehouse at California Air Reserve Base
12 hospitalized after F-16 fighter jet carrying weapons crashes into warehouse at California Air Reserve Base

The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, luckily the pilot ejected in time and was unhurt.

Devastating California wildfire that wiped out nearly 15,000 homes was sparked by PG&E equipment, say officials
Devastating California wildfire that wiped out nearly 15,000 homes was sparked by PG&E equipment, say officials

Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility started the November 8 fire

Former coach at UCLA pleads guilty, admits to creating fake athletic profiles for children of wealthy parents
Former coach at UCLA pleads guilty, admits to creating fake athletic profiles for children of wealthy parents

Laura Janke, 36, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and could be called to testify against others, including 'Full House' star Lori Loughlin

Poway synagogue shooting suspect John Earnest pleads not guilty to hate crime charges
Poway synagogue shooting suspect John Earnest pleads not guilty to hate crime charges

John T. Earnest, 19, is charged with bursting into the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27 and opening fire with an assault rifle, killing one and injuring three worshippers.

Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion to couple who claimed long-term exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer
Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion to couple who claimed long-term exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer

The couple, in their 70s, argued that years of use of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused them each to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Apple loses major Supreme Court battle over antitrust suit by iPhone users claiming unfair monopoly
Apple loses major Supreme Court battle over antitrust suit by iPhone users claiming unfair monopoly

The top court ruled on Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

Police raid California journalist's house, handcuff him for refusing to reveal his source
Police raid California journalist's house, handcuff him for refusing to reveal his source

Authorities said the raid came during an ongoing probe into who leaked a confidential police report about the Feb. 22 death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Felicity Huffman expected to plead guilty in college admissions scam
Felicity Huffman expected to plead guilty in college admissions scam

If Huffman pleads guilty, prosecutors have promised to recommend a sentence at the low end of that range, but the judge could also choose not to send her to prison

Dennis Rodman accused of stealing 400-pound crystal and clothing from yoga studio in California
Dennis Rodman accused of stealing 400-pound crystal and clothing from yoga studio in California

Rodman and three of his accomplices allegedly worked together to distract an employee so they could steal clothes and a 400-pound amethyst crystal from the front desk

Mother who tried to drown newborn baby in McDonald's toilet moments after giving birth avoids jail time
Mother who tried to drown newborn baby in McDonald's toilet moments after giving birth avoids jail time

The mother, identified as 27-year-old Sarah Jane Lockner, accepted a plea deal earlier this year. However, she was sentenced last week to four years of supervised probation.

California teacher fighting breast cancer asked to pay for substitute teacher out of her salary while on medical leave
California teacher fighting breast cancer asked to pay for substitute teacher out of her salary while on medical leave

A decades-old California law dictates that any teacher in the state that takes medical leaves beyond the ones they have in a year will have to pay for the teacher that is replacing them

Measles outbreak: Counties in Illinois, Florida and Texas among those at highest risk of disease, say Johns Hopkins researchers
Measles outbreak: Counties in Illinois, Florida and Texas among those at highest risk of disease, say Johns Hopkins researchers

A part of the reason cases are on the rise is because of a growing fear of vaccines among people, despite the fact that an estimated 20 million lives have been saved by immunization from the disease due to vaccines since 2000

Another emaciated whale carcass washes ashore amid mysterious rise in 'starving' sea mammal deaths along West Coast
Another emaciated whale carcass washes ashore amid mysterious rise in 'starving' sea mammal deaths along West Coast

A gray whale carcass washed up in Oxnard, California on Thursday just weeks after one washed up on the west of Malibu near the Ventura County line

Wanted child molester who faked his own death to avoid arrest found alive in Florida nearly three years later
Wanted child molester who faked his own death to avoid arrest found alive in Florida nearly three years later

58-year-old Michael Patrick Manning was facing multiple charges when he made his escape from the police in 2015 and then faked his death a year later. He has finally been found again

California braves protests as it includes LGBT issues in new school sex education revamp
California braves protests as it includes LGBT issues in new school sex education revamp

Some parents and conservative groups assailed the more than 700-page document as an assault on parental rights, arguing it exposes children to ideas about sexuality and gender that should be taught at home.

