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  • California pilot dies in crash fighting wildfire

    October 8, 2014 9:02 AM

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park. State fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith says Tuesday night that rescue crews reached the wreckage of the crash and confirmed the pilot's death several hours after... more »
  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    September 30, 2014 2:23 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Brown on Tuesday signed the bill by Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles. Plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next year and convenience stores... more »
  • California protesters block Israeli-owned ship

    September 28, 2014 10:17 AM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California. International Longshore and Warehouse Union spokesman Craig Merrilees says dockworkers at the Port of Oakland did not unload cargo from the ZIM Shanghai on Saturday... more »
  • Rains bring big gains against California wildfire

    September 26, 2014 2:09 AM

    PLACERVILLE, CA - A day of light rain has brought big gains against a Northern California wildfire, reducing the number of threatened homes from thousands to hundreds. State fire officials say fewer than 300 structures are threatened by the King Fire east of Sacramento on Thursday night, a figure they... more »
  • Hollywood vs. Hollywood tax credit fight Play Video

    September 18, 2014 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hollywood South will have a little more competition with Hollywood, California, since legislation was signed there to triple the California's annual tax credit for films and television. The California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act creates a new, five-year film and TV tax credit... more »
  • California crawfish fill demand during fall months Play Video

    September 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Crawfish season usually ends around July, but one Denham Springs seafood market has found a way to sell crawfish in the fall. Ron's Seafood on South Range Avenue gets live sacks of crawfish flown in from California in September to meet the demand for mud bugs.... more »
  • Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

    September 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Northern California because of the Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state. The White House announced the move in a statement Thursday night. It comes nine days after Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to... more »
  • California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

    August 28, 2014 6:48 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State lawmakers have passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. The Senate unanimously passed SB967 on Thursday as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they... more »
  • Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

    August 26, 2014 8:36 AM

    NAPA, CA - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend. The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about 7 miles south of the city of Napa. A sheriff's... more »
  • Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes Play Video

    August 25, 2014 2:14 AM

    WEAVERVILLE, CA - State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said late Sunday the fire was about 2 miles west of the historic town and has forced the evacuation of... more »
  • 3 people critically injured after California quake

    August 24, 2014 11:21 AM

    NAPA, Calif. - Three people were seriously injured after a large earthquake caused significant damage in California's northern Bay Area, and nearly 90 patients have been treated at one hospital. The city of Napa in California wine country said in a statement Sunday that two adults and one child have... more »
  • 13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire Play Video

    August 19, 2014 1:58 AM

    MARIPOSA, CA - Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as a wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California. Sheriff John Anderson issued the evacuation orders late Monday and declared a local state of emergency in Madera County. Sheriff's spokeswoman... more »
  • La. movie biz taking a bite out of California Play Video

    August 15, 2014 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly deserted Hollywood has lawmakers in California scrambling to save its iconic movie industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California has lost more than 16,000 film and television jobs and more than a billion dollars in wages. Local movie moguls say those jobs... more »
  • Fire burns over 3 California firefighters Play Video

    August 12, 2014 1:56 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Authorities say three trapped firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday. A fire spokesman says all three survived with no serious injuries. Beaver Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said the firefighters had created... more »
  • Man dies after lightning strike affects 14 Play Video

    July 28, 2014 2:08 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A coroner's official says a 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck or rattled 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz says the man was taken from the beach and pronounced dead at a hospital... more »
  • Bank robbery, gunbattle leaves 3 dead Play Video

    July 17, 2014 2:24 AM

    STOCKTON, CA - Police in Central California say a second suspect has died after a bank robbery and gunbattle that led to the death of a hostage. Stockton police say that in all, three people are dead in Wednesday's violence, which included a high-speed chase that left cars and houses... more »
  • Teen stowaway speaks about trip, mom

    June 18, 2014 9:23 AM

    SAN JOSE, CA - A teenager who survived a trip to Hawaii as a stowaway in a plane's wheel well says he hopped on the closest flight that was going west and can't believe he survived the journey. Fifteen-year-old Yahye Abdi made his first public comments since his improbable survival... more »
  • Dog doo dust-up

    June 17, 2014 7:22 PM

    SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA- The doggy doo got too deep for the Mayor of San Marino, California. After the outcry for flinging dog poop onto a political opponent's property, Dennis Kneier resigned. Residents claimed he smeared their image. But Kneier remains on the city council with another member taking... more »
  • California wildfire now 75 percent contained

    June 17, 2014 11:53 AM

    LAKE ISABELLA, CA - Diminishing winds have helped California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada. Fire spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said Tuesday there was no overnight growth of the blaze near Lake Isabella, northeast of Bakersfield. Late Monday residents were told they could return to... more »
  • California wildfire threatens some 500 homes Play Video

    June 16, 2014 6:36 AM

    BAKERSFIELD, CA - More than 1,000 firefighters have been involved in the effort to control a central California wildfire that threatens more than 500 homes. The blaze, which started Friday, has burned through 3.1 square miles of trees and brush in and around the Sequoia National Forest, coming within a... more »
  • Dancing hamster fraud

    June 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Disability fraud charges were filed against a man who played a dancing hamster in a Kia car commercial and who was a backup dancer for Madonna. The California Department of Insurance says Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation payments. Barnes is 27... more »
  • California secession?

    May 28, 2014 7:45 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA- The idea of breaking away from California to form a 51st state is gaining steam in the northern, largely rural and agrarian counties. Its been a topic of conversation for almost a century but now voters in two counties can have a say next week. People in Del... more »
  • Kidnapping suspect's lawyer says charges are lies

    May 22, 2014 11:27 AM

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - The attorney for a man charged with abducting a California teen 10 years ago and forcing her into marriage says her claims of physical and sexual abuse are lies made up because the couple is breaking up. Attorney Charles Frisco said Thursday outside a brief court... more »
  • California woman found 10 years after kidnapping

    May 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years. The Santa Ana Police Department said Wednesday that they have booked her captor, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, on suspicion... more »
  • Obama California-bound for speech, fundraisers

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • Father of teen stowaway says he'll bring son home

    April 27, 2014 6:29 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The father of the teenager who climbed into the wheel well of a jet at the San Jose airport and survived a 5½-hour trip flight to Hawaii says he plans to fly to Hawaii soon to bring his son home to California. Abdulahi Yusuf said in... more »
  • Average airfare up a buck

    April 22, 2014 7:14 PM

    WASHINGTON- The average price of a domestic airfare was $1 higher last year than in 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation says the average fare for travel in the U.S. was about $301 with the highest fares in Huntsville, Alabama at $528 and the lowest in Long Beach, California... more »
  • Teen party at mansion leads to charges

    March 18, 2014 7:38 PM

    POMONA, CALIFORNIA- Criminal charges were filed against 14 teens who broke into a mansion in Southern California and held a huge party that caused more than a million dollars in damage. Someone even stole a stuffed snow leopard. Authorities say the party was promoted on social media and more than... more »
  • Big quake strikes off N. Calif., no tsunami threat

    March 10, 2014 7:04 AM

    EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50... more »
  • Jury awards $5M for rape at California night club

    March 2, 2014 1:25 PM

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A California jury has awarded a woman $5.4 million after finding that she was raped in the restroom of a West Hollywood nightclub by an employee of the establishment. The woman's attorney says the civil jury reached the award Friday after a 15-day trial in Santa... more »
  • Classic car returned in better shape

    February 20, 2014 7:25 PM

    LAKEPORT, CALIFORNIA- A 1957 Chevy Bel Air that was stolen 30-years ago was returned to its owner and in a lot better shape than when he bought it. Ian Wilson says he was shocked to hear from the California Highway Patrol that his long-lost Chevy was taken off a... more »
  • Former Saint Sharper charged with rape in California

    February 14, 2014 2:15 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women. A district attorney's statement says Sharper will be arraigned Friday on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a... more »
  • Selfie arrest

    February 13, 2014 7:26 PM

    CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA- A "selfie" led detectives to a man accused of robbing a church in Southern California. Police say they found a phone at the scene of the crime where a laptop, cash, watches and other items were stolen. What they found on the phone, a photo... more »
  • Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

    January 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California. He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. Kashkari made the announcement in a... more »
  • Air Force drug investigation expands

