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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Body discovered near Santa Clara, Calif. stadium where Spokane 49’ers fan disappeared

A body was discovered a few miles away from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where a U.S. Army veteran from Spokane disapeared during a football game.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Searchers in California fires step up efforts before rain

Northern California crews battling the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds Sunday that could erode gains they have made in containing the fearsome blaze, which …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for and the death toll from the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century climbed to 76, authorities said Saturday, hours after President Donald Trump surveyed …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those …


Fatal California fires spur search for solutions

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving …


Vancouver Red Cross volunteer heads to Camp Fire front lines

Vancouver Red Cross volunteer Ron Burby starts work helping those displaced by the lethal Camp Fire in Northern California today, after he was deployed to the wildfire-ravaged state Monday.


Democrat Harder ousts California GOP U.S. Rep. Denham

First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham on Tuesday in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Sheriff: California wildfire’s death toll rises to 48

Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year …


Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

In the days since a ferocious, wind-whipped wildfire began tearing through this Northern California town, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Trump blames mental illness in California bar massacre

The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California went on social media during the attack and posted about his mental state and whether people …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited

Embers falling on their heads, Venesa Rhodes and her husband had seconds to rush their two beloved cats into their SUV before a wildfire last summer would overtake them all.


Students hand out cookies, then claim they were made with human ashes, police say

Police are investigating allegations that two high school students used a grandparent’s ashes to make cookies and then distributed them to fellow classmates.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

Officials: Power lines ignited fatal blaze in California

Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter, officials said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

‘I’m sure he was trying to come home’: Former Shock player Ellison dies on side of road in California

A former starting linebacker and defensive back for Spokane Shock arena football team died last Thursday due to unknown causes on the freeway in San Fernando Valley, according to the …


Rare death row slaying at California’s San Quentin prison

One condemned inmate killed another Friday, the first slaying of a death row inmate in California in more than 20 years, officials said.


Thousands of Northern California hotel workers join strike

Thousands of housekeepers, cooks and other workers at Marriott-affiliated hotels went on strike in San Francisco and San Jose Thursday after months of negotiations for a wage increase.


California becomes first state to require a woman on corporate boards

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill making California the first state to require public companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors to advance …


New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

California is first state to require women on corporate boards

California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, according to a law signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.


California tightens rules for concealed weapons, bump stocks

Californians will have to undergo at least eight hours of training, including live-fire exercises, before carrying a concealed weapon, under one of several firearms bills acted on by Gov. Jerry …


Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged …


California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault

Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago. Since Wednesday, she …


Gunman kills his wife, 4 others and himself in California

A gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, California, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, authorities said.


California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Hundreds of dolphins cut through California waters in mesmerizing video of ‘superpod’ hunting

Hundreds of common dolphins in a ‘superpod’ sliced through slate-gray waters off Monterey Bay, California, while on the ravenous hunt for bait fish.


Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size

A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border has nearly doubled in size overnight.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

Obama, on campaign swing, urges ‘sanity in our politics’

Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,” taking another swipe at his successor as he …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

A California jury found a pipeline company guilty Friday of nine criminal charges for causing a 2015 oil spill that was the state’s worst coastal spill in 25 years, prosecutors …