Graffiti drawn in California High School bathroom threatened a shooting on campus on May 9
Graffiti drawn in California High School bathroom threatened a shooting on campus on May 9

Since the first message was found in the bathroom last week, there have been extra police patrols at the school

DNA sleuthing helps identify woman who was shot to death and her killer in 37-year-old cold case
DNA sleuthing helps identify woman who was shot to death and her killer in 37-year-old cold case

The victim was identified as Mary Silvani, who grew up in the Detroit area, moved to California and was probably estranged from her family

Maine becomes first state to ban single-use Styrofoam containers
Maine becomes first state to ban single-use Styrofoam containers

Oregon, Vermont and Connecticut are also considering banning the containers, and dozens of communities from Berkeley, California, to New York City have already passed their own bans, some of which date back to the late 1980s

Air force veteran who threatened to 'hang' Barack Obama and kill Maxine Waters jailed for four years
Air force veteran who threatened to 'hang' Barack Obama and kill Maxine Waters jailed for four years

61-year-old Stephen J. Taubert, of Syracuse, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for making threats towards the former president and the California congresswoman. During his sentencing, Taubert lay the blame for his behavior on social media.

Woman with measles attends 'Avengers: Endgame' screener, puts hundreds at risk of contracting the virus
Woman with measles attends 'Avengers: Endgame' screener, puts hundreds at risk of contracting the virus

The woman, who hasn't been identified yet, is in her 20s and had recently returned from a vacation in Vietnam, where there is a measles outbreak.

California fertility doctor charged for murder of his wife who died from an 'apparent fall'
California fertility doctor charged for murder of his wife who died from an 'apparent fall'

Eric Scott Sills claimed he found his wife dead from an apparent fall in the early hours of November 13, 2016 at their San Clemente home

Mother who died trying to shield rabbi during Poway synagogue shooting would've 'forgiven' her killer
Mother who died trying to shield rabbi during Poway synagogue shooting would've 'forgiven' her killer

Lori Kaye, 60, was killed in the Saturday shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego after 19-year-old John T. Earnest opened fire at the congregation

Firing squads are a 'humane' alternative to lethal injection following shortage of drugs, says expert
Firing squads are a 'humane' alternative to lethal injection following shortage of drugs, says expert

A shortage of drugs is forcing South Carolina to turn to alternative methods of execution. The question is, will these methods be more humane?

Army veteran rattled San Diego synagogue shooter by shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’ before chasing him out into the car park
Army veteran rattled San Diego synagogue shooter by shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’ before chasing him out into the car park

51-year-old Oscar Stewart was praying inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue when 19-year-old John Earnest opened fire at the congregation

Disney heir says 50% of executive bonuses should be given to lowest-paid employees, slams CEO's $66m pay package
Disney heir says 50% of executive bonuses should be given to lowest-paid employees, slams CEO's $66m pay package

Disney CEO Bob Iger's $66 million package last year was 1,424 times that of the median salary of a Disney employee, which is $46,127

San Diego synagogue shooting suspect wrote manifesto after being inspired by Christchurch mosque shooter
San Diego synagogue shooting suspect wrote manifesto after being inspired by Christchurch mosque shooter

19-year-old John T. Earnest from Rancho Penasquitos was arrested shortly after opening fire on a congregation inside a suburban San Diego synagogue, killing one person and injuring three others

One dead in shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, multiple injuries reported
One dead in shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, multiple injuries reported

Chabad of Poway synagogue in Southern California was hosting its Passover Holiday Celebration which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday

California firefighters were 'distracted' as wealthy, high-profile residents kept asking about their properties during wildfires: Report
California firefighters were 'distracted' as wealthy, high-profile residents kept asking about their properties during wildfires: Report

An after-action report of the wildfire said that the requests were mostly filed to ensure the safety of specific homes as the fires rapidly spread through the county

California man who stabbed wife and 6-month-old son to death with butcher knife sentenced to life in prison
California man who stabbed wife and 6-month-old son to death with butcher knife sentenced to life in prison

27-year-old Kwame Adom Carpenter stabbed his wife and infant child following an explosive argument with her after she discovered evidence of his infidelity and an on-going affair

Over 1,000 students and staff quarantined following measles outbreak at LA universities
Over 1,000 students and staff quarantined following measles outbreak at LA universities

The action at the universities — which together have more than 65,000 students — reflected the seriousness with which public health officials are taking the outbreak

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