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California teen detained after elderly woman beaten to death

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:42:03 GMT

Northern California police say they have detained a young man in the apparently random beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says the 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assaulting another elderly woman later in the day several miles away.

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative story says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:49:05 GMT

In this April 28, 1993 photo provided by the San Diego Natural History Museum, a bulldozer refills the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego, Calif., after the excavation and salvage of fossils. In a report released on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, researchers say the southern California site shows evidence of human-like behavior from about 130,000 years ago, when bones and teeth of an elephant-like mastodon were evidently smashed with rocks.

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:01:16 GMT

A startling new report asserts the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought - more than 100,000 years ago - and maybe they were Neanderthals. Researchers said a site in Southern California shows evidence of humanlike behavior from approximately 130,000 years ago, when bones and teeth of an elephantlike mastodon were evidently smashed with rocks.

California weighs huge health care remake _ dumping insurers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:03:44 GMT

A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

'Reading MailOnline saved my life'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:04:56 GMT

North Korean leader takes the salute as his army fires rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during country's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills Father of kidnapped Tennessee teenager divorces her mother and accuses her of 'beating the girl, locking her in the basement' and making her 'vulnerable' to 50-year-old teacher President Trump is profiting from public pensions invested in same firm that owns his namesake hotel in NYC and pays him millions to manage property U.S. Air Force launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California as a test amid rising tensions with North Korea U.S. Navy fires warning flare at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between the two countries 'See you in the Supreme Court!' Trump blasts 'egregious overreach' of San Francisco judge who blocked his sanctuary city crackdown and says liberal lawmakers who ... (more)

Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:31:07 GMT

Writing in a respected journal, they maintained that inflammation is the chief threat to arteries and there is little evidence linking saturated fat consumption with heart disease, diabetes and premature death. But the editorial, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, attracted scathing criticism for being "simplistic", "muddled" and "misleading".

Californian arrested in rape of man after downtown event

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:39:00 GMT

A California man led a drunken and stumbling concert attendee into a downtown Las Vegas hotel room and raped him, according to a Metro Police report. The man had been separated from his girlfriend and a friend during the Las Rageous hard rock music festival Saturday night on Fremont Street where he was approached by Lance Austin, 54, who he believed to be hotel security, police said.

Automakers ask California to ease rules for self-driving car tests

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:54:59 GMT

Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. At a public hearing in Sacramento monitored via webcast, automakers urged California to drop some additional proposed regulations and leave much of the oversight to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kidz Bop ready bigger tour with help from Live Nation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:37:41 GMT

KIDZ BOP, the musical brand for children that's sold millions of CDs over the years, is launching its new tour in a big way with the help of juggernaut promoter Live Nation.

John Kasich on Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsing him for...

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:58 GMT

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Business Insider on Monday that he was "very honored" by movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsing the Ohio Republican for president again in 2020. ," Kasich said that he would get out of politics "for at least that year and a half" when his term as governor ends in early 2019.

The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:25:40 GMT

In this April 20, 2017 photo released by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is Tad Cummins. A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl's family said Friday, April 21, 2017.

That gas tax hike? Ita s not enough to fix Californiaa s roads, group says

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:38:47 GMT

A newly passed transportation funding bill that raises California's gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon isn't a long-term fix for the state's crumbling roads, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Better fuel economy and the growing number of electric, hybrid and zero-emission vehicles make the gas tax an outmoded, unreliable funding source for transportation, states the report, "Beyond the Gas Tax: Funding California Transportation in the 21st Century," put out by Next 10 in conjunction with Beacon Economics.

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:51:14 GMT

In this March 2, 2017, photo, Kathy LeCompte, owner of Brooks Tree Farm, shows an I-9 form of Employment Eligibility Verification at her farm near Salem, Ore. Her employees, most of them Latinos, must fill out the form.

Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:52:46 GMT

Students at the University of California, Berkeley have threatened to sue if the university does not find proper accommodations for political commentator Ann Coulter to speak next week. "It is a sad day indeed when the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, is morphing before our eyes into the cemetery of free speech on college campuses," Harmeet Dhillon, representative of Berkely College Republicans.

Global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:22:20 GMT

Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds. With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Human Behaviour .

California Gears Up to Fight Trump on Car Emissions

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:09:59 GMT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at overturning environmental regulations and reviving the coal industry. Trump also railed against a so-called "War on Coal" as well as general federal regulations in his speech prior to signing the order, promising to strike down regulations in every industry by the "thousands."

Here are five issues on which California is flying data-blind

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:13:50 GMT

You'll probably end up at the California Department of Education's snazzy website, which provides a litany of bar graphs, charts and filters to help inform the public how California's students fare on standardized tests. If you're a persistent nerd, you might even end up on the research files page, where the state posts some of the underlying testing data in large downloadable datasets for researchers and advocacy organizations to dig through.