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Landmark Hearst Castle closed as California wildfires bear down

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California said they are making progress slowing the advance of several devastating wildfires, but authorities ordered the temporary closure of a historic villa in the path of one dangerous inferno.

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Last evacuation orders rescinded in damaging Lake County fire

Lower Lake - All evacuation orders for a small Northern California town were lifted Sunday and residents were allowed to return after firefighters contained a 4,000-acre blaze that tore through the south end of Clear Lake.

Massive Blue Cut fire in Southern California destroys 96 homes

San Bernardino - Nearly 100 homes and more than 200 other buildings have been destroyed by the giant Blue Cut fire in Southern California wildfire that is burning 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled to douse a series of wildfires fueled by high winds, scorching temperatures and dry vegetation, which have forced tens of thousands of Californians to flee their homes.

Residents begin to return to fire-ravaged Northern California town

Lower Lake - Some residents of a small Northern California town that was nearly consumed by a wildfire that started Saturday were given the OK Wednesday to return to their properties to see what's left.

California wildfire puts 82,000 at risk

Los Angeles - A fire raging east of Los Angeles spread rapidly Wednesday, posing a threat to more than 82,000 people and prompting the governor of California to declare a state of emergency.

Clearlake man accused of starting latest Northern California fire

Lower Lake - A 40-year-old Northern California man has been accused of starting a destructive wildfire that has burned thousands of acres and destroyed at least 175 homes in a small town on the south tip of Clear Lake.

Man arrested for starting raging wildfire in California

Los Angeles - A man was arrested and charged with arson Monday for starting a massive wildfire in northern California that has destroyed 175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety.

Earthquake shakes up California town but causes no evident damage

Upper Lake - Tuesday night's earthquake in Northern California might be described as a moving experience, at least for employees and patrons at a restaurant and bar on the shore of Clear Lake.

San Francisco nudists pose for videos before parade through city

San Francisco - Nudist activists displayed, well, just about everything Sunday to a throng of cellphone camera-toting onlookers before the start of a "Naked Parade" from the Castro to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods in San Francisco.

California college pitcher shot and killed playing Pokemon Go

San Francisco - A California college freshman visiting San Francisco was shot and killed Saturday, apparently while playing Pokemon Go near the city's popular Ghirardelli Square tourist attraction.

Investigators: Giant Big Sur blaze caused by illegal campfire

Carmel Valley - California fire investigators say an intense wildfire that has already burned more than 50,000 acres near scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal campfire.

Massive fires rage in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters continued to battle huge wildfires in California on Monday, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry.At least one person has died in the blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Study: San Francisco has highest rate of pot smoking in U.S.

Washington - San Francisco, the gleaming city by the bay and financial center of the West, now has another title to add to its allure: marijuana capital.

Jon Pardi: Basking in the glory of his first number one album Special

That album is 'California Sunrise,' given a glowing review by Digital Journal upon its release back in June. We spoke to the 31-year-old Californian about the record and about what he's up to for the rest of 2016.

Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated

Los Angeles - A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate.

Community center south of San Francisco destroyed by fire

Millbrae - Officials in suburban Millbrae, 15 miles south of San Francisco, scrambled to find alternatives Thursday after the city's community center was destroyed by fire.

San Francisco prepares for Pokemon Go invasion

San Francisco - Even San Francisco, the home of the hippie movement in the 1960s and a long list of oddities after that, has never seen anything like this.

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

California ill-prepared for the Big One, experts say

Los Angeles - Beyond the sunshine, the palm trees and Hollywood, if there is one certainty in California, it's that a massive earthquake will strike at some point.

California orders oil refineries to justify high gasoline prices

Sacramento - California has demanded records from oil refiners to explain why gasoline prices in the state are among the highest in the country.

U.S. President Obama backs entrepreneurs at global tech summit

Palo Alto - U.S. President Barack Obama told the best and brightest in the technology industry on Friday that the government would partner with private industry to keep the Internet free and open to innovation.

Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover until 2019

Los Angeles - Even though El Nino was pegged to bring some relief to California after four years of unrelenting drought, it hardly made a dent in the Sierra Nevada's snowpack deficit. One study says it will take another four years to return to pre-drought levels.

Review: Jon Pardi's new album invites us to enjoy the California Sunrise

The 31-year-old Californian deservedly received plaudits for his outstanding debut, 'Write You a Song,' in 2014. Now he's back with 'California Sunrise,' the much-anticipated follow-up. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Op-Ed: New Book about Science of War tells a human body story Special

Oakland - As the patriotism of the 4th of July approaches, people's thoughts usually turn to those soldiers that died fighting for our country.

Hillary Clinton wins California Democratic primary: US networks

Washington - Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in the state of California, US networks reported early Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

San Francisco - As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

Sonoma - The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.
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This is just a glimpse of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show that filled the entire pavilion at Fo...
This is just a glimpse of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show that filled the entire pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Flower displays, and antiques and art from every part of the world were on display. Champagne was served and as Co-chair of the show, Michele Goss said, "most of the people I talked to said they really enjoyed themselves and that the atmosphere was friendly and had a level of sophistication that exceeded their expectations."
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is taking action against payday loan...
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is taking action against payday loan lender CashCall by seeking to suspend its license for predatory and unethical lending practices.
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and ...
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and governorship of California.
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The setting for Nick's funeral with Lev Shelo band at Shiloh Messianic Congregation
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma  on West Spain Street.
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma, on West Spain Street.
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair  Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Y...
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Young who portrays Charles Dickens.
Courtesy of Red Barn Productions and The Dickens Fair
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Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia's Scones. Made fresh daily, from all natural ingredients, owner Cynthia Owings would like to turn the café/kitchen she now works from into a community kitchen, inviting chefs and food artisans an opportunity to make and feature their goods there.
Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the president...
Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the presidential yacht. The USS Potomac provides eight educational excursions a year to students.
Courtesy of USS Potomac Association
Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop  just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past m...
Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop, just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past month.
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CRASH: The tour bus involved in Friday's accident in San Francisco came to rest alongside an under-construction Apple Computer store at Post and Stockton streets, near Union Square.
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: Primula clevelandii (formerly Dodecatheon clevelandii) — Padre's Shooting Star. On the Backbone Trail, at Circle X Ranch Park — in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California.
National Park Service
Christmas lights in Crestline  off Highway 18  in the San Bernardino Mountains
Christmas lights in Crestline, off Highway 18, in the San Bernardino Mountains
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
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This mussel dish is one of the recipes from author Carole Bumpus' companion book "Recipes for Redemption" that chef Raby featured at Cuisinett.
Courtesy of Cuisinett, San Carlos, CA
Darioush Winery s 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like  Decanter  a...
Darioush Winery's 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like "Decanter" and others.
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Brightly painted skulls is one of the many traditional art expressions of The Day of The Dead celebrations in Mexican culture.
David Tafolla, courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
Chinese lanterns along Grant Street  San Francisco  CA.
Chinese lanterns along Grant Street, San Francisco, CA.
Water flows into a California stream following a 6.0 magniturde earthquake
Water flows into a California stream following a 6.0 magniturde earthquake
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The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly  family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly, family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
Children and adults can spin the dreidel to win prizes like gold-wrapped chocolate
Children and adults can spin the dreidel to win prizes like gold-wrapped chocolate