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  • LA Sheriff's detectives investigate 2 dead

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's homicide detectives say they're investigating the fatal shooting of two men who struggled over control of a handgun before one was shot and the other committed suicide. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to reported gunshots at 1 a.m....

  • Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria — well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict. But airmen have...

  • Pumpkins shaped like Frankenstein's head are a hit

    FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) — Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween. A Southern California farmer who spent four years perfecting the ghoulish gourd says he's harvested 5,500 of the "Pumpkinsteins" and has already sold out. Tony Dighera...

  • More rain dampens huge California wildfire

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More wet weather is expected over the weekend as crews gain even further advantage on a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Saturday. Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms helped firefighters make significant progress while battling the King Fire...

  • Boy tests positive for cocaine following drug bust

    MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old boy who was found sitting near a half-pound bag of cocaine after his parents were arrested on suspicion of dealing drug had cocaine in his system. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said detectives found the cocaine in the back seat with the...

  • Gov. Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures. The legislation by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will allow for negotiations...

  • Brown vetoes bills aimed at promoting transparency

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough. AB194 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, would prohibit local...

  • Brown vetoes $100 million boost for UC, Cal State

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost. Brown said he decided to veto the bill partly because of added expenses the state incurred in...

  • Governor blocks expulsion for 'willful defiance'

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law to prevent California schools from expelling students for willfully defying school authorities. The legislation signed Saturday aims to put an end to a punishment that activists say is unevenly applied and disproportionately...

  • Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border. The legislation appropriates $3 million to qualified nonprofit...

  • Man gets 3-year jail sentence for torturing puppy

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday that 32-year-old Alan Benjamin Velete will spend two...

  • 2 killed, 5 hurt after van collides with bus

    SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say two people have been killed after a head-on collision between a van and a commuter bus. Authorities say a man and a woman were riding in a van when it crossed a center divider and struck a SamTrans bus head-on at a major...

  • Mammoth Lakes earthquakes seen tied to tectonics

    MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — A seismologist says a series of more than 600 earthquakes during a 24-hour period in the Mammoth Lakes region may have been caused by water pressure from area hot springs. The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday (http://lat.ms/1njOzlY) that U.S. Geological Survey...

  • Man sentenced in theft of reality TV star's car

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A parolee convicted of stealing a Bentley belonging to "The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Los Angeles County prosecutors announced 31-year-old Gerjuan Harmon's sentencing on Friday. In 2012, Harmon took Michael's...

  • Museum plan marks Queen Mary's 80th birthday

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — On the Queen Mary's 80th birthday on Friday, officials announced ambitious plans to create a 65,000-square-foot museum and science center aboard the ocean liner in Long Beach Harbor. The ship's general manager, John Jenkins, said the idea to create the learning center...



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