    January 10, 2014 7:34 PM

    WASHINGTON- The investigation into drug use by members of the Air Force expanded to include ten officers at six bases in the U.S. and England. Nine Lieutenants and one captain are now under investigation for illegal possession of recreational drugs. Those can include Ecstasy and synthetic marijuana. The... more »
  • Costco apologizes for California bible flap

    November 20, 2013 2:35 PM

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.- A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction. The Los Angeles Times reports that Discovery Church pastor Caleb Kaltenbach recently came across the Bibles with "Fiction" written on the price tag while shopping for a... more »
  • Girl burned playing with gas

    November 11, 2013 7:25 PM

    VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA- A girl who was burned when she and her friends lighted a glass jar of gasoline is recovering from injuries. It happened in a playhouse after three girls removed the gas from an all-terrain vehicle. They put the liquid in a glass jar and took it... more »
  • Hollywood targeted to give health-care law a boost

    November 4, 2013 8:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES- The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama's signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched... more »
  • Condor cam

    October 22, 2013 7:58 PM

    BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA- North America's largest birds can be seen in the wild from the comfort of your own home. A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills above Big Sur on the central California coast captures the big birds in their natural habitat. The live-streaming camera at www.ventana.org went online... more »
  • Pac-12 fines Oregon assistant $5K

    October 22, 2013 8:43 AM

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- The Pac-12 Conference has reprimanded and fined Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti $5,000 for his public complaints about conference officiating and about Washington State's decision to leave in its starters and throw for two late touchdowns in the No. 2 Ducks' 62-38 victory. Commissioner Larry Scott announced... more »
  • 50-acre blaze burns in mountains above Azusa

    September 24, 2013 8:10 AM

    AZUSA, Calif. - Hundreds of firefighters are attacking a 50-acre wildfire burning at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. The blaze erupted Monday evening and is burning mostly in the Angeles National Forest, away from populated areas. It was 5 percent contained just before midnight. Officials... more »
  • Containment lines holding in Calif. wildfire fight

    September 11, 2013 10:43 AM

    REDDING, Calif. - Crews battling a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and damaged 30 others are expecting more favorable weather to help. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Witesman says temperatures should be cooler and humidity higher Wednesday around the Clover Fire in... more »
  • Crossbow murder

    September 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    EUREKA, CALIFORNIA- Authorities are on the hunt for a man and a 16-year-old girl suspected of killing one man with a crossbow and wounding another. The wounded man was hit three times with arrows and was released from a hospital. The dead man was found nearby and had been shot... more »
  • Boy dies after being injured in LA golf cart crash

    September 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    LOS ANGELES- Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died after suffering a severe head injury when the modified golf cart he was riding in overturned in an exclusive gated community north of Beverly Hills. City News Service reports the boy died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, about... more »
  • Crews bracing for strong winds in Yosemite fire

    August 25, 2013 11:04 AM

    GROVELAND - A wildfire burning on the northern border of Yosemite National Park grew more than 7 square miles overnight as firefighters have gained little ground in slowing it. On Sunday morning the 207-square-mile inferno was just 7 percent contained. Fire officials say crews are focused east of the North... more »
  • Mom and son eyed for body in freezer

    August 8, 2013 7:52 PM

    VENTURA, CALIFORNIA- A mother and son are persons of interest after the body of her missing boyfriend was found in her storage unit's freezer. Investigators found the body after searching 66-year-old Mary Hannan's storage unit as part of a murder investigation. Now police want more information about Hannan and her... more »
  • Rain helps firefighters make gains on Calif. blaze

    July 22, 2013 9:43 AM

    IDYLLWILD, Calif. - A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and threatened the mountain town of Idyllwild is sluggish after a thunderstorm. Lee Meyer of the U.S. Forest Service says the fire above Palm Springs didn't move overnight and crews are concentrating Monday on surrounding it on ridges thousands... more »
  • Calif. wildfire growing as mountain town evacuates

    July 19, 2013 10:16 AM

    IDYLLWILD, Calif. - A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs is growing in size and now firefighters are keeping an eye on the weather. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kate Kramer says the fire grew overnight to around 24,818 acres - roughly... more »
  • Coroner to reveal cause of Asiana passenger death

