‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author Harper Lee Dies At 89

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and the recently released sequel Go Set a Watchman has reportedly died at the age of 89. According to multiple reports, her death has been confirmed by various sources, including the mayor’s…

Mudslide in California: Photos Flood Twitter

A mudslide filled Interstate 5 with mud just north of Los Angeles, California on Thursday night. Hundreds of people and their vehicles were left stranded as a result, and clean-up by emergency crews continued throughout Friday. The mudslide came from…

Uber’s Background Checks Let Murderer, Sex Offenders, and Other Felons Through the Cracks, Say DAs

Uber’s background checks are not working, according to two California District Attorneys. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have filed an update to a complaint originally filed in December. The suit’s overarching claim is that Uber has…

Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for Uber and the whole ridesharing industry, the California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are actually employees. According to Reuters, “the ruling earlier this month and filed Tuesday in state…

46% Of Yelp’s Top 100 Places To Eat In The U.S. Are In California

Apparently you really need to live in California to have a great selection of places to eat. That’s what Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. would have you believe anyway. 46 out of 100 of them are…

Google Reveals First Real Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google unveiled what it says its its “first real build” of its self-driving vehicle prototype. Back in May, Google showed off an early mockup that eliminated the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. But that didn’t even have real headlights. Now,…

Microsoft’s Knightscope Robots Guard Silicon Valley

Don’t be alarmed when you’re strolling along the roads of Silicon Valley and you happen to be stalked by a cold, heartless, egg shaped machine on wheels; it’s happening. Microsoft, the multinational technology corporation, has finally decided to hire robot…

Lone Survivor of Capsized Boat Expresses Guilt

Commercial fisherman Phillip Sanchez has expressed gratitude tinged with guilt, after becoming the lone survivor of a boating accident that killed four of his friends off the coast of Northern California Saturday. A sneaker wave capsized the 32-foot boat Sanchez…

Ashley Swearengin Loses Close California Controller Race

Fresno, California Mayor Ashley Swearengin lost a close race for California state controller on election day this week. Swearengin, a Republican, received 47.3 percent of the state’s votes, falling short of the 52.7 percent Democrat Betty Yee received. In a…

Proposition 46 Debate Heats Up in California

In November Californians will have the opportunity to significantly change medical malpractice law in their state. Proposition 46 would raise California’s cap on non-economic damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state’s cap is currently $250,000, set in 1975 by…