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PARADISE, Calif. | Paradise lost after fire consumes Northern California town

PARADISE, Calif.— No one is left in Paradise. Abandoned, charred vehicles clutter the main thoroughfare, evidence of the panicked evacuation a day earlier as a wildfire tore through the Northern California community. Nine people have been found dead. Entire neighborhoods are leveled. The business district is destroyed. In one day, this Sierra Nevada foothill town … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Paradise lost after fire consumes Northern California town

Police say teenager baked grandfather’s ashes into cookies

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather’s ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday. The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento on Oct. 4, said Davis Police … Continue reading Police say teenager baked grandfather’s ashes into cookies

SAN FRANCISCO | California train agency fined $650,000 for 2 worker deaths

SAN FRANCISCO — Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission also placed the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency on three years of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California train agency fined $650,000 for 2 worker deaths

SANTA ROSA, Calif. | California homeowners: Wildfire cleanup made matters worse

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — One year after wildfires devastated Northern California‘s wine country and destroyed thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess. The state’s top emergency official suspects fraud played a role. In October 2017, state and local officials … Continue reading SANTA ROSA, Calif. | California homeowners: Wildfire cleanup made matters worse

SAN FRANCISCO | San Francisco police sued for racial bias after drug arrests

SAN FRANCISCO — Six black suspects arrested in a San Francisco drug sweep of low-level dealers sued the police department Thursday, claiming a department plagued with racist behavior targeted them because of their race. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on their behalf in federal court in San Francisco. The six were arrested … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | San Francisco police sued for racial bias after drug arrests

SAN FRANCISCO | DOJ’s lawsuit may delay California’s new net neutrality law

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit could delay the rollout of California’s toughest-in-the country net neutrality law, which is set to take effect Jan. 1. Advocates hope California’s new law to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or websites will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | DOJ’s lawsuit may delay California’s new net neutrality law

SAN FRANCISCO | Cracked $2 billion transit hub tarnishes San Francisco’s rep

SAN FRANCISCO  — San Francisco officials struggled Wednesday to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a just-opened, $2 billion transit center meant to serve as a bold architectural statement from a wealthy, high-tech city. The Salesforce Transit Center opened to great fanfare last month as an embodiment of San … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Cracked $2 billion transit hub tarnishes San Francisco’s rep

SAN FRANCISCO | Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ says California to launch climate satellite

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that the state plans to launch its “own damn satellite” into orbit to battle climate change. The man the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko famously dubbed “Gov. Moonbeam” made the announcement at the conclusion of a two-day climate summit he organized in San Francisco. Brown said … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ says California to launch climate satellite