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Boy, 6, among 3 killed in US festival shooting, suspected gunman dead

Gilroy - Three people were killed in a shooting at a major food festival in California on Sunday before police gunned down the suspected attacker, officers said.

Multiple victims as shooter opens fire at US food festival: police

Los Angeles - At least one person was killed and several others wounded in a shooting Sunday at a major food festival in the US state of California, reports said.

Automakers defy Trump and strike emissions deal with California

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, setting a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal.

Adam Lambert and Queen sell out two shows at The Forum

Inglewood - International music star Adam Lambert and rock band Queen sold-out two shows at The Forum in California, as part of "The Rhapsody" Tour.

Waymo to join California's autonomous vehicle passenger program

Google parent company Alphabet's driverless vehicle startup Waymo has been given a permit by the California Public Utilities Commission to participate in the state's autonomous vehicle passenger service program.

Olivia Newton-John bestowed Companion of the Order of Australia

Los Angeles - Veteran music and entertainment icon Olivia Newton-John has a major reason to celebrate. She finally received her Companion of the Order of Australia award.

PG&E cuts power to thousands of Californians amid wildfire threat

Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather turned very windy, dry and hot.

California's housing crisis forcing a reverse migration

Idaho may be the new frontier for Californians. In a recent Bloomberg story, reporters Prashant Gopal and Noah Buhayer describe an "echo boom" in which Californians are invading landlocked cities out west, like Boise, Phoenix, and Reno, Nevada.

Social equity the slumbering elephant behind legalizing marijuana

Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization.

Data mining reveals clues behind California earthquakes

By applying advanced data mining techniques, researchers have been able to assess earthquake data and this analysis has revealed hidden clues about major California earthquake triggers. The new information may assist with prevention.

California sets regulations for testing light driverless trucks

Sacramento - California would allow testing of light-duty autonomous trucks on public roads under a rule announced last Friday. The California Department of Motor Vehicles outlines a permitting process for any companies wanting to test or deploy driverless trucks.

California chef feeds homeless kids

Los Angeles - For thousands of poor or homeless children in California, you could say that Chef Bruno Serato is a real super-hero, vanquishing hunger by the plateful -- three million meals in 14 years, to be exact.

25 Local governments sue California over pot home delivery rule

Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills and 24 other localities in California sued state regulators Friday to overturn a rule allowing home deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales.

California declared drought free for first time in seven years

California has emerged from a state-wide drought and has been declared 'drought free' for the fist time in seven years. This follows an abundance of rain and snow throughout the winter months.

Children not spared by California's homelessness crisis

Los Angeles - Jose Razo, the principal of Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles county, wants his students to spend their time worrying about homework, their grades or playdates.

California governor to impose moratorium on executions

Los Angeles - Governor Gavin Newsom will Wednesday impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in California, granting temporary reprieve to the 737 inmates on death row -- the largest such group in the United States.

California governor to withdraw National Guard from border

Los Angeles - In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the governor of California on Monday was set to sign an order to pull most of the National Guard troops deployed on the Mexico border.

Erin Brockovich steps in to support California wildfire victims

Environmental and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich has taken up the cause of California wildfire victims and is seeking compensation, once again, from Pacific Gas & Electric.

PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection at end of January

California’s largest power company intends to file for bankruptcy as it faces tens of billions of dollars in potential liability following massive wildfires that devastated parts of the state over the last two years.

Op-Ed: Trump threatens to cut FEMA wildfire funds to California

President Donald Trump, unable to get his way on a wall on the Southern border, revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

California's new laws reflect state's liberal activism

Sacramento - California Governor Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, most of them going into effect on January 1. Many of the laws play on the state's liberal activism and response to social movements.

With climate change going unchecked, insurance costs will rise

Although there are some folks who remain skeptical of Climate Change, the folks who make a living providing us with insurance are not. Insurance companies are already being impacted by the significant amount of destruction a warming world is causing.

California wildfires — Can we learn a lesson from the past?

Drought and abnormally dry conditions now cover 100 percent of California, up from 26 percent one year ago - making the state a literal tinderbox. The Camp Fire in Butte County is now ranked as one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history.

