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Qualcomm to slash 1,500 jobs in California to cut costs

San Diego - Qalcomm, the big chip maker for smart phones, has already begun to cut jobs in California. The move appears to be part of a much larger workforce reduction plan that is designed to meet a commitment made to investors to cut $1 billion in costs.

California rejects initial National Guard border plan

Washington - California Governor Jerry Brown has rejected the Trump administration's initial proposals for a National Guard mission along the state's border with Mexico, a top US official said Monday.

California to force social media platforms to identify 'bots'

California lawmakers don't think social media companies are doing enough to safeguard consumers, so legislators have proposed a bill that would force platforms to identify automated accounts and deal with them within three days.

California utility will cut power during extreme fire danger

Sacramento - On Thursday, California's Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced it will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire danger as part of its new comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Trump, in California, warns of 'bedlam' without border wall

San Diego - Donald Trump -- making his first trip to California as president -- warned Tuesday there would be "bedlam" without the controversial wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico, as he inspected several prototype barriers.

Clean energy forces three California gas power plants to close

Los Angeles - NRG Energy has confirmed its subsidiary, GenOn, plans to shutter three gas-fired power plants in California, continuing a trend of difficulties for fossil fuel generation in the state.

Arizona and California compete to attract self-driving car tests

Both Arizona and California appear anxious to allow fully autonomous cars to be tested on their public roads as both have issued orders allowing such tests.

New study — Climate change threatens major crops in California

Over the last 10-years, farmers in California have experienced the symptoms of climate change — less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures.

California's cannabis market is going to be bigger than beer

California began the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1. The market is expected to hit $3.7 billion by the end 2018, and that number will increase to over $5 billion in 2019. Legal marijuana will be a tax windfall for the state.

California to allow testing self-driving cars with no driver

Sacramento - The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California USA announced last Monday that it has established new rules that will allow those working on autonomous vehicles to begin trials with no safety driver at the wheel.

Review: Escaping the cold with a first-time trip to Disney in your 30s Special

This writer just demonstrated you don’t have to be under a certain age to go to Disneyland for the first time – and have a blast.

More than 40 percent of California experiencing moderate drought

On Thursday, scientists announced more than 40 percent of California is experiencing a moderate drought, while state water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada.

California off to a dry start for winter rain and snow season

Sacramento - The vast meadow around Phillips, a remote spot near Echo Summit just off Highway 50, was an expanse of brown grass and dirt, with very small patches of snow when Frank Gehrke arrived to do the first official snow survey Wednesday.

Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Desert Hot Springs - It's the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California, and store owner Nicole Salisbury's stock of pot edibles is already running low.

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Los Angeles - Evacuation orders were issued Saturday for areas in California's Santa Barbara County as the state battles its third-largest wildfire since 1932, with winds and dry conditions threatening to help the blaze grow.

California wildfire grows as Santa Ana winds continue to blow

Los Angeles - The so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California has grown to become the third largest fire on record in the state, destroying more than 1,000 buildings, including well over 700 homes, as well as taking the life of a firefighter.

Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.

Firefighters lose control as Thomas fire grows larger

Carpinteria - The Thomas fire in Southern California has now become the fifth-largest wildfire on record in the state. Containment of the massive blaze slipped from 15 to 10 percent as high winds spread the fire from Ventura County into Santa Barbara County.

Fire in southern California threatening another city

Ojai - A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days.

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Ojai - Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

Bonsall - Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires in California on Saturday that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the Los Angeles area, as well as outbreaks closer to San Diego.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

San Diego - Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames Friday in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego.

Wildfires rage across southern California, first death reported

Los Angeles - Firefighters on Thursday battled raging wildfires across southern California that have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including residents on the outskirts of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

Wildfires rage across southern California

Los Angeles - Wildfires fueled by strong and unpredictable winds raged across southern California on Thursday, sweeping into the upscale suburbs of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on Thursday that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200,000 people to flee.

New blaze ignites near LA as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions.

Southern California fires force evacuation of nearly 200,000

Los Angeles - Wind-whipped fires continue to rage for a third day in Southern California, including a new blaze in the posh Bel Air area of Los Angeles and Interstate 405, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

California struck once more by devastating infernos

Santa Paula - More than a thousand firefighters were struggling to contain a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California on Tuesday that has left at least one person dead, sent thousands fleeing, and was choking the area with thick black smoke.

Op-Ed: A unique partnership, shows San Jose leads the way to the future Special

San Jose - Commuters rejoice! Bicycling and air travel have a connection as Ford GoBike and Alaska Airlines launched the ‘Miles for Miles’ member rewards program this past October 26 in San Jose.

California's deadly Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 600 cases

San Diego - Even while firefighters are battling wildfires across the state, California has another ongoing problem - One of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreaks in the country since the development of a vaccine 20 years ago.
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Evangeline Sangalang  is seen here with Dr. Andre. Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen (now a candidate for th...
Evangeline Sangalang, is seen here with Dr. Andre. Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen (now a candidate for the 27th State Assembly District) presented the certificate to Dr. Andre on Aug 13, along with Council Rep. Rose Herrera (who now serves as vice mayor, and initiated the Commendation recommendation). Sangalang was one of several who mentioned Palmer to Congressman Honda.
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Rocky fire burning in Lake County on July 30, 2015.
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SKYWARD: Storm clouds gather over the San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley in February 2012.
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SALAD: Pokémon Go players congregate last week in a city park in Anchorage, Alaska.
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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.
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The memorial poster for Nick and Jennifer Thalasinos (pictured lighting Shabat candles) with a candle of remembrance and the names of the other 13 San Bernardino shooting victims
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MODIS-aqua satellite view of the smoke from the #KingFire across the Sacramento valley and adjacent foothills.
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My friend Virginia's cozy mountain kitchen at Christmas
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Not just any grilled cheese sandwich, French grilled cheese. "The food we serve is what people at home in France would serve to their families," said Geoffroy Raby, owner and chef of Cuisinett French Comfort in San Carlos.
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The annual Easter Parade and Spring time celebration on Union Street in San Francisco's Marina and Cow Hollow Districts gives these ladies an opportunity to wear their most colorful hats of the season.
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Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store also offers home interior and design services as well as many one-of-a-kind type of items.
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Pam Arnold and her sister Kim Courier were outside Lucky supermarket in Sonoma on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014 selling their jewelry designs for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Windsor, CA and the parish's hungry children food outreach program.
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Rev. G points to the sunlight that streams in to the sanctuary of the church. Ingleside Presbyterian is over 100 years old. "At its peak there were over 500 members in the congregation. When Rev. G took on the job as preaching on Sundays while still in the seminary, back in 1978 Ingleside Presbyterian had only four members. Since that time, attendance has been high and low. Today membership is over 75. Yet, Rev. G believes the congregation is in the midst of a renewal. It is all part of his str
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One of the highlights of her life and something she treasures dear, "Children as Peacemakers." Pat Montandon turned her heartbreak into breaking barriers and raising consciousnesses for peace, during the Cold War era.
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The walls and ceilings of Ingleside Presbyterian are covered with an on-going collage or spontaneous...
The walls and ceilings of Ingleside Presbyterian are covered with an on-going collage or spontaneous mosaic, that Rev. G calls "The Great Cloud of Witness."
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Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain, the fifth one was from South Africa.