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AP Exclusive: Misconduct inquiries cost California $1.8M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature racked up more than $1.8 million in legal costs from sexual harassment investigations during 2018 and the first month of this year when at least nine current or former lawmakers faced allegations of misconduct, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The Senate spent $1.26 million and … Continue reading AP Exclusive: Misconduct inquiries cost California $1.8M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn’t participate in the Trump administration’s “political theater” over border security. The Democratic governor is likely to ratchet up his rhetoric against President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s address, a month into … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California governor to draw down guard troops at border

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal government to focus specifically … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California governor to draw down guard troops at border

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Activist urges California leaders to halt PG&E bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —January 22, 2019—Consumer activist Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the 1990s, urged California lawmakers Tuesday not to let the utility go bankrupt because it could mean less money for wildfire victims. “I’m mad, I think we should all be mad,” Brockovich said as she stood outside … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Activist urges California leaders to halt PG&E bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Trump blames California wildfires on forest mismanagement

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Jan 09, 2019—President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California’s deadly wildfires and said he’s ordered the … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Trump blames California wildfires on forest mismanagement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — January 07, 2019—California Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in Monday and immediately drew sharp battle lines with President Donald Trump, pledging to enact “progressive, principled” policies as the antidote to the White House’s “corruption and incompetence.” “People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in Monday and immediately drew sharp battle lines with President Donald Trump, pledging to enact “progressive, principled” policies as the antidote to the White House’s “corruption and incompetence.” “People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom to rebuke White House in inaugural

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom will draw immediate battle lines Monday with President Donald Trump in his inaugural address, portraying California’s “progressive, principled” policies as the antidote to the White House’s “corruption and incompetence.” “People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Newsom to rebuke White House in inaugural

HOUSTON | Prosecutors say shooting death of 7-year-old girl in Houston stemmed from a case of mistaken identity

HOUSTON —Jan 06, 2019—Prosecutors say shooting death of 7-year-old girl in Houston stemmed from a case of mistaken identity. By Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Jerry Brown wraps a 5-decade history in California politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California Gov. Jerry Brown will leave office Jan. 7 after a record 16 years leading the nation’s most populous state. The son of former Gov. Pat Brown first became governor at 36 and will leave at age 80. He’s gone from an idealist who resisted the traditional trappings of money and power to … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Jerry Brown wraps a 5-decade history in California politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and killed at least 86 people, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif | California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The arrest came after officials at Dailey Elementary Charter School discovered an injury on a child who came into an office Monday afternoon, Dyer said. He did not describe the injury or Arambula’s … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

PARADISE, Calif | Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

PARADISE, Calif. — Rains are helping douse a massive and deadly Northern California wildfire. The blaze that destroyed Paradise, California, and nearby towns was 95 percent contained as of Friday night. The heavy rain and strong wind are also complicating the search process for the remains of people trapped by the fire. At least 84 … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

PARADISE, Calif. | Rain hinders search but helps nearly put out California fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Volunteers in hard hats, respirators and yellow rain pants had been poking through ash and debris looking for human remains in the wake of a Northern California wildfire, but a downpour Friday turned the ash into a thick paste, making it more difficult to find telltale fragments of bone and forcing them … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Rain hinders search but helps nearly put out California fire

CHICO, Calif. | Fire evacuees do their best on a sad Thanksgiving

CHICO, Calif.— Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving. But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her children over plates of turkey, cranberry sauce and … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Fire evacuees do their best on a sad Thanksgiving

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. The system can analyze DNA from bone fragments or other remains, then match it to genetic material provided … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA

CHICO, Calif | Fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

CHICO, Calif. — Fire refugee Anna Goodnight sat on an overturned shopping cart Thursday in a Walmart parking lot as she ate scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser. The couple was trying to put a good face on a weeklong ordeal that left them uncertain of the fate of their … Continue reading CHICO, Calif | Fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

MAGALIA, Calif. | Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

MAGALIA, Calif.  — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through. The nearly 220-square-mile (570-square-kilometer) blaze in Northern California was 40 … Continue reading MAGALIA, Calif. | Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

PARADISE, Calif. | Guard troops search for more dead in aftermath of wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. — With scores of people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Gov. Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Guard troops search for more dead in aftermath of wildfire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | A year apart, some country music fans face 2 mass shootings

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.  — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. Kelly, 22, said he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the bullets began flying. When the gunfire was … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | A year apart, some country music fans face 2 mass shootings

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | California bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his mom

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists months ago after a neighbor reported a disturbance. Ian David Long, 28, apparently killed himself after the Wednesday attack. He had joined … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | California bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his mom

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | California bar shooter was Marine, had mental health review

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.  — The gunman who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California is a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists this year after a neighbor reported a disturbance. Ian David Long served in the Marines for nearly five years, including a seven-month … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | California bar shooter was Marine, had mental health review

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Feinstein’s opponent in California failed to raise big money

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Kevin de Leon got a burst of national attention last summer when the California Democratic Party endorsed him for U.S. Senate over incumbent Dianne Feinstein. It seemed it could be the spark the former state Senate leader needed to make headway against a Goliath of California politics. But de Leon never parlayed the … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Feinstein’s opponent in California failed to raise big money

SALINAS, Calif. | People priced out of Salinas, California, look to the ballot

SALINAS, Calif. — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn’t take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom for … Continue reading SALINAS, Calif. | People priced out of Salinas, California, look to the ballot

SALINAS, Calif. | Costly Salinas looks to California ballot for housing relief

SALINAS, Calif. — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn’t take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom for … Continue reading SALINAS, Calif. | Costly Salinas looks to California ballot for housing relief

SALINAS, Calif. | California housing measures offer hope for high-cost Salinas

SALINAS, Calif.— Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn’t take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom for $800 … Continue reading SALINAS, Calif. | California housing measures offer hope for high-cost Salinas

SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein, opponent spar on how Democrats can best resist

SAN FRANCISCO — California Sen. Kevin de Leon tied U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Washington dysfunction during a Wednesday event and pledged to “fight like hell” for immigrants and other Californians if elected to replace her, while Feinstein crafted herself as a problem solver and argued resistance is futile with Republicans dominating Washington. “It’s like … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein, opponent spar on how Democrats can best resist

SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein takes heat over Trump, immigration in only debate

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein talked up the knowledge and accomplishments that come from her long career in Washington during a debate Wednesday as her rival in the November election, fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon, suggested she’s to blame for dysfunction in Congress and the lack of action on immigration and climate change. … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein takes heat over Trump, immigration in only debate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Feinstein’s re-election opponent criticizes her over letter

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. But they’re united in their condemnation this week of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein is playing a central role in the … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Feinstein’s re-election opponent criticizes her over letter