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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zoom...

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close-up.
The pleasure of Debbie Reynolds' co...

The pleasure of Debbie Reynolds' company

During her near-seven decade film career, Debbie Reynolds not only got to sing and dance opposite Gene Kelly in the beloved 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain" but also partnered with Fred Astaire in the 1961 romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company."
Wang, Lang, Ma and Bell rule Philha...

Wang, Lang, Ma and Bell rule Philharmonic Society's 15-16 season

What would an Orange County classical music season be without a superstar or two from China?
Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilia...

Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilian injury-leave pay about 25%

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking roughly a 25% cut in the pay that city civilian workers receive while on injury leave, an unusually generous benefit that critics say has contributed to increasing taxpayer costs.
Qatar's ties to militants complicat...

Qatar's ties to militants complicate relations with U.S., neighbors

Even in a part of the world where tangled alliances are as common as sweet tea, one would be hard-pressed to find a country where the same few sweltering square miles house the sprawling operations hub for a huge U.S.-led air war and provide plush sanctuary to the likes of the Taliban and...
Workshop will help you stay warm an...

Workshop will help you stay warm and safe while winter camping

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Crazy Southern California winds lea...

Crazy Southern California winds leave 25,000 homes, businesses without power

Wind gusts toppled trees and power lines, knocked out power to tens of thousands of Southland homes and businesses Saturday as the National Weather Service cautioned residents to be prepared for continued high winds through Sunday, officials said.
California considering plan to repl...

California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven

As cars get better gas mileage and more people drive electric vehicles, gas tax revenues in California are falling. The state is now studying a plan for a 'road usage charge' but there are major concerns.
Uber, Lyft drivers won't need new l...

Uber, Lyft drivers won't need new license plates after all, DMV says in about-face

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has hit the emergency brake on a new requirement that sought to force drivers at ride-sharing companies to get commercial license plates.
California judges barred from Boy S...

California judges barred from Boy Scouts over discrimination against gays

California judges will no longer be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts after the state Supreme Court voted last week to eliminate an exception to a rule that bars jurists from being a part of discriminatory organizations.
North Bay man held over for trial o...

North Bay man held over for trial on alleged LSD-induced stabbing murder

A Santa Rosa man was held over for trial this afternoon for the alleged LSD-induced stabbing murder of a woman on Halloween night in 2012.
California Treasurer John Chiang ni...

California Treasurer John Chiang nixes US Senate run

California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

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UCLA study offers hope on emergency...

UCLA study offers hope on emergency room crowding

A new study by the University of California, Los Angeles finds emergency room visits among the state's newly insured poor are high, but decline quickly after a year.
College to pay writer $26,000 for r...

College to pay writer $26,000 for rescinded invite

A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.
Transient arrested in attack on Cal...

Transient arrested in attack on California girl

A 50-year-old transient has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from the front yard of her Central California home and then sexually assaulting her.
California man pleads guilty in has...

California man pleads guilty in hash-oil explosion

A California man who was using butane to make hash oil from marijuana, causing an explosion that badly burned himself and a Hamilton teenager, has pleaded guilty to felony drug charges.
Kidnap gang's co-leader gets 9 life...

Kidnap gang's co-leader gets 9 life terms

The co-leader of a violent Mexican drug gang convicted of several murders was sentenced in San Diego County to nine life terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2009, file photo, Juan Francisco Estrada-Gonzalez is brought into the courtroom by San Diego Sheriff's deputies during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court in San Diego. Estrada-Gonzalez and 16 other alleged members of a group of Mexican drug traffickers were indicted in the murders of nine people in the San Diego area. Estrada-Gonzalez was sentenced in San Diego County to nine life terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, ending the longest criminal trial in county history, lasting 15 months including jury selection.
Milestone reached in Hetch Hetchy w...

Milestone reached in Hetch Hetchy water upgrade

San Francisco has taken a big step toward securing its water supply with the completion of a $288 million tunnel below San Francisco Bay.

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Fight over taxes looms between Demo...

Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.
Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Ru...

Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

It's another clear sign that the White House is on Marco Rubio's mind.
Navy wants to increase use of sonar...

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales.
Santa Ana winds knock out power to ...

Santa Ana winds knock out power to thousands in California

Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
Santa Ana winds help fuel Ontario m...

Santa Ana winds help fuel Ontario mulch fire

Santa Ana winds helped fuel a fire at a green waste recycling facility in Ontario.
CA Lottery

CA Lottery

These California lotteries were drawn Saturday:

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Lindsey Vonn wins WC super-G

Lindsey Vonn wins WC super-G

Lindsey Vonn mastered a tricky super-G race on Sunday for a record-extending 64th World Cup victory.
Officials to watch for Lynch gestur...

Officials to watch for Lynch gesture

The NFL's head of officiating told ESPN that the Seahawks have been warned that if running back Marshawn Lynch makes an obscene gesture after scoring a touchdown or any other time during the Super Bowl, the team will be penalized 15 yards.
My Bro Modi: Obama's Unlikely Frien...

My Bro Modi: Obama's Unlikely Friendship With a Right-Wing Hindu

If there's an Indian equivalent of President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narenda Modi just might be it.
For GOP at Campaign Kickoff, Sidesh...

For GOP at Campaign Kickoff, Sideshows Precede Big Show

Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit quickly and frequently got sidetracked.
Republicans at Summit Blast Obama, ...

Republicans at Summit Blast Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

Six of the sharpest jabs from the Iowa Freedom Summit.
LaMarcus Aldridge puts off surgery,...

LaMarcus Aldridge puts off surgery, nets 26 in Trail Blazers' win

LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after he said he was going to have thumb surgery and recorded 26 points and nine rebounds in Portland's 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

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California Supreme Court: Judges ca...

California Supreme Court: Judges can't belong to Boy Scouts because of its anti-gay stance

SAN FRANCISCO ? California?s Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by...
$300,000 in Napa Valley stolen wine...

$300,000 in Napa Valley stolen wine is found in ... North Carolina?

SAN FRANCISCO ? More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. The wine was stolen on Christmas night from Chef Thomas Keller's the French...
UC backs off punishing coaches for ...

UC backs off punishing coaches for players' poor academic performance

A new University of California system policy was set to become one of the first nationwide to tie coaches? compensation to academic performance, but discussion on the reform was tabled by the UC Board of Regents on Thursday in San Francisco. The...
An end to 'curtains of death'? Stat...

An end to 'curtains of death'? State may ban drift gillnets, risking fishermen's livelihoods

State lawmakers want to end a fishing practice that hauls in millions of dollars a year and puts swordfish on restaurant plates ? and might be an all-too-efficient killer of dolphin and whales.The culprit is the drift gillnet.A handful of fishermen...
Updated: Armed suspect kills sherif...

Updated: Armed suspect kills sheriff's canine

Riverside County sheriff's officials mourned the loss of a police dog, Sultan, they say was mortally wounded Wednesday while trying to apprehend a wanted felon near Hemet, where a SWAT standoff stretched into the night.The man apparently was holed up...
Mother: Dying with dignity bill car...

Mother: Dying with dignity bill carries Brittany Maynard's legacy

SACRAMENTO ? The mother of a young woman whose battle with brain cancer drew widespread attention to her desire to legally end her life with prescribed drugs in California appeared Wednesday in the state Capitol to push for aid-in-dying...
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