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FBI: Modesto man planned Christmas attack on Pier SF’s 39

MODESTO (AP) - The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who said he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day attack on San Francisco's Pier 39, a popular tourist destination.

December 22, 2017 | | State


Nature Conservancy buys California coastal ranchland

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A huge swath of coastal California ranch lands will become a vast preserve through an acquisition funded by a $165 million gift from a wealthy environmentalist couple, The Nature Conservancy announced Friday.

December 22, 2017 | | State


Ongoing SoCal wildfire largest in state history

VENTURA (AP) - The massive wildfire that plagued a wide swath of the Southern California coast for 2½ weeks is now the largest in state history.

December 22, 2017 | | State


‘Celebration of Life’ for San Francisco mayor who died at 65

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was remembered Sunday for his humility, integrity and infectious smile during a public celebration of his life at City Hall, attended by family members, former staff, politicians and residents.

December 17, 2017 | | State


Flames threatening SoCal coastal communities as firefighters mourn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of firefighters tried Sunday to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California history while a funeral procession rolled past burn-scarred hillsides in honor of one of their colleagues who was killed battling the flames.

December 17, 2017 | | State


Pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as it seems.

December 17, 2017 | | State


1/4 of California kids seen as gender nonconforming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than a quarter of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as "gender nonconforming," meaning those boys are perceived as more feminine and the girls as more masculine, according to a new study that is among the first of its kind in the U.S.

December 14, 2017 | | State


State lawmakers propose health coverage for illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers.

December 14, 2017 | | State


UC system sets new record for applicants for 13th straight year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students are applying to the University of California system in record numbers for the 13th straight year, according to preliminary data released Thursday.

December 14, 2017 | | State


Police bust multimillion-dollar weed ‘fortress’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police in Southern California raided a weed "fortress" on Wednesday, seizing 35,000 marijuana plants and shutting down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month.

December 14, 2017 | | State


Set more fires to try to stop wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.

December 14, 2017 | | State


State wildfires prompt tougher rules for utilities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Devastating California wildfires this year - and expectations of more to come under the extremes of climate change - prompted regulators Thursday to toughen rules for utility companies to keep power lines clear of brush and tree branches that can easily spark into flames.

December 14, 2017 | | State


Firefighter dies fighting SoCal wildfire

SANTA BARBARA . (AP) - A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.

December 14, 2017 | | State


Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women.

December 14, 2017 | | State


Homeless fire started SoCal wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history burning northwest of the city kept expanding and kept thousands out of their homes.

December 12, 2017 | | State


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Horses evacuated during wildfire returned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds of thoroughbred horses evacuated during a wildfire late last year are heading back to their home at the San Luis Rey ...

April 15, 2018 | | State


DA to air evidence in eccentric NY heir’s murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been more than three years since the arrest of eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst in the execution-style ...

April 15, 2018 | | State


Immigrant sanctuary opposition spreads

SANTA ANA (AP) - More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts ...

April 15, 2018 | | State


Town mourns 15 killed when truck, team bus collide

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) - A hockey arena became the epicenter of grief for a small Canadian town Sunday as friends, relatives and those who housed members ...

April 08, 2018 | | State


Jimmy Kimmel tries to tone down feud with Sean Hannity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel is trying to de-escalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity that began over a joke ...

April 08, 2018 | | State


Alleged gang members charged in SF killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten alleged members of a Northern California street gang have been charged for their roles in seven killings, according to a report ...

April 08, 2018 | | State


Lake Tahoe groups back effort to stop invasive species

TRUCKEE (AP) - A conservation group and a coalition of municipal drinking water providers at Lake Tahoe have pitched in to try to stunt the growth ...

April 08, 2018 | | State


Body may be from crash that killed eight

MENDOCINO (AP) - A body was recovered Saturday in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff last month, killing a family of ...

April 08, 2018 | | State


Yosemite reopens after flooding

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park reopened Sunday after flooding that washed out roads during a strong Pacific storm, park officials said.

April 08, 2018 | | State


Pot grow houses tied to China gang

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States ...

April 04, 2018 | | State


YouTube shooter calm efore attack

MENIFEE (AP) - Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her sleeping in her ...

April 04, 2018 | | State


What causes YouTube to take down videos?

SAN BRUNO (AP) - YouTube often takes action against videos that violate its guidelines , and has well-established procedures for doing so. The "YouTubers" who produce videos ...

April 04, 2018 | | State


Four Marines killed in SoCal helicopter crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed while they were practicing desert landings in Southern California, the Miramar air station in ...

April 04, 2018 | | State


Warriors’ Kerr questioned on not attending Sacramento rally

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr found himself on the defensive for not attending a rally in California's capital city after he ...

April 01, 2018 | | State


SoCal voters to choose new Assembly reps

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Los Angeles-area voters go to the polls Tuesday in special elections to fill three open Assembly seats. Two spots are vacant because lawmakers ...

April 01, 2018 | | State


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