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  • Woman held in fatal shooting of 96-year-old mother

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 71-year-old Orange County woman has been arrested in the shooting death of her 96-year-old mother. A Sheriff's Department statement said Friday that deputies responding to reports of gunshots found Gretchen DeStefano dead inside her home in...

  • Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the...

  • Air drops on California wildfire get going early

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said. The weather has kept skies over the fire in the...

  • High number expected to travel over weekend

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The highest number of Californians since the recession is expected to travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Ventura County Star reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1zQNphE ) that The Automobile Club of Southern California estimates that nearly 4 million travelers are...

  • Man fatally shot by Shasta County deputies

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Officials say two Shasta County sheriff's deputies shot a man to death after responding to reports a suicidal person was inside a residence in Redding. Redding police Lt. Jeff Wallace told the Redding Record Searchlight (http://bit.ly/1C9sZEB ) that the call came in after...

  • Small earthquake strikes near Alturas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has registered a minor earthquake struck near the town of Alturas in Modoc County. The USGS reported that 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 1:47 a.m. Friday and was near the surface. There were no reported injuries or damages. The epicenter was 97...

  • LAPD releases names of officers in deadly shooting

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Thursday released the names of two veteran officers who shot and killed a black man more than two weeks ago. The officers were identified on the LAPD's website as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who were assigned to the Gang Enforcement Detail in the Newton...

  • Teen's death leads to safeguards for some air guns

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Last year's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica weapon prompted state lawmakers to approve a bill Thursday requiring bright markings on certain air guns. Andy Lopez of Santa Rosa was killed in October when a sheriff's deputy mistook the boy's BB gun...

  • Police release Bakersfield vice principal with gun

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Bakersfield police say they arrested a vice principal for taking a gun on to the campus of his junior high school, but later released him after determining he broke no laws. Sgt. Joe Grubbs says 51-year-old Kent Williams was released Thursday afternoon when police...

  • California Supreme Court pick confirmed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to the California Supreme Court was easily confirmed Thursday after a brief hearing. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar to the state's...

  • California high court nominee's life at a glance

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NAME — Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar AGE-BIRTHPLACE — 41; Matamoros, Mexico. EXPERIENCE —Stanford University law professor, 2001-present; law clerk to U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Mary Schroeder, 2000-2001; research assistant at Hoover Institution, 1999;...

  • Woman charged in Los Angeles suburb church arsons

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been charged with setting seven fires — including two at churches — in a Los Angeles suburb. Sixty-three-year-old Barbara Nania was charged Thursday with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism. She's jailed and it wasn't immediately known whether...

  • Northern California wildfire keeps growing

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A lightning-sparked wildfire in Klamath National Forest near the small Northern California logging and gold mining town of Happy Camp kept growing Thursday, pushed by westerly winds that sent embers ahead of the main blaze. The fire has forced the evacuation of people...

  • Los Angeles utility worker shocked by power line

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee is in critical condition after he was shocked by a 4,800-volt power line. The agency says the employee was working on overhead electrical lines in Encino when he touched a wire shortly before 11:30 a.m....

  • San Diego man accused of intentional spread of HIV

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city attorney's office of San Diego has filed a complaint against a man accusing him of intentionally infecting at least one person with HIV. Spokesman Michael Giorgino said the city's attorney's office presented the court a complaint Thursday alleging Thomas Miguel Guerra...



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