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Stories tagged: california

Parents who tortured children get life after hearing victims

A California couple who inflicted years of torture and abuse on 12 of their 13 children and were only discovered when one of their daughters fled their home and pleaded …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Officials say the drinking water in Paradise, California, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene after a deadly wildfire last year. Experts say fixing the problem could cost $300 million …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 11:18 a.m.

Legionnaires’ disease found in adjacent California prisons

Legionnaires’ disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results.

American flag graphic on police cars divides California town

The hue and cry over the placement of a bright American flag graphic on police cars has leaders in a small coastal Southern California city considering whether to tone down …

High court seems likely to rule against Calif. oil workers

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the …

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Feds say Avenatti deceived to prevent ‘house of cards’ collapse

Federal prosecutors have described Michael Avenatti as a scheming lawyer who bilked clients, cheated on his taxes and shuffled money between accounts and businesses to avoid being caught

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

’Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system

Declaring “our country is full,” President Donald Trump insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at …

Jury finds family of 8 died by murder-suicide in cliff crash

A special coroner’s jury in California ruled the deaths of two women and their six adopted children was a murder-suicide after hearing testimony that one of the women had searched …

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Yabba dabba don’t: California town rejects Flintstones house

Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant …

California shoplifter stuffs chain saw down his pants

A California business owner says store surveillance video recorded a man stealing a small chain saw by stuffing it down his pants.

California officials furious after helicopter lands in super bloom of poppies

Park officials in California’s Antelope Valley, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, said Tuesday that in recent days someone landed a helicopter in a field of poppies – part …

Man uses nude mannequins to send message to ‘nosey’ neighbor

Jason Windus gave his California neighbor something to look at during a dispute over the height of a backyard fence – naked mannequins having a garden party.

Tens of thousands converge on California ‘poppy apocalypse’

Poppy-viewing crowds anxious to see a super bloom flocked to a small Southern California city.

Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire

One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday.

California’s new governor putting moratorium on executions

The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions.

UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 8:48 a.m.

‘AK-47 bandit’ pleads guilty to Nebraska bank robbery

A Montana man dubbed the AK-47 bandit and accused of holding up banks in several states has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Nebraska.

Palm Springs area becoming California’s cannabis hot spot

You might expect California, America’s biggest consumer marketplace, to be bursting with cannabis stores since recreational weed became legalized in 2018.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

California river receding after flooding 2,000 buildings

Floodwaters that turned two Northern California wine country communities into islands reachable only by boat began receding Thursday after a rain-engorged river finally peaked after swamping thousands of homes and …

PG&E: Company’s equipment may have ignited Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and destroyed an entire town in Northern California.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat

Two California communities north of San Francisco were accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks and inundated low-lying areas around them overnight, authorities said.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Storm slams western US, raises flood fears to California

A winter storm slamming the western U.S. was dumping rain in Northern California on Tuesday and raising the threat of floods while heavy mountain snowfall created a risk of avalanches …

Plan to combat drought in West hinges on California, Arizona

A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to water from a major Western river is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Oakland teachers go on strike, demand pay raises

Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in …

This former ghost town on the fringes of LAX is now teeming with owls, legless lizards and butterflies

When the Los Angeles beachfront community of Surfridge disappeared decades ago to make way for the jet age, nature was slow to reclaim the sandy dunes and upscale lots that …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Disputes over President Donald Trump’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation’s most populous state.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Trump criticizes California over lawsuit against border wall

President Donald Trump is criticizing California’s lead role in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Cleanup, damage assessment in wake of West’s big storm

California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Powerful storm batters California, prompting evacuations

The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular …