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Two of three suspects arrested in slayings of Marin County teens

Novato - Two teenage suspects being sought in a deadly attack in normally bucolic western Marin County were arrested Thursday and charged with killing two high school students and seriously injuring a third.

Op-Ed: 'Thieving Forest' author reveals new mystery-crime novel Special

San Francisco - The author of "Thieving Forest," Martha Conway has now released a third novel, entitled "Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery.” It is her second mystery. But her work as a historical novelist is growing.

Lake Mead hits record low as Western drought continues

The water surface level at Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, dropped to an historic low Wednesday night, reaching the lowest point since the dam was completed in 1936.

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Sonoma - Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Slain hiker's wife testifies in first day of Marin murder trial

San Rafael - Slain yoga teacher Steve Carter sent a text message to his wife moments before he was murdered on a Marin County hiking trail last year, according to testimony heard Monday at the start of a murder case against two West Coast drifters.

Op-Ed: 'Scream' movie begins a Sonoma realtor's career to Top Producer Special

Sonoma - Daniel Casabonne is "The realtor" in all of Sonoma with the most sales. He has an office right on the Plaza. Yet as he tells it, his career in real estate was unexpected due to the movie "Scream."

Neighbors expect more pilgrimages to home featured in TV sitcom

San Francisco - They're back. TV's fictitious Tanner family, which starred for years on the ABC sitcom "Full House," has returned in a Netflix update, "Fuller House," but fans never stopped coming by the old spread.

Number of homeless people increases in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by nearly six percent over the past year to 46,874, in part due to a "historic" housing shortage, authorities said on Wednesday.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Senior sheriff official in U.S. resigns over racist e-mails

Los Angeles - A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff's department has resigned following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement.

Warriors assistant to become head coach of rival L.A. Lakers

Los Angeles - It's hard to blame the Los Angeles Lakers for trying to get in on a good thing — the Golden State Warriors are obviously doing something right.

Op-Ed: One woman's life in an oyster shell of chaos reveals a pearl Special

Sonoma - The comedian/entertainer Phyllis Diller in an interview once said that the hardships in life are like the grain of sand that agitates an oyster into making a beautiful pearl.

Benicia's historic Washington House damaged by three-alarm fire

Benicia - Benicia's historic Washington House was heavily damaged Sunday afternoon by a three-alarm fire that tore through the two-story structure that housed many small businesses.

Spring in California Wine Country is VJB Cellars and Vineyard Special

Kenwood - Spring in Paris? What about California wine country? For those who know wine country, spring time is a special occasion to visit.

Op-Ed: Marin County Supervisor rides the bus like everyone else Special

San Rafael - Golden Gate Transit serves San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties. On any given day, thousands of people use and rely on the bus and ferry system.

Millennium Falcon drone helps dad remove daughter's loose tooth

When this father helped his daughter remove a loose tooth, the Force was with him. Along with a toy Millennium Falcon drone, which removed said tooth. And the whole episode was caught on video by mom in their home in Marin County, California.

Op-Ed: Annual 4/20 Concert is celebrated by Moonalice Psychedelic roots Special

San Francisco - The psychedelic has not withered away, it continues to live on in the band Moonalice. Formed in 2007 Moonalice is a steady stream of the best of talent and skill that reverberates the essence of rock music.

Eastern face of Sierra Nevada's long overdue for earthquake

Reno - Scientists say the Sierra Nevada Mountains Eastern range front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line. A magnitude 7.0 quake is expected every 30 years and it has been six decades since the last one occurred.

Op-Ed: Vintage shop in Sonoma aims to happier times Special

Sonoma - Tiddlywinks, that very simple little game is one of the sources of inspiration for Sonoma's Tiddle E Winks Vintage Five and Dime.

Op-Ed: Artist Cynthia Tom is a surrealist presence telling truths Special

San Francisco - The weather was gloriously summer-like this past Saturday April 16 as surrealist artist Cynthia Tom opened her 1890 Bryant Street studio to the public.

California appeals court restores state's teacher tenure system

Los Angeles - A California appellate court has restored the state's system of awarding job security to teachers after two years on the job.

Review: Country star Sam Outlaw live in London Special

London - The Los Angeles-based troubadour was responsible for one of 2015's best country albums, 'Angeleno.' He rolled into The Borderline in London on April 11, the ninth date of a short European tour that began on April 2 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

State could bar builders of Berkeley balcony that collapsed

Sacramento - California regulators could revoke the licenses of five contractors that worked on a Berkeley apartment complex where a balcony collapsed last year, killing six college-age students and injuring seven others.

Drought threatens California despite El Nino

Los Angeles - Last winter, El Nino-driven storms dumped much-needed snow and rain over California, boosting reservoir levels and fueling hopes the parched state's four-year drought might end.

San Francisco approves paid leave for parents of newborns

San Francisco - To all the benefits of being a new parent in a place like San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors just added another: fully paid time off.

Fight for $15: California, New York governors raise minimum wage

In an historic move to address the growing problem of income inequality, the governors of the two most influential states in America signed bills raising their respective minimum wages to as high as $15 in the coming years.

Internet retailer takes name off Oakland's outdoor sports stadium

Oakland - Internet retailer Overstock.com has dropped its paid-for right to put the O.Co name on the outdoor sports stadium in Oakland, Calif.

California school closes after student comes down with measles

San Francisco - Nevada County health officials want to find anyone who came in contact with a charter school student who has been diagnosed with measles after an overseas trip.

No charges filed in balcony collapse that killed 6 in Berkeley

Berkeley - California prosecutors will not bring criminal charges over last year's fatal balcony collapse that killed six young people.
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