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Three pedestrians killed

REDONDO BEACH  (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:42 a.m. | | Three pedestrians killed Comments 0 Comments

PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state’s largest utility company that have marred his tenure.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:45 a.m. | | PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’ Comments 0 Comments

Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA (AP) — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

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Protection sought for scenic region

WOODLAND (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state’s famous wine country.

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Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:41 a.m. | | Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks Comments 0 Comments

CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops

OAKLAND (AP) — The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:41 a.m. | | CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops Comments 0 Comments

Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 7:12 p.m. | | Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining Comments 0 Comments

Carjacking suspect arrested in ‘Hobbit’ screening in SoCal

NATIONAL CITY  (AP) — Moviegoers watching “The Hobbit” in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who’d dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 7:12 p.m. | | Carjacking suspect  arrested in ‘Hobbit’  screening in SoCal Comments 0 Comments

Exchange sign-ups exceed last year

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California’s health care exchange has exceeded last year’s insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 6:22 p.m. | | Exchange sign-ups exceed last year Comments 0 Comments

Lawsuit over immigrant license data

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.

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Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

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Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years — a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

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PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 8:59 p.m. | | PG&E email alleges offer by regulator  Comments 0 Comments

Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 9:02 p.m. | | Rain could spell trouble for water conservation Comments 0 Comments

Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 8:58 p.m. | | Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm Comments 0 Comments

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