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  • Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese

    May 22, 2017 6:16 PM

    SACRAMENTO - California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station. Health officials on Monday confirmed one death among what the state says is 10 people sickened by the cheese dip. Authorities did not identify the dead man.... more »
  • Several injured after plane hits truck on LAX Airport runway

    May 20, 2017 7:15 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Authorities say an Aeromexico flight clipped an airport utility truck while taxiing after landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said Saturday the plane clipped the service truck, causing it to overturn. Pedregon says no one on the plane was injured. He says... more »
  • Delta apologizes after California family booted from flight

    May 5, 2017 8:45 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and compensation to a California family that says they were forced off a plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their seats. A video of the April 23 incident was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and... more »
  • Ballistic missile test-fired from California coastal base

    May 3, 2017 7:55 AM

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The U.S. has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from California for the second time in seven days. The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 blasted off from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning and delivered a mock warhead to a... more »
  • House GOP leader wants to shape college free speech policies

    May 2, 2017 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana House GOP leader says he's so worried about university decisions to jettison appearances from controversial speakers that he wants to enact a new free speech law for his state's campuses. Rep. Lance Harris cited Berkeley's canceling of conservative commentator Ann Coulter's on-campus speech as one... more »
  • Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

    April 27, 2017 8:15 AM

    BERKELEY - Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says that while her speech at the University of California, Berkeley was canceled, she may still show up to say hello to her supporters. Police and university officials say they're bracing for trouble Thursday whether or not she decides to show. They say intelligence... more »
  • California police seek more suspects after violent rallies

    April 17, 2017 10:24 PM

    BERKELEY, Calif. - Northern California officials say they are seeking suspects involved in violent clashes over the weekend between supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley. City spokesman Matthai Chakko says officials will seek to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in crimes last Saturday. He says they... more »
  • Two critically injured in explosion inside California motel

    April 16, 2017 10:08 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fire officials in Northern California say two people were critically injured in an explosion inside a motel room that's being investigated as a crime scene. The Mercury News reports the explosion Sunday at the Casa Linda Motel in San Jose badly damaged one room. San Jose... more »
  • California woman who fell off bridge during selfie won't be charged

    April 6, 2017 1:16 PM

    AUBURN - Authorities say a woman who fell 60 feet (18.2 meters) while taking a selfie on a Northern California bridge will not be charged for trespassing. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the woman was airlifted to a hospital and is expected to survive. The woman, who hasn't been... more »
  • California murder suspect released after posting $35M bail

    April 6, 2017 5:40 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Northern California woman accused of killing the father of her two children was released from jail after posting $35 million bail. Tiffany Li rushed out of the jail Thursday at about 1:45 p.m. with a bodyguard, wearing a baseball hat and a hood pulled tight around... more »
  • Study: Immigrant driver's licenses may ease hit-run crashes

    April 3, 2017 3:18 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A new study suggests that a California law granting driver's licenses to hundreds of thousands of people in the country illegally has reduced the likelihood of hit-and-run collisions. Researchers at Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab estimated that granting the driver-only licenses appears to have reduced hit-and-run crashes... more »
  • Firefighters hoist dog out of 30-foot California well

    April 3, 2017 10:21 AM

    MALIBU, Calif. - Rescuers in southern California have saved a dog that fell into a 30-foot well. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Brian Jordan tells KNBC-TV a 13-year-old Welsh Terrier named Lucy fell into the dirt well in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu late Sunday morning. The department's... more »
  • At least 3 killed in Oakland building fire

    March 27, 2017 10:04 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Authorities say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California that housed recovering drug addicts and former homeless people killed at least three residents. The third person's body was found Monday. The Alameda County coroner said Monday evening that a fourth person remains missing.... more »
  • NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas

    March 27, 2017 2:18 PM

    PHOENIX - NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday. The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money.... more »
  • One dead, four hurt in large four-alarm fire in Oakland

    March 27, 2017 10:23 AM

    OAKLAND - An attorney for the biggest tenant of an Oakland building that caught fire while housing people recovering from addiction, prison and life on the streets says the landlord was trying to evict the nonprofit organization. Lawyer James Cook, who represents Urojas Community Services, said the organization rented the... more »
  • Study: California fault could cause magnitude-7.4 quake

    March 7, 2017 10:22 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A new study says an earthquake fault running from San Diego to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 temblor that could affect some of the most densely populated areas in California. The study, announced Tuesday, looked at the Newport-Inglewood and the Rose Canyon systems. They'd... more »
  • 4 dead, 2 injured as plane hits California homes

    February 27, 2017 9:39 PM

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Authorities say four people are dead and two are injured after a small plane crashed into two homes and sparked a huge fire in Southern California. Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore says the Cessna's occupants, a husband, wife and three teenagers, were returning to San Jose on... more »
  • Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

    February 25, 2017 1:23 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market. The market is expected to explode after voters... more »
  • Evacuations called as rivers rise in California

    February 20, 2017 11:27 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Creeks and rivers are nearing flood stage in California as another rainstorm pounds the area, prompting evacuations and stranding several thousand people in a remote hamlet. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday afternoon for areas of Monterey County as water rose in the Carmel, Salinas, and Big Sur... more »
  • Crowd holds vigil for slain Whittier officer

    February 20, 2017 3:08 PM

    WHITTIER - A huge crowd has gathered outside Whittier police headquarters to remember a veteran officer gunned down while responding to a car crash. Hundreds of people showed up for Monday night's candlelight vigil honoring Officer Keith Boyer. Authorities say a 26-year-old gang member recently released from jail killed his... more »
  • Judge asked to order release of San Bernardino iPhone records

    February 20, 2017 1:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The news organizations said Monday there's no reason for the FBI... more »
  • Man shot by officer after opening fire near Oakland zoo dies

    February 18, 2017 7:40 PM

    OAKLAND, Ca. - Police says a man shot by an officer after opening fire at residents, cars and police officers in Oakland died hours later at a hospital. Oakland Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson says the man was identified as 32-year-old Jesse Enjaian. Watsons says officers were called to a... more »
  • Repairing California dam could cost up to $200 million

    February 14, 2017 9:39 PM

    OROVILLE, Calif. - The head of California's water agency says repairs to the damaged concrete spillway at Oroville Dam will cost between $100 million and $200 million. Department of Water Resources Acting Director Bill Croyle said Tuesday that teams are already working on plans for repairing the dam's main spillway.... more »
  • Arrest made after bacon strips left at California mosque

    February 14, 2017 9:13 PM

    DAVIS, Calif. - Authorities say a 30-year-old woman is being charged with hate crimes after police say she broke windows and left bacon at a Northern California mosque. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest of Lauren Kirk-Coehlo of Davis on Tuesday. She... more »
  • California asks Trump for federal evacuation aid

    February 13, 2017 10:00 PM

    OROVILLE, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the Trump administration for federal assistance in responding to a potential failure of a spillway at the Oroville Dam in Northern California. In a letter to President Donald Trump released Monday, Brown asks for help for the three Northern California counties affected.... more »
  • Disney's Iger announces 2019 opening for Star Wars lands

    February 8, 2017 8:26 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019. The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside... more »
  • Experts: Fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises remain

    February 6, 2017 10:25 PM

    MEXICO CITY - International experts studying Mexico's endangered vaquita porpoise have determined that fewer than 30 remain in the upper Gulf of California, the only place they live. The experts and the Mexican government have drawn up plans to catch the few remaining vaquitas and enclose them in pens for... more »
  • Student Trump backer beaten on Berkeley campus after protest

    February 2, 2017 4:31 PM

    BERKELEY, Calif. - A 21-year-old student who supports President Donald Trump was beaten up on the University of California, Berkeley campus a day after violent protests led authorities to cancel a controversial speech. Jack Palkovic says he was wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap and on his way to... more »
  • Proposal would establish California as separate nation

    January 26, 2017 9:43 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Another attempt is underway that could establish California as a separate nation. A proposal has been submitted to state election officials that would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the United States. If it qualifies for the... more »
  • Evacuation as California creek breaks banks

    January 10, 2017 11:04 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Officials are say people are being evacuated from businesses and homes in downtown San Anselmo after a rain-swollen creek broke its banks. The Marin County Sheriff's Office says the Corte Madera Creek is flowing 1 foot over flood stage Tuesday evening. The office is urging residents of... more »
  • Officer won't be charged in killing of unstable black man

    January 10, 2017 8:14 PM

    SAN DIEGO - Prosecutors say criminal charges won't be filed against a California police officer who killed a mentally unstable black man he thought was aiming a gun. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Tuesday that her office determined the shooting of 38-year-old Alfred Olango last September was... more »
  • Manson back at Central California prison after hospital stay

    January 7, 2017 7:27 PM

    BAKERSFIELD - Charles Manson is back in a California prison after a hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem. State corrections department spokesman Jeffrey Callison says Saturday that Manson is at Corcoran State Prison in Central California. In an email, Callison adds that the department has never stated Manson ever... more »
  • USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

    January 2, 2017 10:24 PM

    PASADENA, Calif. - Matt Boermeester kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and No. 9 Southern California rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a spectacular 52-49 victory over No. 5 Penn State on Monday night in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played. Freshman Sam Darnold... more »
  • Husband, wife arrested in second wife disappearance

    December 13, 2016 10:44 PM

    VISALIA, Calif. - Authorities say that a Central California man who was married to two women at the same time has been arrested on suspicion of murdering one of them, and his other wife also has been arrested in the case. The Sacramento Bee reports the Tulare County Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Concrete pumped into sinkhole on eroded California cliff

    December 12, 2016 8:27 PM

    PACIFICA, Calif. - Workers pumped sand and concrete into a sinkhole that opened up over the weekend on the coast south of San Francisco, plugging most of it ahead of a storm expected this week. Monday's work came after the sinkhole emerged Saturday on a cliff in Pacifica. It closed... more »
  • Tour bus crash in California kills 13, hurts 31

    October 23, 2016 3:04 PM

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - Authorities say 13 people died when a tour bus rear-ended a semi-truck on a California highway. California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele says the early Sunday crash just north of Palm Springs injured an additional 31 people. He says the USA Holiday tour... more »
  • College football player arrested after punching referee

    September 11, 2016 4:02 PM

    VENTURA COUNTY - A California junior college football player has been arrested after he appeared to punch a referee during a game Saturday night. The Ventura County Star reports that Mount San Antonio freshman offensive linesman Bernard Schirmer was immediately ejected from the game and later arrested on suspicion of... more »
  • Troopers arrest wanted sex offender, locate 4 missing children

    August 29, 2016 4:09 PM

    ACADIA PARISH - State Police reported they located four missing children and arrested a wanted sex offender from California Sunday morning. At around 3 a.m. on Sunday, the Marshals Service reported to Troopers that the sex offender, 37-year-old Joseph Moreno, was believed to be traveling through the state with... more »
  • Chinese rocket re-enters atmosphere near California

    July 28, 2016 1:20 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn wouldn't say if the rocket ever posed danger to... more »
  • Bregman awaits call to Majors, tries to stay focused on Fresno

    July 21, 2016 12:20 AM

    Fresno, CA - Alex Bregman says he wants his head to be where his feet are - currently they both reside in Fresno, California, but Bregman is hoping for a zip code starting with 770 soon. Bregman has been stellar at his AAA assignment, hitting .371 for the Grizzlies... more »
  • Police: 7 stabbed outside California Capitol

    June 26, 2016 4:27 PM

    SACRAMENTO - Authorities say at least seven people were hospitalized with stab wounds after a clash between members of right-wing groups and "anti-fascists" outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento. California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada says about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party gathered at the capitol... more »
  • Blind dog with oozing sore wins World's Ugliest Dog contest

    June 25, 2016 3:33 PM

    PETALUMA - A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest. SweePee Rambo took home the title at annual Petaluma's World's Ugliest Dog contest Friday night after topping 15 other malformed pooches. Judges in... more »
  • Hundreds rally after pastor praises shooting

    June 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    ORLANDO - Hundreds of protesters are chanting "love conquers hate" outside a Northern California church where last week a pastor said during his sermon he was upset more people weren't killed in the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead. The Sacramento Bee reports more than 500... more »
  • $50,000 reward in California serial killer cold case

    June 15, 2016 12:02 PM

    SACRAMENTO - Authorities announced a $50,000 reward Wednesday as they renewed their search for an elusive serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s. The case has grown cold for the killer known by at least... more »
  • Two dead in California campus shooting Wednesday

    June 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Chief says the UCLA shooting was a murder-suicide and the campus is now safe. A LAPD statement says the two people who are dead were both male, but provides no other identification. Police reported an hour after the shooting that two... more »
  • GOP race shifts California's political fault lines

    April 30, 2016 9:21 PM

    BURLINGAME, Calif. - The prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in California has scrambled political fault lines among Republicans in the Golden State and made the June 7 primary difficult to predict. The state's GOP presidential primaries are typically low-profile affairs, occurring after the party nomination has been clinched.... more »
  • Body found in Apple conference room

    April 27, 2016 4:24 PM

    CUPERTINO, Calif. - Authorities responded to Apple's main campus in California for a report of a body in a conference room. KTVU reported that Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The gender, name, and age of the dead person... more »
  • Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

    April 24, 2016 2:59 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - A solar-powered airplane on a journey around the world has landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, south of San Francisco, at 11:45 p.m. Saturday following a 62-hour,... more »
  • Solar plane's Pacific crossing going smoothly

    April 23, 2016 3:34 PM

    A solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey has traveled 80 percent of the way from Hawaii to California. The project's website says the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is 48 hours into a three-day flight over the Pacific. The aircraft's destination on this leg of the journey is Mountain View, California,... more »
  • Solar-powered plane heading toward California

    April 22, 2016 12:21 PM

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii - A solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey is about a third of the way from Hawaii to California. The project's website says the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is nearly 23 hours into a three-day flight over the Pacific with solo pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls. A... more »
  • Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

    April 22, 2016 12:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Uber says it has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees. The settlement announced by the ride-hailing company Thursday night is a major step toward keeping its current thriving business model that... more »
  • Solar-powered plane leaves Hawaii for California

    April 21, 2016 12:22 PM

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii - After some uncertainty about the weather, the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 airplane has taken off from Hawaii as it continues its journey around the world. The aircraft is heading to California as part of its circumnavigation of the globe using only energy from the sun. Its departure... more »
  • Clinton on path to clinch before California

    April 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With her New York win, Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates puts her on track to clinch the Democratic nomination outright before the national convention - even before results from the California primary, which Bernie Sanders was counting on winning to stand a chance. Clinton added 33 new endorsements... more »
  • Country legend Merle Haggard dies at 79 of pneumonia

    April 6, 2016 1:58 PM

    NASHVILLE - Country giant Merle Haggard, who celebrated outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday. Haggard's manager, Frank Mull, said the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, of... more »
  • Parrot species in US cities may rival that in native Mexico

    April 2, 2016 5:45 PM

    SAN DIEGO - U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red crowned parrot - a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country. The research comes... more »
  • California lawmakers OK highest minimum wage

    March 31, 2016 6:28 PM

    SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers have approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022. The legislation passed Thursday now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law after previously working out the plan with labor unions. Democrats who... more »
  • Check out Airbnb's most popular rental of all time

    March 8, 2016 11:51 AM

    REDWOODS, Calif. - While most local rental properties on Airbnb are fairly pedestrian , the most popular rental on the service is an extraordinary looking geodesic dome loft in the Redwoods of California. The dome/loft/cabin hybrid, nicknamed the “mushroom dome,” rents for $110 with amenities including a futon, double... more »
  • KKK leader: Police rejected request for security

    February 29, 2016 6:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A Ku Klux Klan leader who was injured when his small group of demonstrators brawled with counter-protesters in a Southern California park this weekend says he called police beforehand asking for security and was told, "We don't do that." In an interview Monday with The Associated Press,... more »
  • Porn workers urge California not to require condom use

    February 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Scores of porn actors, writers, directors and producers are imploring state officials not to make them use condoms in films, saying it will criminalize and perhaps even destroy their multibillion-dollar industry. They delivered their message before a state Division of Occupational Safety and Health hearing Thursday in... more »
  • Apple resisting magistrate order to share iPhone information

    February 17, 2016 6:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will resist a federal magistrate's order to hack its own users in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino, California shootings. In a statement posted early Wednesday on the company's website, Cook argued that such a move would undermine encryption... more »
  • Two killed in 16 car California crash

    February 14, 2016 12:36 PM

    MERCED, Calif. - Authorities say two men died over the weekend in a car crash that set off a series of collisions involving 16 cars in a foggy Central California highway. California Highway Patrol Officer Moises Onsurez says two passengers were killed and the driver had major injuries after their... more »
  • Woman's body found in car that had been parked at Walmart for months

    February 11, 2016 3:30 PM

    MARINA, Calif. - A California woman’s body was in a busy parking lot for more than three months before someone noticed something was amiss and reported the vehicle to investigators. 22-year-old Lauren Moss, of Marina, California, was found dead inside of her parked Volkswagen Jetta just last week. The... more »
  • Careening car ends up on roof of Southern California house

    February 4, 2016 4:51 PM

    PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. - It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride. Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Mark Velez says a driver with a medical... more »
  • Deadline closing in to cash unclaimed $63M lottery prize

    February 4, 2016 4:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES- Only hours remain before a $63 million California Lottery prize slips through somebody's fingers. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket must be delivered to a lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday or the money will be forfeited to the state's schools. The ticket was sold on Aug. 8 at... more »
  • Prosecutor talks about heir's proposed sentence

    February 3, 2016 5:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal prosecutor says the proposed sentence for New York real estate heir Robert Durst was worked out in "very intense negotiations." Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon calls the plea agreement "a good result." Durst pleaded guilty Wednesday to a weapons charge and agreed to seven years and... more »
  • California wrestles with making self-driving cars public

    January 28, 2016 11:07 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology. California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wrestling with how to keep the public safe as an imperfect technology matures - but not regulate so heavily... more »
  • 3 tracks planned to test 'hyperloop' transportation idea

    January 26, 2016 6:02 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The race to build the world's first "hyperloop" is on. Three Southern California companies want to erect tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept works in the real world. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk breathed life into the hyperloop idea in 2013, when he proposed a... more »
  • California inmates escape, likely armed

    January 24, 2016 1:14 PM

    ORANGE COUNTY, Ca. - Officials say the three inmates who escaped from a Southern California maximum-security jail should be considered armed and dangerous. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said at a Sunday news conference that members of the public should not approach the men if they are spotted. Local and... more »
  • Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison

    January 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California prison officials say former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his prison cell, and they suspect suicide. Officials say guards at Kern Valley State Prison found the 40-year-old Phillips unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight Wednesday. He was pronounced dead... more »
  • Rose Parade kicks off under sunny Pasadena skies

    January 1, 2016 11:52 AM

    PASADENA, Calif. - Flower-decked floats, marching bands and equestrian units are moving through Pasadena, California, as the 127th Rose Parade kicks off under cloudless blue skies. Enthusiastic fans determined not to let security fears or frigid weather get in the way of enjoying the New Year's Day ritual camped... more »
  • New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

    December 30, 2015 12:29 PM

    TRENTON- Laws taking effect in the new year illustrate how states are diverging on some hot-button issues. Texas will allow licensed owners to carry handguns openly in public places, while California will allow people to ask a judge to have weapons taken away from relatives who are believed to pose... more »
  • Police in California say naked burglar took purse

    December 26, 2015 6:12 PM

    AUBURN - Police in California are trying to determine why a man was naked in frigid temperatures when he entered a home and stole a purse. Auburn police say the homeowner's boyfriend then chased 28-year-old Adam Pettibone on Friday night before Pettibone got into an SUV and drove off. Sgt.... more »
  • Robert Downey Jr. pardoned for drug conviction

    December 24, 2015 1:55 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons. Downey was convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles... more »
  • Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

    December 19, 2015 8:00 PM

    UNDATED - Religious congregations across the United States are concentrating on safety like never before following a season of violence, from the slaughter unleashed in June by a white shooter at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to the killings this month in San Bernardino, California. The Council... more »
  • Family ties can help shield terrorists from detection

    December 19, 2015 7:46 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The San Bernardino terror attack represented a type of extremist plot authorities consider exceedingly difficult to detect: a conspiracy between close family members. The husband and wife who killed 14 people appear to have dropped precious few clues to what they were planning. Security experts say a... more »
  • 'Operation Goldy Locks' leads to 11 indictments in heroin trafficking scheme

    December 16, 2015 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 11 men, including individuals from Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with a drug-trafficking conspiracy involving the shipment of heroin and other controlled substances from California to the Baton Rouge area. The indictment, resulting from an investigation dubbed... more »
  • Coroner names man seen shot by Los Angeles deputies on video

    December 13, 2015 2:48 PM

    LYNWOOD - The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the man shot by sheriff's deputies as Nicholas Robertson, 28, of Lynwood. Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies killed Robertson in a shooting captured on video that appears to show a man being hit with gunfire as he walked away... more »
  • Wife's role in California attack raises fear of jihad brides

    December 12, 2015 2:56 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A Pakistani woman's role as shooter in the San Bernardino massacre is raising fears that foreign-born brides could marry Americans as part of extremist missions. Experts in jihad, immigration lawyers and former U.S. diplomats say there's no sign other foreign brides have sought Western marriages to launch... more »
  • FBI says Calif. shooters radicalized before they met

    December 9, 2015 2:05 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - FBI Director James Comey says the two San Bernardino, California, shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were radicalized... more »
  • Obama to give address after California shootings

    December 5, 2015 7:23 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - The White House says President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday about the steps the government is taking to keep people safe after the attack this past week in California. Obama will provide an update on... more »
  • Obama calls California shootings 'act of terror'

    December 5, 2015 3:18 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - President Barack Obama says this week's deadly California shootings were "an act of terror" carried out by attackers who were possibly radicalized to commit it. The president's comments came during his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, a day after the FBI said it was investigating Wednesday's... more »
  • FBI investigating killings as 'act of terrorism'

    December 4, 2015 2:52 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - The FBI says it is investigating the deadly mass shooting in California as an "act of terrorism." David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, made the declaration at a news conference Friday in California. He also said the shooters attempted to destroy evidence, including... more »

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