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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Evacuee group cleared to leave coronavirus quarantine in U.S.

A group of 195 evacuees was cleared Tuesday to end a two-week quarantine at a Southern California military base after flying out of China during a deadly viral outbreak.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

California company plans to sell China-designed SUVs in US

A California company says it will build and sell Chinese-designed automobiles in the U.S. at the end of next year or early in 2022.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Life under virus quarantine: Boxing, chalk art and waiting

While it might sound like a local recreation center’s offerings, it’s actually part of daily life for 195 American citizens quarantined on a military base after being evacuated from the …


California firefighters return from battling Australia fires

Twenty firefighters from California have returned to the United States after spending nearly a month battling wildfires in Australia.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Two jets with Americans escaping virus zone land in California

Two jets carrying Americans fleeing the virus zone in China landed Wednesday morning at an Air Force base in Northern California. Some will be quarantined at a hotel on the …


California bill seeks takeover of nation’s largest utility

Frustrated by repeated safety lapses at the nation’s largest electric company, a California lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation that would force taxpayers to buy the struggling utility and turn it …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting on Greyhound bus in California

A man cursing and muttering incoherently opened fire aboard a packed Greyhound bus in Southern California early Monday, killing one person and wounding five others in a seemingly random attack …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

U.S. evacuees ‘relieved’ about quarantine on military base

One of the nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China because of the new virus says the group was relieved to be quarantined at a military base in Southern California


Winds topple US border wall being built; it falls in Mexico

A portion of border wall being built in California toppled in strong winds, falling on a busy street on the Mexican side, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

The 195 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak are undergoing three days of testing and monitoring at a Southern California military base to …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

California patient is fourth U.S. case of new virus from China

Health officials in Los Angeles County have confirmed a fourth U.S. case of the new pneumonia-like virus from China.


California’s monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California’s coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed.


California man sentenced to death for killing family of 4

A Southern California man was sentenced to death Tuesday for the 10-year-old killings of a family of four whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert.


Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lake Tahoe avalanche

At least one person has died and another was seriously injured Friday in an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort, authorities said.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

California could be 1st state to sell own prescription drugs

California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal that Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday in a bid to lower prices by increasing competition …


Man arrested in California in Washington state killing

Detectives have arrested a 32-year-old in California in connection with the death of a man whose body was found near a logging road in Washington state last week, authorities said …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

California’s Gov. Newsom had ‘baptism by fire’ in 1st year

During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon …


Major Southern California highways reopen after heavy snow

Major interstates reopened in Southern California on Friday after lengthy closures caused by a cold storm that drenched the region and blanketed mountains and desert areas with heavy snow.


Trump sends holiday tweet attacking California governor over homelessness crisis

President Donald Trump spent part of the Christmas holiday attacking California Democrats over the homelessness crisis in their state, adding another volley of tweets to his long-running criticism of one …


Big Calif. storm to whip up weekend travel trouble in central U.S.

The storm roared ashore in Southern California on Christmas, unloading torrential rain in Los Angeles and even triggering a tornado warning near Santa Barbara. This vigorous weather system will charge …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Wildfires cause turmoil in California property insurance market

Thousands of California homeowners have lost their insurance policies as insurers pull out of areas that are at risk of fire damage or stop insuring homes altogether.


California population growth slowest since 1900 as residents leave, immigration slows

The Golden State remains stuck in the slow lane when it comes to population. The number of Californians increased to 39.96 million, with new data from the Department of Finance …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Man stuffs shrimp down pants in California grocery thefts

A thief stuffed a total of 30 bags of frozen shrimp down his pants in back-to-back burglaries of a Southern California grocery store, police said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San …


Prosecutor says he will seek 1 year for corrupt congressman Duncan Hunter

A federal prosecutor said he plans to ask for at least a year in prison for California Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to misusing $250,000 in campaign funds.


Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. But …


Hundreds stranded on Interstate 5 in ‘bomb cyclone’ fallout

Hundreds of cars remained stranded Wednesday on Interstate 5 headed north from California into Oregon in the aftermath of a major storm that dumped snow and created white-out conditions on …


Wildfire burning in California mountains grows

A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

McDonald’s agrees to $26M settlement with California workers

McDonald’s has agreed to a $26 million settlement of a long-running class-action lawsuit over wages and work conditions at corporate-run locations in California, the parties said Monday.