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Sheriff: Wildfires point to usefulness of old technology

UKIAH (AP) - Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled land lines, cell phones and internet service, the local sheriff said Thursday, saying the disaster shows old-fashioned sirens and ham radios have a place in emergencies.

November 09, 2017 | | State


‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series "Magnum, P.I." has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84.

November 09, 2017 | | State


Californians will turn ranch land into beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Coastal Commission on Thursday agreed to carve a mile of public beach out of ranch land that has been in private hands for more than a century.

November 09, 2017 | | State


‘Friends’ star Aniston makes TV return

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to television and she's partnering with Reese Witherspoon.

November 08, 2017 | | State


New looks come to Snapchat , Twitter in bid for more users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.

November 08, 2017 | | State


You may help pay $170 million so PG&E can shut down Diablo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state judge Wednesday recommended that California's largest utility be allowed to increase customer rates by nearly $170 million for costs tied to the planned closing of the state's last operating nuclear plant.

November 08, 2017 | | State


Parking lots operator swindled VA of $11M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who operated parking lots for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles defrauded the agency out of $11 million, using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle that included multi-million-dollar condos, several luxury cars and a speedboat, authorities alleged Wednesday.

November 08, 2017 | | State


Councilman held in corruption probe involving pot bribe

ADELANTO (AP) - A Southern California city councilman was arrested on federal charges alleging that he took a $10,000 cash bribe involving a marijuana business proposal and also attempted to have his restaurant burned down to collect insurance money, authorities said.

November 08, 2017 | | State


Brown booby birds seen in California Channel Islands

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A seabird known as the brown booby that is usually tropical or subtropical has nested for the first time in Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California.

November 08, 2017 | | State


Teens, man called heroes after pulling pair from burning car

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) - Two quick-acting teens and a third good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California.

November 05, 2017 | | State


Tough choice for wildfire survivors: Rebuild fast or better?

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The most destructive complex of wildfires in California history wreaked most of its damage and deaths among housing subdivisions in this San Francisco Bay Area bedroom town, leaving survivors with little but white ash and hard choices: Rebuild quickly as things were, rebuild defensively against future fires, or abandon some burned neighborhoods entirely as lethal mistakes in the country's most wildfire-prone state.

November 05, 2017 | | State


Plan for floating installation is all wet

LAGUNA (AP) - State officials say a California museum's plan to install a floating streetlight as a temporary art installation off the coast is all wet.

November 05, 2017 | | State


San Francisco police get OK for officers to use stun guns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Police Commission has voted to arm police officers with electric stun guns in the wake of a deadly shooting.

November 05, 2017 | | State


Sticker shock coming with pot market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it's grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything.

November 05, 2017 | | State


Fire victims seek housing in tight, pricey NorCal market

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Raj Sodhi, his wife, Lucia Cascio and their 11-year-old twins turned into nomads for more than three weeks after a wildfire gutted their California wine country home - living in a hotel room and the homes of a friend, a boss's boss and then another friend.

November 02, 2017 | | State


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Man freed decades after double killing conviction

SACRAMENTO AP) - Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Cross-border wedding held as California ‘Door of Hope’ opens

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A United States man and a Mexican woman have wed between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


1,000 bikes found beneath SoCal homeless camp

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities clearing homeless encampments along a Southern California river have found at least two makeshift underground bunkers, including one that contained more ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in Bay Area

MARTINEZ (AP) - Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Light shines on Capitol partying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

November 19, 2017 | | State


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