    July 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    SAN MATEO, Calif. - Officials are set to reveal whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firetruck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office will hold a news conference Friday... more »
  • Screams from Calif. roller coaster too loud

    July 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A Northern California roller coaster appears to have been a little too much fun. The Gold Striker at Great America in Santa Clara had to be taken offline this week because riders were screaming too loudly. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the shrieks were... more »
  • Judge considers effect of fungus on Calif. inmates

    June 17, 2013 2:21 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- An attorney representing inmates at two Northern California prisons has told a federal judge that prisoners vulnerable to a potentially deadly airborne fungus should be moved from the facilities immediately. Warren George with the Prison Law Office made the argument during a hearing on Monday before U.S. District... more »
  • 5 dead, 5 injured after Calif. shooting rampage

    June 8, 2013 10:52 AM

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Los Angeles County coroners have identified one of the people gunned down at Santa Monica College in a shooting rampage that killed four people before police shot and killed the gunman. Investigator Joyce Kato says 68-year-old Carlos Navarro Franco of west Los Angeles was killed in... more »
  • Southern Calif wildfire explodes in size overnight

    June 2, 2013 12:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A fire that has burned at least five structures and is threatening about 1,000 others exploded in size overnight, burning dangerously close to two foothill communities north of Los Angeles. Officials on Sunday morning said erratic overnight wind had fanned the fire in the Angeles National Forest... more »
  • Man beaten with skateboards

    May 13, 2013 7:44 PM

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA- A man remains in critical condition after a group of teens beat him with their skateboards when he intervened in an altercation. He has life-threatening head injuries and four teenagers could face attempted-murder charges. Police say the man and his girlfriend intervened in a fight between two... more »
  • One by one, homes in Calif. subdivision sinking

    May 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    LAKEPORT, Calif. - Residents of a Northern California subdivision that is sinking into a hilltop are hoping Gov. Jerry Brown approves a county request for disaster assistance. So far, the Lake County public works director and an expert hired by the county have been unable to determine why groundwater is... more »
  • Patrol: 5 die in limousine fire on Calif. bridge

    May 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    SAN MATEO, Calif. - Authorities say five people were killed and five others survived after a limousine caught on fire on a San Francisco Bay area bridge late Saturday night. California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack tells KGO-TV that five victims who were trapped in the burning limousine died. Five... more »
  • Calm, moist air aids fight against Calif. wildfire

    May 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - Moist, cool and calm weather is greatly helping Southern California firefighters battling a huge wildfire in coastal Ventura County. Fire spokesman Tom Kruschke says containment of the blaze 50 miles west of Los Angeles has increased to 30 percent Saturday morning. High winds and dry heat have... more »
  • Calif. wildfire burns 15-mile path to Pacific

    May 3, 2013 8:18 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A Southern California wildfire cutting a path to the sea has grown to more than 15 square miles, and crews are preparing for another bad day of gusting winds and hot weather. The fire that begun in Ventura County has been running down coastal canyons all... more »
  • Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif.

    May 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A wildfire raging along the fringes of Southern California communities has grown to more than 10 square miles. Fire officials say the blaze 50 miles west of Los Angeles has spread over 6,500 acres. The fire has forced evacuations of neighborhoods and California State University, Channel Islands. more »
  • Fingerprints collected in Calif. girl's slaying

    April 29, 2013 9:05 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Sheriff's officials say investigators have collected fingerprints and what they believe is DNA from the home where an 8-year-old Northern California girl was stabbed to death. Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo tells the Modesto Bee authorities hope to have lab results on the evidence in a week.... more »
  • Gay marriage argument goes to high court today

    March 26, 2013 8:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it. The court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins... more »
  • Car on roof

    March 25, 2013 7:38 PM

    GLENDALE, California- A weekend drive ended with a man driving a car on top of his neighbor's roof in Southern California. Police say the driver lost control on a driveway in an area where houses are arrayed on steep hillside. The car ended up on the roof of the next... more »
  • Teacher accused of doping kids

    March 14, 2013 7:25 PM

    MORGAN HILL, CALIFORNIA- A preschool teacher accused of spiking toddlers' sippy cups with sleepy pills was released from custody in Northern California after she was charged with child endangerment. Fifty-nine-year-old Debbie Gratz has to go to court later this month after she was arrested at the Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy.... more »
  • A yacht, pizza and beer

    March 5, 2013 7:40 PM

    PACIFICA, California- An 82 foot luxury yacht was removed from a beach after three people stole it, stocked it with pizza and beer and then ran it aground. Police arrested the accused thieves and they're in the county jail. The yacht "Darlin" was recognized by the owner after it shown... more »
  • How to be a burglar

    February 28, 2013 7:37 PM

    OAKLAND, Ca.- A city besieged with a 40% spike in burglaries and other crimes promoted a class about how to pick locks and it was in the mayor's newsletter. It didn't go over well with some residents considering the city's crime problem. Mayor Jean Quan apologized for promoting the class... more »
  • California corruption case heading to close

    February 20, 2013 7:03 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A prosecutor and defense attorneys plan to argue whether evidence in the trial of six city officials in California proves they were corrupt. Most of the defendants who testified had defended the huge salaries they collected as Bell city officials. They say they earned their nearly six-figure... more »
  • Fists, chairs fly at Calif. country club meeting

    February 19, 2013 7:30 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - A weekend homeowners association meeting at a seemingly genteel Palm Springs-area country club turned into an all-out brawl when fists - and even chairs - flew between members. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Myling Bordeau told the Desert Sun on Tuesday that the rumble erupted when some... more »
  • Four dead in California shooting spree

    February 19, 2013 11:39 AM

    TUSTIN, Calif. - Authorities in California said four people are dead after a shooting spree through Orange City, including the shooter. Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday the shootings began at 4:45 a.m. when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a... more »
  • Ex-cop believed to be dead in burned cabin

    February 12, 2013 9:19 PM

    CALIFORNIA- A charred body has been found in a burned cabin and media in California are reporting it is the body of a fugitive ex-cop who went on a deadly rampage. Authorities said earlier they believed the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner. He has been on the... more »
  • Cabin where ex-LA cop believed holed up on fire

    February 12, 2013 6:40 PM

    BIG BEAR, Calif. - The cabin where a former Los Angeles police officer is believed to be holed up is on fire. TV footage from the scene shows smoke pouring from the cabin. Police surrounded the cabin in the snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a resort town about 80 miles... more »
  • Ex-cop exchanges fire with Calif. authorities

    February 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Authorities in Southern California said a fugitive ex-LAPD officer barricaded himself in a a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains and exchanged fire with police searching for him. Two officers were wounded in the exchange and airlifted to nearby hospitals, according to authorities. A law... more »
  • More possibly dead in California bus crash

    February 4, 2013 6:28 AM

    YUCAIPA, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol says the scene at a tour bus crash is so chaotic that as many as 10 people may have been killed. Officials say right now they've counted eight dead and 38 injured. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Profant describes the scene as... more »
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    January 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    A California man says he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first... more »
  • Christian school's lawsuit may test court ruling

    January 30, 2013 2:43 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit by a Southern California Christian school against two former teachers who refused to provide proof of their faith could pose one of the first court tests of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom. A legal expert said last year's ruling that religious workers... more »
  • Doctor shot, killed at Southern Calif. office

    January 28, 2013 7:21 PM

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Police say a doctor has been shot and killed in a doctor's office in a Southern California medical building and a man is in police custody. Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says police received a report at about 2:45 p.m. Monday of six or seven... more »
  • Arsonist gets death for Calif. fire that killed 5

    January 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.- An arsonist has been sentenced to death for murdering five men who died of heart attacks during a Southern California wildfire a decade ago. Superior Court Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino sentenced 31-year-old Rickie Lee Fowler on Monday after hearing from some of the victims' family... more »
  • Fontana, Calif., schools get high-powered rifles

    January 23, 2013 1:03 PM

    FONTANA, Calif. - A Southern California school police force has acquired semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses under a controversial safety program. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the Connecticut school massacre. The $1,000 rifles were received last... more »
  • Voice actor for Charlie Brown arrested in California

    January 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T... more »
  • Sheriff: Calif. burglar was using sauna

    January 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    SAN ANDREAS, Calif. - Authorities in Northern California say a man arrested in nothing but a trench coat and socks after a break-in told investigators he had been using the homeowner's sauna. Calaveras County sheriff's deputies arrested 49-year-old Robert London this week after they responded to a report of a... more »
  • 1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

    January 10, 2013 12:57 PM

    TAFT, Calif. - One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Authorities say the 16-year-old student is in critical but stable condition. Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shooter is a student who walked into a class at... more »
  • Judge: Man in school shooting not fit for trial

    January 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - A man accused of killing seven people at a small California Christian college has been deemed mentally unfit for trial. A judge issued the ruling Monday and ordered defendant One Goh to return to court Jan. 28. Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three... more »
  • Police: Calif. teens drug parents to use internet

    January 3, 2013 12:38 PM

    ROCKLIN, Calif. - Police say two California teenagers used a prescription sleeping medication to spike the milkshakes of too-strict parents so they could log onto the Internet. The parents called police and the 15-year-old Rocklin girl and a 16-year-old friend were taken to Juvenile Hall. Rocklin is 20 miles northeast... more »
  • Whales get a wider berth

    December 27, 2012 7:37 PM

    Ships will be rerouted off the coast of California so they don't hit whales. The International Maritime Association approved vessel lane changes on the approaches to San Francisco and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. NOAA and the Coast Guard helped craft the lane changes with support from... more »
  • Louisiana teachers do not invest in gun company

    December 18, 2012 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The retirement system for teachers in Louisiana said it does not invest money in a company tied to a gun manufacturer. Questions about specific holdings surfaced in Louisiana, after one of the largest teacher retirement systems in the country, California State Teachers' Retirement System, announced it had... more »
  • Woman asks thieves to return urn with baby's ashes

    November 16, 2012 12:48 PM

    ANTIOCH, Calif. - A Northern California woman whose home was robbed is pleading with the thieves to return just one item: a silver urn that contains her baby's ashes. The Contra Costa Times reports Michiko Koyoi's Antioch home was ransacked Wednesday. Police are investigating the robbery. Among the missing items... more »
  • Raiders look to slow down New Orleans TE Graham

    November 15, 2012 4:23 PM

    ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders have plenty of experience dealing with elite tight ends playing in the same division as Antonio Gates and having faced Tony Gonzalez so many times over the years. Going up against New Orleans' Jimmy Graham this week might be the toughest test yet. With... more »
  • Police: Calif. shooting suspect 'methodical'

    November 6, 2012 3:28 PM

    FRESNO, Calif. - Police say a parolee who killed two people and wounded two others at a chicken processing plant in California moved methodically between three of the victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck and opening fire. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the victims did not... more »
  • Two arrested, 4 wounded in USC campus shooting

    November 1, 2012 9:58 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Two men have been arrested for the Halloween shootings of four people on the University of Southern California campus. USC police Capt. David Carlisle says two men outside the Ronald Tudor Campus Center party were arguing at about 11:30 p.m. when one of them pulled a... more »
  • Boy on trial in neo-Nazi dad's murder

    October 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    A 12 year old boy in California is on trial for murdering his father who was a neo-Nazi leader and shot point-blank as he slept. A prosecutor in Riverside County says the boy wanted to kill Jeff Hall because of a history of domestic violence. He dismissed the boy's lawyers... more »
  • Paul becomes major hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

    October 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Paul has become a major Category 3 hurricane in the Pacific off Mexico and a hurricane warning has been issued for a swath of Baja California's western coastline. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Paul's maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph (195 kph) as... more »
  • Worker cooked to death at California tuna plant

    October 15, 2012 12:54 PM

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs. Erika Monterroza is... more »
  • Dog that lost snout saving girls arrives in Calif.

    October 12, 2012 4:21 PM

    DAVIS, Calif. - A dog that lost its snout while saving two girls in the Philippines has been brought to the University of California, Davis, where veterinarians will try to fix its injuries. Surgeons at UC Davis' veterinary medical teaching hospital looked over the mixed breed dog named Kabang on... more »

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