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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Maria fire in Ventura County erupts to more than 8,000 acres

A fast-moving brush fire whipped by lingering Santa Ana winds exploded to more than 8,000 acres overnight in Ventura County, burning at least one home and forcing mandatory evacuations.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Police: Four people have been killed at a Halloween party in Northern California

Four people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a Halloween night party at a large rental home in a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area community, police …


Katie Hill blames scandal, resignation on ‘double standard’

California freshman congresswoman Katie Hill says she’s resigning because of a double standard.


Disabled California seniors in complex left behind in outage

At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were essentially trapped, in the dark, in a low-income apartment complex in Northern California during a two-day power shut-off aimed at warding …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

3 killed, 9 injured in shooting at party in California home

A gunman opened fire on a party killing three people and wounding nine at a home in the Southern California city of Long Beach, authorities said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Wildfires outside L.A. threaten homes, spare Reagan library

A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles is threatening thousands of homes and horse ranches and forcing the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs. The flames narrowly bypassed …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Anger rises as California utility imposes more blackouts

Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as the state’s biggest utility began another round of fire-prevention blackouts Tuesday that could leave millions of people without electricity, some for five …


Avista would not use California blackout strategy to prevent wildfires

Avista is watching the California wildfires in hopes of gaining insight on how to prevent or contain such problems in the Northwest.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Utility says power lines may have started 2 California fires

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, the utility said Monday, even though widespread blackouts were …


California declares state of emergency over fires, winds

SANTA ROSA, California – California’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday after officials ordered nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes as hurricane-force winds drove multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation. …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

New evacuations, power outages near California wildfire

Authorities have ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility has announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California

A wildfire in California wine country that may have been caused by a high-voltage transmission line called into question Pacific Gas & Electric’s strategy of selectively cutting off power in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Hundreds flee Northern California wildfire amid blackouts

A wildfire has exploded in size in Northern California amid dangerously windy weather that has caused Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut power to thousands to prevent fires.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Trump seeks to block California as global climate leader

The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to topple California as a leading voice against climate change, charging in a federal lawsuit that the state exceeded its constitutional authority by joining …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Gunman went to class after shooting 1 near California school

A gunman and his accomplice have been arrested in a shooting just outside a Northern California high school Tuesday that wounded a teenager and locked down thousands of students and …


Study: California’s big July quakes strain major fault

The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby …


Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Authorities Saturday said three people are now confirmed dead at the scene of wildfires in Southern California, including two in Riverside County.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

‘It was a whole curtain of fire’: Authorities order 100,000 evacuated in California wildfire


California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Even with the winds kicking up dangerously, California’s biggest utility is facing gripes and second-guessing for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires


Power outages begin in California amid hot, windy weather

California’s biggest utility shut off electricity to more than a million people Wednesday for what could be days on end, in the most sweeping effort in state history to prevent …



UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Retrial for man in California warehouse fire that killed 36

The founder of an artists’ work-live collective in the San Francisco Bay Area where a fast-moving fire trapped and killed 36 partygoers three years ago will be tried again on …


Gonzaga’s Roth, WSU’s Leach express concern with California law giving athletes profiting rights

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth favors student-athletes receiving more than what NCAA rules allow currently, but he has strong reservations if that involves profiting off their name, image and likeness.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape U.S. amateur sports.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

EPA: California homelessness causing poor water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease

California is opening a new front in the battle against a disease that has decimated citrus groves across the world and looms as a threat to the state’s orange crop.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Rodents of unusual size set off alarms in California

One of the most recent threats to California’s environment has webbed feet, white whiskers, shaggy fur and orange buck teeth that could be mistaken for carrots.


EPA targets California over poor air quality

The Trump administration’s environmental battle with California intensified Tuesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency warned the state that it could lose federal highway funds if it doesn’t clean up its …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

California utility cuts power to 21,000 customers amid fire danger

California’s largest utility began cutting power to 21,000 northern customers Monday evening as fall brings back dangerous weather conditions and the company tries to head off wildfires sparked by electrical …