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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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Wildfire closes key California highway through the weekend

A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the …


California wildfire shuts I-5, prompts new evacuations

A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California prompted officials Wednesday to close both directions of Interstate 5 connecting California and Oregon and issue evacuations.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: There’s a California connection to Northwest white supremacy

We’re entering a new era in the Northwest’s long, depressing tango with racist extremists, and there’s a lot about this era that’s new – from the methods to the mediums …


Interstate 5 reopens after California blaze forces closure

A major interstate that connects California and Oregon reopened Monday after a wildfire roared along the roadway and forced a six-day closure while burned trees and charred vehicles were removed.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Teen killed in shooting near California school

Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old critically wounded when a gun battle broke out near a Northern California high school.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires

Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with …


California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.


Trump’s tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims

The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing …