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CHICO, Calif. | Rescues, not firefight prove emotional for firefighters

CHICO, Calif.  — Casey Peck had never prayed so hard. His fire engine was trapped with dozens of cars and panicked people as an inferno roared through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise on Thursday, hot enough to peel the firetruck’s paint and melt its hoses, blowing relief valves designed to withstand 900 degrees … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Rescues, not firefight prove emotional for firefighters

PARADISE, Calif. | Death toll in California fire climbs to 23 as search goes on

PARADISE, Calif. — Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The death toll stood at 23 Sunday and appeared likely to climb. With the town of Paradise, population 27,000, reduced to a smoking … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Death toll in California fire climbs to 23 as search goes on

PARADISE, Calif. | Nothing here’: Returning to rubble in Northern California

PARADISE, Calif. — The air thick with smoke from a ferocious wildfire that was still burning homes Saturday, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods in Northern California found cars incinerated and homes reduced to rubble. People surveyed the damage and struggled to … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Nothing here’: Returning to rubble in Northern California

PARADISE, Calif. | Bodies found in burnt cars as Calif. fire incinerates town

PARADISE, Calif.— Five people were found dead in their burned-out vehicles after a Northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Bodies found in burnt cars as Calif. fire incinerates town

PARADISE, Calif. | N. California wildfire claims 5 lives and quadruples in size

PARADISE, Calif. — Five people were found dead in their burned-out vehicles after a Northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | N. California wildfire claims 5 lives and quadruples in size

SACRAMENTO | APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state’s decision to let stand a judge’s ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in … Continue reading SACRAMENTO | APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | AP Exclusive: Costly plan aims to stem inmate overdoses

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A federal official who controls medical care in California prisons wants as much as a quarter-billion dollars a year to provide medication intended to ease a record increase of fatal drug overdoses among inmates. The plan that Clark Kelso released to The Associated Press on Thursday calls for the state to eventually provide … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | AP Exclusive: Costly plan aims to stem inmate overdoses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | AP FACT CHECK: California governor hopefuls stumble on bail

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Both candidates for California governor on Monday addressed the state’s recently approved law that will make it the first to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial and replace it with a risk-assessment system. Starting in October 2019, most suspects charged with nonviolent felonies will be quickly released, while those charged with serious, … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | AP FACT CHECK: California governor hopefuls stumble on bail