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Bruce Springsteen excuses 11-year-old from school with signed note to teacher

A young fan was recently living one of her very own “Glory Days” at the conclusion of a Bruce Springsteen concert. During the March 31 show at Chase Center in San Francisco, an 11-year-old student held up a poster that read, “SKIPPING SCHOOL SIGN MY NOTE?” Springsteen noticed the young fan’s placard and very willingly penned the absence slip to excuse her from school the…

Top universities in California based on enrollment rates

As the most populous state in the nation, California educates hundreds of thousands of college students each year. Accordingly, the Golden State is home to the largest higher-education system in the U.S., according to the Public Policy Institute of California. The 10 campuses that comprise the University of California system are the state’s main academic research institution, while the California State University system is the…

California deputies shot, killed teen kidnapping victim as she was seen surrendering: video

A California teenage girl who had been kidnapped by her father followed a sheriff’s deputy’s orders and appeared to be surrendering when she was shot and killed by other deputies during a gun battle on a highway in 2022, newly released video and audio shows. Savannah Graziano, 15, was shot and killed as she ran toward San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies amid the gunfire on…

Judge rejects Hunter Biden request to toss federal tax charges

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday rejected Hunter Biden’s request to dismiss tax charges accusing the president’s son of a four-year scheme to avoid paying $1.4 million in taxes while living an extravagant lifestyle. Among the claims that U.S. District Judge Marc Scarsi dismissed in eight separate motions were that federal prosecutors supposedly caved to pressure from Republicans or that the younger Biden had…

Authorities escort cars around part of California’s Highway 1 that crumbled into ocean

Authorities urged motorists to avoid California’s Highway 1 along the central coast after a section of the scenic route collapsed during an Easter weekend storm, forcing closures and stranding motorists near Big Sur, authorities said. The collapse occurred amid heavy rain Saturday afternoon near Rocky Creek Bridge about 17 miles south of Monterey, sending chunks of asphalt tumbling into the ocean from the southbound side…

Israeli tech couple killed in California plane crash

An Israeli tech couple were reportedly killed in a plane crash near the California-Nevada border Saturday evening.  Israeli media identified the couple as Liron and Naomi Petrushka. Liron Petrushka was a former soccer player for the Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim.  In the late 1990s, Liron Petrushka started a successful tech company with his wife which later sold for $242 million. In recent years the couple…

Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. dead at 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar, has died at the age of 87. Gossett’s nephew told The Associated Press on Friday that the actor – who also won an Emmy for his role in the TV series “Roots” – died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California. The cause of death has not yet been released. This is a…

Bodycam captures suspect clinging to moving car trying to evade arrest

Police in California released video of a pursuit that ended with a suspect clinging onto a moving car in what looked like a carjacking attempt, prior to being shot. Video released Saturday by the Lathrop Police Department shows the Jan. 27 pursuit of suspect Juan Valdez, 40, after a woman called 911 to report her friend was being threatened by him. The footage shows officers…

Mountain lion attack kills 21-year-old man, injures younger brother in California

A mountain lion killed a 21-year-old man and injured his 18-year-old brother in a remote area of Northern California’s foothills on Saturday, authorities said. The brothers were hunting for shed antlers near Georgetown in El Dorado County when the mountain lion attacked, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said. The younger brother called the sheriff’s officer around 1:15 p.m. to report the attack and said…

Meet the former Dem Congressman facing more federal charges than George Santos

A California Democrat who previously represented the Golden State in the House has been offered a plea deal over wire fraud, money laundering and other federal charges stemming from 2022. Terrance John “T.J.” Cox, who represented California’s 21st Congressional District from 2019 to 2021, is facing a combined 28 charges — five more than the number of charges currently faced by former New York GOP…

California doctors say Medicaid must pay more, upcoming vote could raise taxes to do so

When Hunter Morgan bought an optometry practice in Southern California three years ago, one of the first things he did was start seeing patients who use Medicaid — the government-funded health insurance program for low-income people. The previous owners had not accepted patients on Medicaid, which covers roughly a third of California’s 39 million residents. But Morgan felt he had a responsibility to serve people…

California border officers find thousands of pounds of meth in shipment of carrots

Border officers in Southern California seized nearly 3,000 pounds of methamphetamine worth millions of dollars after discovering the drugs hidden in a shipment of carrots, officials said Tuesday. The drugs were seized just before noon on Sunday at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility near San Diego, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.  CBP officers stopped a 44-year-old man who was driving a commercial tractor trailer…

San Francisco couple, toddler, killed by SUV while waiting for bus to zoo

A San Francisco couple and their toddler, who were waiting for a bus to take them to the city’s zoo, have died after an SUV rammed into their stop, reports say.  The accident Saturday afternoon in the San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood also left three people injured, including the couple’s infant who survived but is hospitalized in critical condition, according to KGO.  “We don’t know…

San Francisco protesters who blocked bridge to demand Israeli cease-fire will avoid jail time

Dozens of protesters who stood across a California bridge, shutting down traffic for several hours as they called for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, will not have to serve jail time, prosecutors said. In lieu of a criminal proceeding, the 78 protesters were ordered to do five hours of community service and pay restitution for blocking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during a protest…

16 sheriff SWAT team members injured from explosion at Southern California FBI training facility

An explosion at a Southern California FBI training facility Wednesday injured 16 sheriff’s department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team members, authorities said. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) SWAT team was conducting its annual joint exercise with the agency’s bomb squad at the Jerry Crowe Regional Tactical Training Facility, which is operated by the FBI, in Irvine, OCSD Sgt. Frank Gonzalez told Fox News…

Proposed CA legislation would ban fake gunfire, require advanced notification in active-shooter drills

Fake gunfire would be banned from active-shooter drills in California’s public schools under legislation proposed Tuesday that would also require schools to notify students, teachers and parents ahead of time whenever a drill was planned. The measure was introduced by Democratic Assemblymember Chris Ward, who argues that some districts have gone too far in their efforts to prepare students for possible tragedy, such as by…

California woman wanted for allegedly kidnapping biological son, fleeing across Mexico border: FBI

Federal authorities are seeking a California woman suspected of kidnapping her 16-month-old biological son and taking him across the Southern Border into Mexico. Brigette Benitez, 31, is wanted by the FBI after she allegedly failed to return her son Miguel Eduardo Zuniga Medina Jr. to his foster family following an unsupervised visit. On Feb. 6, Benitez picked up her son in Walnut, California, for a…

Northern California’s mustard bloom draws visitors to wine country

Brilliant yellow and gold mustard is carpeting Northern California’s wine country, signaling the start of spring and the celebration of all flavors sharp and mustardy. Mustard isn’t just pretty to look at. The plants, which bloom through March, are doing hard work to protect world-famous vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. Mustard contains high levels of biofumigants, which suppresses the growth of microscopic worms that…

Adam Schiff could unite Californians in Senate bid, but to GOP candidate’s benefit: Kevin McCarthy

Former House Speaker and longtime Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., could indeed unite California voters, but not in the way the prominent liberal hopes to. Schiff is the leading Democrat in California’s unique Jungle Primary system where the top two vote-getters at Tuesday’s polls will move on to the general election regardless of party. Recent polling shows Schiff locked tight with…

Migrant encounters at southern border surpass 21,000 in 72 hours, CBP sources say

The U.S. may be on the brink of a potential spring surge of illegal crossings at the southern border after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources told Fox News early Monday that migrant encounters have surpassed 21,000 over three days. The 7,000-plus migrant encounters on Sunday followed similar numbers on Friday and Saturday, the sources said. Leading the encounters from Friday to Sunday was…

US citizen arrested at California checkpoint after attempting to smuggle $130k in fentanyl pills

An American citizen was arrested on Wednesday after attempting to smuggle $130,000 worth of fentanyl pills through a California immigration checkpoint, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday. Border Patrol agents at the El Centro Sector checkpoint in Indio said a ride-share taxi driver with four passengers entered the inspection area – which is on Highway 86 near the Salton Sea – at…

Why plastic bag bans are failing

Thirteen states across the country have enacted bans on “single-use” plastic bags, with upwards of 500 cities doing the same. More could be on the way. Environmental groups claim that these bags are difficult to recycle, contaminate oceans and therefore our food source, and can take 1,000 years to biodegrade. According to the Sierra Club, we could be ingesting up to a credit card’s worth of plastic every week. States and municipalities began passing bills in order to cut down on plastic waste, with the idea that forcing consumers…

Man ejected from sunroof during Big Sur cliff fall waits 2 days for rescue

A driver is recovering after spending two days on the side of a cliff after his car rolled several hundred feet down a California hillside. The unidentified man told rescuers he was driving home late Sunday night in Monterey County when he swerved to avoid hitting some deer, causing him to veer off the roadway. The driver said he was ejected through his car’s sunroof….

San Diego man charged for threats to Arizona election worker: ‘run’ and ‘hide’

A San Diego man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of leaving threatening messages on the personal cellphone of an Arizona election worker he accused of rigging the 2022 election results, federal prosecutors said. The 52-year-old was charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and will make an initial court appearance Friday in San Diego, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of…

AI comes to the world of beauty as eyelash robot uses artificial intelligence to place fake lashes

Artificial intelligence is making its way into esthetics with a new application in eyelash extensions. A Bay Area-based company called Luum has released an AI-powered eyelash extension machine, currently available at only a few select California locations. Nathan Harding, CEO and co-founder of Luum, who is based in Oakland, California, told Fox News Digital in an interview that the company is using robotics and AI…

California man mauled, killed by pit bulls in yard: police

A California man is dead after he was reportedly viciously mauled by pit bulls in his backyard. According to the Compton Fire Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, authorities responded to a 911 call on Friday morning at around 8 a.m. Authorities said that a woman made a frantic call that her 35-year-old boyfriend was severely hurt after being attacked by pit bulls. When…

California teen vanishes during layover at Denver International Airport on way home from mental health center

A teen heading back to her home in California allegedly never made it back, with authorities saying that the last time she was seen was at a layover at Denver International Airport. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that 15-year-old Harper Cadman went missing at the Denver International Airport on Jan. 30. “Harper never got on her flight back home and is…

Fathers, uncle of Marines killed in California helicopter crash speak out: ‘Should not have happened’

Two fathers and the uncle of three of five Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a storm in Southern California this week are lamenting their deaths as avoidable.  “Maybe this is the one instance to where they wake the f— up and they say, ‘What are we doing to our service members? We’ve got to stop this,’” Steven Langen, father of Sgt. Alec Langen,…

Nigerian bank CEO killed in Mojave Desert helicopter crash in California: ‘Irreparable loss’

Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of a major Nigerian bank, was one of the six people killed in a Friday night helicopter crash in California’s Mojave Desert, authorities say. The death of Wigwe, who led Access Bank Group, was confirmed by Nigerian officials on social media, including World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, was also killed…

California Elementary school principal disciplined for ‘upsetting’ behavior during school shooter drill

A California elementary school principal was placed on administrative leave after children and parents complained about her behavior during an active shooter drill. Dr. Nina Denson allegedly pretended to shoot students and told one child, “Boom, you’re dead,” while conducting an unauthorized lockdown drill, local news station KTLA reported. “She proceeded to walk around campus and pretended to shoot people she saw using finger movements…