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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