Child dies, sister critically injured after being hit by stolen truck: cops

ANTIOCH, Calif. — Police in Northern California say a 4-year-old girl was killed and her 2-year-old sister critically injured when a stolen pickup truck crashed into their vehicle. KGO-TV of San Jose reports that the girls’ mother was also seriously injured in Wednesday’s crash in Antioch. The Contra Costa Sheriff’s

‘Horror house’ that doubled as private school was never inspected

The squalid California home where authorities say 13 children were tortured and imprisoned by their parents was never inspected by local fire marshals — despite requirements compelling them to do so because it doubled as a private school. David Turpin, who is accused along with wife Louise Turpin of

Inside the California couple’s eerie original ‘horror house’

New photos show the stomach-churning conditions that California “hell house” parents David and Louise Turpin subjected their kids to while living in Texas nearly two decades ago — suggesting their alleged abuse of their own children may stretch back for years. When the Turpins lost their Fort Worth, Texas,

Grandpa thought ‘Horror house’ dad was an excellent father

The father of California torture-dad David Turpin says he always thought his son was a good dad, according to a report. “He was a fine person,” James Turpin told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from his home in Princeton, West Va. “He did an outstanding job and worked in school,

‘Horror house’ mom ignored her parents’ dying wish, sister says

Accused California torture mom Louise Turpin ignored her parents’ dying wish to see her and callously skipped out on their funerals, according to new reports. “My parents, before they died in 2016, begged to see her,” sister Teresa Robinette told WBIR-TV. “Even on their on their deathbed they asked

Longshot bid proposes to split California into two states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A fresh effort is underway to split California into multiple states, one including its coastal cities and the other its rural and inland areas. “New California” is just the latest proposal to divvy up the nation’s most populous state. But like efforts before it, it’s highly

Pot peddlers are declaring war on booze

Marijuana boosters have declared war on booze. The number of billboards and other advertisements aimed at converting drinkers into tokers or nibblers (of edible marijuana) has exploded over the past several years. With California on Jan. 1 becoming the eighth state to legalize the recreational use of weed, the rhetoric

Parents arrested after cops find 12 siblings shackled to beds

A shocking scene of filth and depravity was uncovered in an idyllic California neighborhood, where more then a dozen emaciated siblings were found “shackled to their to beds with chains and padlocks.” The siblings — ranging in age from 2 to 29 — were allegedly being held captive by

Murdered Ivy League student stabbed more than 20 times: cops

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities say a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park had been stabbed more than 20 times. No weapon has been found. The Orange County Register reports that authorities are investigating whether the killing

Parents arrested after cops find 12 siblings shackled to beds

Police in California discovered a horrifying scene of 12 siblings “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks” inside their California home after a 13th kid escaped and called 911. More On: child abuse Man acquitted of abusing boy at furry animal costume parties Cops open homicide investigation into 1-year-old's OD death Couple

Car soars into second floor of building, gets lodged for hours

This driver was really flying. A California motorist was moving so fast when his car slammed into a center median Sunday that the impact launched the vehicle into the second story of a nearby building — where it stayed lodged for hours as rescuers extricated a person trapped inside. “This

Authorities arrest friend of dead Ivy League student

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities on Friday arrested a friend in the killing of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach was taken into custody for investigation of homicide after

28-year-old accused of killing mom over video game argument

CERES, Calif. — Police have arrested a Northern California man they say shot his mother to death after he began yelling during a video game. Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew Nicholson of Ceres was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of murder. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney. Police called to Nicholson’s home

John Tunney, former senator from California, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” has died. He was 83. Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday at a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles,

Man surrenders, confesses to decades-old murder

A California man confessed to a cold case murder he claimed to have committed 25 years ago — saying his faith in God motivated him to finally confess. Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, turned himself in at the Shasta County Sheriff’s station on Tuesday — and delivered an emotional confession