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Wildfires in California could be bad this year, officials warn

California could face a dangerous and difficult wildfire season in 2016 despite a relatively wet winter, federal officials warned Tuesday.

India home to 22 of the world’s most polluted cities

New statistics released Thursday underscored what many visitors to India already know: This country has the most polluted cities in the world.

Ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship due to report to prison

A federal appeals court rejected a bid Thursday by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal of his conviction related to the …

White nationalist on list of Trump’s pledged California delegates

A Los Angeles attorney who advocates for the creation of a “white ethno-state” is on an official list of Donald Trump’s Republican convention delegates published Monday night by state election …

Let’s make our primary matter by year 2020

Washington state must do something to avoid another irrelevant presidential primary. The status quo simply foments frustration.

Women’s golf: Gonzaga’s Bianca Pagdanganan finishes near-perfect first round with 5-under 67 to lead NCAA regional in Texas

Playing on her own suited Gonzaga freshman Bianca Pagdanganan to a tee Thursday in the first round of the NCAA women’s golf regional in Bryan, Texas.

Los Angeles man guilty in 10 ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killings

A jury has convicted a former Los Angeles trash collector in the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that spanned more than two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the …

California raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

The governor of California has raised the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

600K sign California initiative to legalize pot

Backers of a marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California.

Supreme Court turns away challenge to California’s death penalty system

The U.S. Supreme Court, over a dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer, turned down a challenge to California’s death penalty system from an Orange County murderer who said that waiting decades …

Protests follow Trump to California convention

Several hundred protesters have gathered near a Burlingame, California, hotel where Donald Trump will address the state GOP convention.

Dead whale in surf spot poses removal quandary

The massive carcass of a whale was rotting Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot while authorities were deciding whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into …

Solar-powered plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

A solar-powered plane on an around-the-world journey was about a third of the way to California early Friday after taking off from Hawaii, the project’s mission control said.

Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego …

Amid California drought, tony community threatens fines over dry lawns

A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California’s continuing drought emergency.

Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts

International crime rings targeting California’s booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree …

West Coast fisher denied endangered species protections

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against giving federal protections to a weasel-like critter called the West Coast fisher, saying threats to the species weren’t as significant as …

Coyote found shot in head gives birth to 5 pups

Animal rescuers in Southern California were surprised when X-rays revealed an emaciated coyote found badly wounded at the bottom of an empty reservoir was pregnant.

Eight states ask retailers about ‘unfair’ on-call scheduling

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have written letters to several national retailers expressing concern about on-call scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers …

1 dead, 1 hurt in model rocket blast at California school

A propane-powered model rocket exploded at a Southern California school, killing a young man and sending his friend to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Court to California companies: Give workers a chair

The California Supreme Court made it more difficult Monday for companies to deny employees a seat while they work.

California enacts highest statewide minimum wage in U.S.

LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday giving California the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022. That and a similar …

Chihuahua leads police on chase across Bay Bridge

A Chihuahua is in animal custody after leading police on a chase across the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

$15 minimum-wage movement sets sights on more states

California and New York –where almost 1 in 5 Americans live – are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded …

California OKs highest statewide minimum wage

California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to …

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after …

Minimum wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6 billion, analyst says

Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, …

FBI agrees to unlock iPhone of Arkansas teens in murder case

The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.

Improved California spring snowpack won’t end drought

California drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year, a key indicator …

Deal reached to boost California’s minimum wage to $15, avoiding ballot box battle

California lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly …