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UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

‘Terrifying’ tornadoes of flame burn 500-plus California structures

A wildfire that roared with little warning into a Northern California city claimed two lives as thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

California fire burns homes, injures firefighters, civilians

Fire stoked by hot and windy weather raged through a forest in far northern California on Thursday. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer conditions aided firefighters on the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

California court: Workers must be paid for off-clock tasks

Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Police arrest man suspected of starting California wildfire

Homes burned as a fast-moving wildfire forced an entire Southern California mountain town to evacuate Wednesday, while tourists emptied from the heart of Yosemite National Park so firefighters could battle …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Heart of Yosemite park to close as crews battle blaze

The heart of Yosemite National Park, where throngs of tourists are awe-struck by cascading waterfalls and towering granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome, will be closed as firefighters …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic Wednesday, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive …


Woman swerves off cliff and survives 7 days trapped on a secluded beach

Angela Hernandez does not remember much about the accident – plummeting down an oceanside cliff in central California.


Insider attack in Afghanistan killed soldier from California

The Pentagon says the U.S. service member killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan was a soldier from California.


California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings

A federal judge was irritated when an attorney for dozens of people charged with crossing the border illegally asked for more time to meet with clients before setting bond.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Wildfires sweep through California amid heat rage

Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

California fire kills 1 as heat stokes blazes in Western U.S.

A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California’s border with Oregon killed one person and destroyed at least a dozen buildings as it burned largely out of control, …


Trump loses effort to block 2 California sanctuary laws

A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by the Trump administration to block two California laws that protect immigrants in the country illegally, but put key parts of a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Men plead no contest in deadly California warehouse fire

Two men charged in a California warehouse fire that killed 36 people agreed to a plea deal Tuesday during an emotional hearing where the judge read the name of each …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

Wildfire destroys more than 100 Colorado homes ahead of holiday

A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders Tuesday and …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

Evacuations ordered as winds fuel Northern California fires

Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Dismantling California at-risk inmate housing brings hurdles

Special California prisons intended to protect gang informants, disgraced cops and child molesters have become so violent, gang-riddled and crowded that officials are dismantling what’s become the United States’ largest …


California wildfire grows, 1,500 under evacuation orders

A wildfire in Northern California that forced about 1,500 people to flee their homes grew overnight and was heading toward a sparsely populated area in a region hit hard by …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Thousands flee as winds fan growing California wildfires

A wind-driven wildfire destroyed a dozen buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as it raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017

California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 5:46 p.m.

California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk

California health officials proposed a regulation change Friday that would declare coffee doesn’t present a significant cancer risk, countering a recent state court ruling that had shaken up some coffee …


Bold California initiative to split state in 3 faces hurdles

Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation’s most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Report: Downed power lines sparked deadly California fires

Downed power lines caused a dozen Northern California wildfires last fall, including two that killed a total of 15 people, California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday. The …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

GOP, Democrats dodge disaster in California primaries

Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall. There was …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

GOP avoids shutout in race for California governor

Democrat Gavin Newsom won Tuesday’s primary in the race for California governor and Republican John Cox finished in a strong second place, ensuring Republicans won’t be shut out of the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

Democrats hope for big push from 8-state primary night

For all their talk of a “blue wave,” Democrats needed a good day Tuesday in California to have much hope of seizing the House majority this fall.


Pacific Crest Trail backpacker found safe in California

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker from Washington state who was reported overdue has been found safe in California.


California, U.S. team up on an issue that divides them: pot

An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

A Chick-fil-A is paying $18 an hour to retain fast-food workers

By 2022, the minimum wage in California will rise to $15. But the owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento plans to go ahead and raise the wages of his …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Man responsible for racist propaganda in Sandpoint now targeting Sen. Feinstein

A Sandpoint man known for blanketing his city with racist, anti-Semitic propaganda appears to be responsible for a flurry of robocalls targeting U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and urging …


California building explosion investigated as intentional

An explosive package targeted an office in a Southern California medical building, causing a blast that left a woman dead and three other people injured, two officials told The Associated …