Public Safety Power Shutoff not warranted said PG&E during fire

On November 8, two hours before the deadly Camp Fire erupted in Butte County, California, The National Weather Service issued a "Red Flag Warning" for the region.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Small team leads harrowing search for California fire victims

Chico - A small team searching for victims of one of California's deadliest fires happen upon a man lying face down between two ash-covered pickup trucks. His body and clothes seem intact, aside from hideous burns around his calves."You never get used to it.

Tales of courage, survival emerge from California wildfires

Paradise - As firefighters battled the devastating California wildlfires for a seventh day on Wednesday incredible tales were emerging of courage and survival.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.

Trump tweets on Calif. wildfires? 'I may yank federal payments'

President Donald Trump early on Saturday said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.
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Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each...
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each day, where items are discounted from 50 to 70 percent.
San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray  upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhoo...
San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray, upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhood are based.
Courtesy of author Joseph Sutton
Kezar Pavilion has been home to the Dragon House MMA events for over a decade. Zhong Luo  the Dragon...
Kezar Pavilion has been home to the Dragon House MMA events for over a decade. Zhong Luo, the Dragon House founder believes that in martial arts important principles and strengths are taught.
Former lighthouse  now the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Former lighthouse, now the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land  now has a ...
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land, now has a fence around it to protect it. Native tribes used to gather acorns here centuries ago.
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5 ...
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5, 2013 were treated to a machine-made flurry of snow.
courtesy of SF Rec. and Parks Dept.
Aaron Eckhart was the guest of the  Spotlight  event on Saturday night Oct. 15 as part of the 11-day...
Aaron Eckhart was the guest of the "Spotlight" event on Saturday night Oct. 15 as part of the 11-day Mill Valley Film Festival - its 39th Annual festival held since 1977.
San Jose City Council member Rose Herrera speaking before the council making note of the commendatio...
San Jose City Council member Rose Herrera speaking before the council making note of the commendation honoring Palmer Chiropractic College on Feb. 25, 2014.
Courtesy of Palmer College of Chiropractic media dept.
Ocean Avenue in San Francisco stretches from Sunset Blvd near Lake Merced on the west side of the Ci...
Ocean Avenue in San Francisco stretches from Sunset Blvd near Lake Merced on the west side of the City to Mission Street to the Excelsior District going southwards.
Courtesy of Ocean Avenue Association web site
Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasi...
Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasions and festivities with regards to its sacred use as a chapel for religious purposes.
In addition to his growing number of fans  singer/performer Jason Brock has his supporting cast and ...
In addition to his growing number of fans, singer/performer Jason Brock has his supporting cast and crew in the talents and dedication of pianist, Dee Spencer who appears with him at Martuni's.
Courtesy of Jason Brock
 Go Topless Day
"Go Topless Day"
Steve Lyon
CALIFORNIA: A giant figure resembling Santa Claus is depicted smoking medical marijuana above a popu...
CALIFORNIA: A giant figure resembling Santa Claus is depicted smoking medical marijuana above a popular San Francisco cafe in 2009.
Strange de Jim/San Francisco
Sarah Stocking s extensive collection of antique posters fit perfectly into the show s theme of  art...
Sarah Stocking's extensive collection of antique posters fit perfectly into the show's theme of "art deco." "I have many from that period of time, they are works of art, unto themselves," she said.
Fantasy of Lights Festival queen and the rest of the crew all there to bring holiday cheer to shop p...
Fantasy of Lights Festival queen and the rest of the crew all there to bring holiday cheer to shop patrons and visitors to Union Street for the annual festivities held each December.
Courtesy of Steven Restivo event services
R&B: Headliner Chris Brown performs at a Supafest 3 concert in Sydney  Australia  in 2012.
R&B: Headliner Chris Brown performs at a Supafest 3 concert in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.
Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons
COLORFUL: Visitors to San Francisco s Chinatown neighborhood use colorful umbrellas to shield themse...
COLORFUL: Visitors to San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood use colorful umbrellas to shield themselves from rainfall during a 2011 storm.
Ed Schipul/Wikimnedia Commons
Tommy Saunders in an ad from the 1960s promoting KYA AM radio San Francisco.
Tommy Saunders in an ad from the 1960s promoting KYA AM radio San Francisco.
Courtesy of Tommy Saunders
Penny the parrot  posing
Penny the parrot, posing
Seen here from his glory days is Col. Michael Madison meeting then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton...
Seen here from his glory days is Col. Michael Madison meeting then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Courtesy of Col. Michael "Mad Dog" Madison

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