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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Oakland teachers go on strike, demand pay raises

Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in …


This former ghost town on the fringes of LAX is now teeming with owls, legless lizards and butterflies

When the Los Angeles beachfront community of Surfridge disappeared decades ago to make way for the jet age, nature was slow to reclaim the sandy dunes and upscale lots that …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Disputes over President Donald Trump’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation’s most populous state.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Trump criticizes California over lawsuit against border wall

President Donald Trump is criticizing California’s lead role in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Cleanup, damage assessment in wake of West’s big storm

California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Powerful storm batters California, prompting evacuations

The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

PG&E bankruptcy could be costly to wildfire victims

Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California’s recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday.


PG&E: Judge’s proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes …


Pot deliveries OK’d into California communities that ban sales

California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.


Wrecks seen as wildfire areas brace for big California storm

Days of rain and snow across California have snarled rush-hour commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads even before the most intense storm hits Wednesday, with wildfire-ravished communities bracing …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Motive for slaying of California policewoman still a mystery

Natalie Corona was a rising star in her police department with a sparkling smile and a huge heart who had followed in her father’s footsteps and became an officer, fulfilling …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Democrats blast Trump for threatening to cut wildfire aid to California

In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires.


California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in Monday and immediately drew sharp battle lines with President Donald Trump, pledging to enact “progressive, principled” policies as the antidote to the White …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Jerry Brown transformed California’s justice system – twice

One of the advantages of being in government for 50 years, says California Gov. Jerry Brown, is “you get to make mistakes that you then get to correct.”


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

3 dead, 4 injured in California bowling alley shooting

Three men were fatally shot late Friday and four injured when a brawl at a popular Los Angeles-area bowling alley and karaoke bar erupted into gunfire that had terrified patrons, …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Sheriff blames sanctuary law for California officer’s death

A suspected drunken driver accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over was captured Friday as he tried to flee back to Mexico, where he lived before …


Sheriff: California officer’s killer is in the U.S. illegally

A gunman who killed a California police officer during a traffic stop over possible drunken driving is in the United States illegally, authorities said Thursday, as a manhunt for the …


Inundated by Camp fire survivors, Chico is a ‘city within a city’

Because of its size and proximity to communities destroyed by the fire, Chico was the logical place for many displaced survivors to move. Now, however, the city is struggling to …


Giant waves slam California coast

A series of storm systems, driven by persistent low pressure near Alaska, is churning waters to dangerous levels along the West Coast of the United States.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

The Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books, costing $262 million as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls an “extreme …


California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to …


Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.


Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says.


Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.


Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlement

Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in California from birds that have been force-fed and will pay civil penalties, investigative costs and restitution as part of a lawsuit …