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40 hurt in two SF bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

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Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS  (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

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Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) — A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

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Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

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$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) — Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

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GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor’s claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation’s most populous state.

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People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO — Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

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Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Californians buying individual health plans on the state’s exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

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Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

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Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) — In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn’t think much of the song.

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Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK  (AP) — The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park’s treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

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SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

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Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) — California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state’s troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

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Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an “institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project,” a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

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San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

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