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Woman arrested after throwing liquid on California Senate

California police have arrested a woman who threw a feminine hygiene device containing “what appeared to be blood” onto the floor of the state Senate


Ask Dr. Universe: Why are there so many palm trees in California?

Along with beaches, sunshine and movie stars, a lot of people picture palm trees when they think of Southern California. While there are lots of palm tree species in California, …


Boat fire wreckage taken to navy base for investigation

Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people.


PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing most of the claims from Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 as …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Crew was asleep when fatal boat fire ignited, officials say

Federal investigators say all six crew members were asleep when a fire broke out in a scuba diving boat off the coast of California, killing 34 people


Bill giving protections to Uber drivers, others moves ahead

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.


Criminal probe underway in fiery California boat disaster

U.S. authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people off the coast of California, two officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Officials: Fire blocked escape for 34 divers asleep on boat

Authorities say flames roared through a boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

8 killed in deadly California boat fire; dozens missing

A fire raged through a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least eight people dead and hope diminishing …


Pacific fishermen report best king salmon season in years

California fishermen are reporting one of the best salmon fishing seasons in years, thanks to heavy rain and snow that ended the state’s historic drought.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Spanish man paddles his way from California to Hawaii

Antonio de la Rosa doesn’t take it easy on his vacations. The Spaniard spent his summer paddling his way from California across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.


Jet catches fire during takeoff in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 11:53 a.m.

With rivals heading to California, Biden eyes New Hampshire

Joe Biden won’t be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, as he’s skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead.


California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that …


California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

California’s unemployment rate has again fallen to an historic low of 4.1% as the world’s fifth-largest economy continues to add jobs following the Great Recession.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

Authorities say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Wild California freeway shootout leaves officer, gunman dead

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two officers others wounded during a “long and horrific gun battle” at a traffic stop on a freeway near Los Angeles, authorities …


In the neighborhood: Eclectic and walkable Highland Park is a fun place to explore while in L.A.

Just a few miles from downtown, historic Highland Park is becoming one of the hippest – and most walkable – sections of L.A. It’s lined with trees, taquerias, vintage shops, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Stabbing rampage by man in 2 California cities leaves 4 dead

A man “full of anger” stabbed, slashed and robbed his way across two Southern California cities in a bloody rampage that killed four people and wounded two others who were …


Walmart employees staging a walkout to protest gun sales

Dozens of white-collar Walmart employees are expected to walk out Wednesday afternoon to protest the retailer’s gun policies after shootings at two company stores left 24 people dead.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Giant emojis painted on house roil California community

A Southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emojis on a bright pink background.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Millionaire charged with wife’s death arrested in Mexico

A millionaire fugitive charged with killing his wife in California spent the past four years in Mexico until intense media coverage led to hundreds of tips and eventually his capture, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 3:50 p.m.

Senators to introduce bipartisan wildfire bill

Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

U.S. fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurt

U.S. Navy fighter jet crashes in Death Valley National Park; 7 people who were at a scenic overlook were injured


Events look at balancing security, ambiance after shooting

Event organizers should review their emergency plans after a deadly shooting at a California food festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements as the peak of summer …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Gunman kills 2 kids, 1 other in California festival attack

Authorities on Monday were searching for answers to why a 19-year-old opened fire on a popular food festival less than a mile from his parents’ home in California, killing two …


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Multiple people reported shot at food festival in northern California

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene of a shooting at an annual food festival in northern California.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

California skirts Trump, signs mileage deal with 4 companies

Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration’s push to freeze requirements at 2021 levels.