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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 …


Froma Harrop: California keeps the faith on climate, replacing Washington

Many on the right insist that California’s tough environmental rules are strangling its businesses. Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain …


Judge tosses California law allowing life-ending drugs

A California judge on Tuesday threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.


California mom of 10 says social services visited years ago

It’s unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim 10 children suffered “horrific” abuse inside their suburban home. Their mother told reporters …


Prosecutor: Children tortured “for sadistic purposes”

Children removed from a squalid California home described acts of intentional abuse that resulted in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun, authorities …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Wind blew a bounce house onto a California highway — with a child still inside it

A child’s bouncing session inside an inflatable playhouse last weekend took a frightening turn when a gust of wind blew the structure onto a busy Southern California highway, authorities said.


Suspect in serial killings in court amid fight over records

A 72-year-old former police officer accused of being one of California’s most elusive serial killers appeared in a courtroom cage used for defendants in jail Monday as a judge put …


Human remains found near spot where SUV plunged off cliff

A Northern California resident found a pair of jeans and human remains inside a girl’s shoe on a beach near the spot where a woman drove her large family off …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

Chaos after multiple shooting reports at California school; 1 student wounded

A high school student was shot in the arm Friday at high school in the California city of Palmdale and a 14-year-old suspect was taken into custody, officials said.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

California counties sue drugmakers over opioid epidemic

Dozens of California counties are suing drugmakers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of …


California, Florida stem cell clinics target of US lawsuit

Federal prosecutors in California and Florida sued on Wednesday to stop two companies from providing stem cell treatments, alleging the clinics marketed their procedures as remedies for ailments including cancer …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

California becomes first state to mandate solar on new homes

California became the first state on Wednesday to require solar panels on almost all new homes, sending the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

California and 16 other states – including Washington – sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas …