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California’s Proposition 8 likely to stand

SAN FRANCISCO – As dueling demonstrators chanted and carried banners outside, the California Supreme Court strongly indicated Thursday it would rule that Proposition 8 validly abolished the right for gays …


Enthusiasts rode in cab of train involved in deadly crash

WASHINGTON – The Metrolink engineer involved in a deadly rail disaster in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley last fall not only allowed unauthorized rail enthusiasts to sometimes ride in his …


L.A. County teen inspires attempt for cuss-free week

LOS ANGELES – Pay no attention to that eerie silence in the nation’s most populous county this week; it will simply be the sound of 10 million people not cussing. …


Quick thinking saves jumper

MERCED, Calif. – A truck driver in Merced, Calif., was in the right place at the right time late last week when a California Highway Patrol officer signaled him to …


Nation in brief: Twin girls born from two uteri

A Michigan woman with two wombs has given birth to twin daughters – one from each uterus. The Mining Journal and WLUC-TV report that Sarah Reinfelder’s two healthy babies were …


California has budget after three months

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Thursday finally ended the three-month stalemate that brought California to the brink of financial collapse – but now it is up to voters to …


California one vote shy of reaching deal on budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Monday were locked in a frustrating search for one more vote to approve a $42 billion budget-balancing plan state leaders say is needed to …


Massive storm hits California

LOS ANGELES – A winter storm blanketed California with heavy rain and snow on Monday, forcing the closure of a major highway and the cancellation of the final round of …


Despite all-night session, California budget still stalled

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried Sunday to salvage a proposal to close California’s $42 billion deficit after an all-night legislative session failed to produce a new budget. The …


S&P lowers California’s rating

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s bond rating was downgraded below that of every other state Tuesday by a major Wall Street rating agency, as lawmakers trying to resolve the state’s financial …


Shooting brings murder charge

OAKLAND, Calif. – In a racially tinged case that has sparked outrage and street protests in Oakland, a former transit police officer seen on video shooting an unarmed man in …


Schwarzenegger vetoes deficit plan

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed an $18 billion deficit-cutting package Tuesday that legislative Democrats characterized as the only “game in town.” The Legislature has had three special sessions since the November …


Christmas Eve killer left slew of orphans

LOS ANGELES – After a Christmas Eve slaying in suburban Covina that left nine people dead, surviving family members on Sunday were grappling with how to best care for the …


Shooter kills 8 at Christmas party

COVINA, Calif. – Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at …


Gas leak leads to house blast

At least five people were injured Wednesday when a home in a Sacramento suburb was leveled during an explosion that officials believe was caused by a natural gas leak. Charred …


New standards hitting the showroom

OLYMPIA – Shopping far and wide for a shiny new truck or gas-sipping sedan? There’s something important you should know. Starting with the 2009 model year, new cars sold in …