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California governor blocks fed plan to allow oil and gas drilling

Sacramento - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter the Trump administration's plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Santa Ana winds die down in California, lessening fire threat

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers

Los Angeles - California on Friday banned private prisons and immigrant detention centers under a bill signed by the liberal state's governor.

Los Angeles wildfire spreads — 100,000 ordered to evacuate

Whipped by the Santa Ana winds, a wildfire in the San Fernando Valley of California grew to nearly 5,000 acres overnight, damaging dozens of homes and prompting swift evacuations for more than 100,000 people.

'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation blasted as "unacceptable" by the state's governor.

A million Californians without power as fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - More than a million Californians were without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday, but localized fires broke out as hot, windy conditions spread south toward Los Angeles.

California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Los Angeles - Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires.

Marci Miller to appear at Days of Our Lives fan event next month

Studio City - Marci Miller, who formerly played the role of Abigail on "Days of Our Lives," will be appearing at a fan event next month in California.

PG&E to cut power to 800,000 customers due to fire danger

PG&E announced Tuesday that the utility will be implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 counties around California starting early Wednesday because of dry and windy weather in the forecast, affecting nearly 800,000 customers.

Trump opens 725,000 acres of California coast to oil drilling

Sacramento - The Trump administration on Friday dismissed protests and made a formal decision to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling and fracking.

Police video of woman singing opera in LA metro goes viral

Los Angeles - A video posted by police of a homeless woman singing opera in the Los Angeles metro has gone viral and prompted calls for her to be on a grand stage.

Op-Ed: EPA threatens to pull highway funds over California's air quality

The Trump administration on Tuesday blamed California’s worst-in-the-nation air quality on shoddy paperwork, calling on the state to overhaul its plans for cleaning up toxic smog or risk losing billions in federal road dollars.

Trump's rollback of auto pollution rules hits a dead end

The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more companies from joining the other side.

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.
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TRANSIT: A BART train loads passengers at Daly City station.
TRANSIT: A BART train loads passengers at Daly City station.
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Governor Brown delivers 2014 State of the State Address. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (left) Sena...
Governor Brown delivers 2014 State of the State Address. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (left) Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (right).
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A banner proudly announces Northern Light School's 25 anniversary.
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Returning to a time of civility, the Edwardian Ball is a place to see and be seen.
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Anna Cross is the director of the playhouse which featured the ground-breaking original play "Toypurina."
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Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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R&B: Headliner Chris Brown performs at a Supafest 3 concert in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.
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"Yoga is the only exercise and activity that gives me energy," said new Bikram Yoga studio owner, Daniel Fisherbaugh. "Not even baseball does that for me," he said.
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Reproduced by kind permission, Julia Hanna
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File photo: Water use in California was down 31 percent in July over the same period a year ago, and 27 percent in June, due to far reaching mandatory water saving measures
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Firefighters working structure protection atop Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria keep a close eye on nearby flames Sunday morning at 4 am.
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Jonathan Bigelow portrays Alex, a man searching for answers as his life as been altered by an unexpected diagnosis at the doctor's office.
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SKYWARD: Storm clouds gather over the San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley in February 2012.
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SJ Buddhist Church
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The Old Mint, also referred to as "The Granite Lady" survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and has been in the City of San Francisco's possession since the early 1990's when the City purchased the landmark building from the US Federal Government for only $1.00.
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The den where Jack London worked. "He liked to listen to Caruso while he was writing," said Van Wyk.
The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
The stables or livery at the Mission. Part is now used for the Mission gift shop.
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Chinese lanterns along Grant Street, San Francisco, CA.

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