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California court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold

California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, …


Teen who fathered teacher’s baby gets $6 million from school

A former student who fathered a child with his onetime teacher will receive a $6 million settlement from a California school district.


California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog

A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. …


Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

Firefighters were on the offensive Friday as they worked to expand significant gains against a huge wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes in Southern California.


Evacuated residents in limbo as wildfire burns in California

Air tankers bombarded rugged slopes with fire retardant Thursday and a squadron of helicopters dropped load after load of water to corral a destructive wildfire threatening mountain homes 60 miles …


California wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running …


New wildfire spreads at staggering pace in California

Fire crews gained ground on a massive Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 175 homes, businesses and other structures and charred nearly 7 square miles, fire officials said Tuesday.


Federal court bars feds from prosecuting medical pot cases

A federal appeals court has banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases that comply with state laws.


Fire roars into California town, wiping out 100-plus homes

A wind-whipped wildfire roared through a Northern California town threatened by a devastating blaze nearly a year ago, wiping out more than 100 homes and businesses and forcing thousands of …


Northern California wildfire forces 4,000 to evacuate

A wildfire destroyed at least 10 homes and forced some 4,000 people to flee their homes in two Northern California towns Sunday as flames jumped a road and moved into …


Northern California wildfire grows; more evacuations ordered

More evacuation orders have been issued as a wildfire grows in Northern California, threatening a lake community of about 1,300 that was evacuated a year ago because of a destructive …


California utility guilty of obstructing investigators

A federal jury has found California’s largest utility guilty of obstructing investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines after a deadly gas line explosion in the San Francisco Bay …


Feds bust drug ring that labeled containers as sea cucumbers

An international drug ring that used containers labeled “sea cucumbers” to send millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to western New York via California and Mexico has …


1 of 2 skydivers killed in California was first-time jumper

One of two skydivers who died plummeting into a Northern California vineyard was 18 and jumping for the first time, and his family was there watching when he hit the …


Kris Jenner involved in collision in Calabasas

LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s officials say Kris Jenner has been involved in a traffic collision but did not require serious medical treatment at the scene. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Lt. Ed …


Illegal campfire sparked deadly Big Sur wildfire, official says

A fire official says a deadly wildfire that continues to spread near California’s scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal camp fire.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 2, 2016

Highway pole rips through bus in California crash, killing 5

A bus veered off a central California highway before dawn Tuesday and struck a pole that sliced the vehicle nearly in half, killing five people and sending at least five …


Three California rave attendees die at hospitals

One man and two women died after attending a weekend outdoors rave in Fontana headlined by Ice Cube, Major Lazer and dozens of other hip hop and electronic dance music …


Fight continues against Big Sur fire; new blaze near Fresno

Crews battled a massive wildfire near California’s Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth day, while a much newer fire in Fresno County …


Crews find wreckage of small medical plane; 2 confirmed dead

Authorities found the wreckage of a small medical transport plane with four people aboard and confirmed at least two deaths Friday after the pilot reported smoke filling the cockpit and …


Dr. Dre beats gun rap following Malibu driveway encounter

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to bring gun charges against rapper Dr. Dre. A spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney said Wednesday there was a lack …


Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze

The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than …


California wildfire forces shutdown of famed Big Sur parks

California’s signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state’s two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at …


Group clones California’s huge trees to fight climate change

A cadre of modern day Johnny Appleseeds believe California’s giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on Earth – and that …


California couple claims prize in record Powerball jackpot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California couple has claimed a $528.8 million share of a record Powerball jackpot from January and pledged to give much of it to charity. Flanked by …


Los Angeles sewage spill shuts down beaches 20 miles away

LONG BEACH, Calif. – At least 1.5 million gallons of sewage spewed from a 90-year-old pipe that burst in an industrial area near downtown Los Angeles, leading beaches to close …


Google, LinkedIn complete massive Silicon Valley land swap

Tech giants Google and LinkedIn may be rivals online, but they’re collaborating in the real world on a Silicon Valley land swap.


Providence, St. Joseph hospital chains announce merger

Two Catholic hospital chains are merging to create the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, with more than 100,000 employees in seven states.


California gun control bills sent to governor

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic …


Tony Stewart wins NASCAR race at Sonoma to snap 84-event drought

For at least one weekend, Smoke was back. Tony Stewart returned to victory lane for the first time in three years in vintage fashion – refusing to let Denny Hamlin …