• California Jan 18

    1 Dead in Avalanche at Lake Tahoe Ski Resort: Calif. Sheriff

    An avalanche Friday morning at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe killed one skier and seriously injured another, officials said. The avalanche, which was reported around 10:16 a.m., happened in an area between Scott Chute and Promised Land — two advanced level ski runs — near Scott Chair, ski resort officials said. The area consists of some of the…

  • California Jan 14

    California Rejects Unique Intersex Surgery Ban for Some Kids

    California lawmakers have rejected what would have been a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary treatment for infants born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The measure would have banned all procedures on intersex children 6 and under unless the Medical Board of California deemed them medically necessary. State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who wrote the measure, called…

  • Gorilla Jan 7

    Calif. Eye Experts Operate on Unusual Patient

    A team of eye experts has operated on an unusual patient — a gorilla. A cataract was removed on Dec. 10 from the left eye of a 3-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the park announced Monday.

  • Michael Jackson Jan 4

    Men Alleging Abuse by Michael Jackson Win Appeal Against 2 of Singer’s Companies

    Two men who alleged that Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children can sue two corporate entities tied to the late singer’s estate, a state appeals court unanimously ruled Friday. A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned 2017 rulings that stated Wade Robson and James Safechuck could not sue MJJ Productions Inc. or MJJ…

  • the ghost of Manzanar Jan 4

    DNA Matches Mysterious Bones to Japanese Internee Called the ‘Ghost of Manzanar’

    A skeleton recently found on California’s second-highest mountain could be the remains of a Japanese-American man who disappeared from an internment camp during the waning days of World War II.

  • Data Privacy Dec 29, 2019

    States Tackle Big Issues With New Laws, Including Data Privacy, Voting

    Owners of electric vehicles in a number of states will start seeing fees to pay for road repairs in the new year. At least eight states will begin charging new or higher registration fees Wednesday for electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. The new fees mean that, for the first time, a majority of states will assess special fees on gas-free...

  • California Dec 28, 2019

    Judge Blocks California’s Alligator Ban After Louisiana Sues

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also scheduled an April 24 hearing on Louisiana’s request for a longer-lasting order called a preliminary injunction. “The temporary restraining order is the first step in protecting Louisiana’s alligator industry, which creates jobs, supports...

  • McDonald's Dec 28, 2019

    McDonald’s Employees Saved Woman Who Mouthed ‘Help Me’ in Drive-Thru

    A California woman who authorities believe was in danger of abuse got help from an unlikely source on Christmas Eve, NBC News reports. Employees at a McDonald’s restaurant in Lodi intervened and called 911 after the woman, whose identity has not been released, indicated she was in danger, according to a Facebook post from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office on...

  • PG&E Dec 17, 2019

    PG&E Execs Got Big Bonuses for Meeting Safety Goals

    PG&E paid top execs $17 million in bonuses from 2012 to 2017, partly for meeting safety goals despite the fact that the company’s poor maintenance has been linked to deadly fires.

  • California Dec 17, 2019

    Long Prison Sentence Upheld for Doctor Who Hurt Patients

    A federal appeals court affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan, procedures that were described by prosecutors as “plain butchery.” Aria Sabit acknowledged the awful care nearly three years ago in federal court in Detroit, but he appealed the 235-month sentence as excessive. The appeals court, however, let it stand...

  • Democratic Debate Dec 16, 2019

    Democratic Leaders Push to End Labor Dispute and Save Debate

    Democratic officials are pushing for an end to a labor dispute that threatens the party’s sixth presidential primary debate, scheduled for Thursday on a California university campus. Xochitl Hinojosa, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director and a lead debate organizer for DNC Chairman Tom Perez, said Monday that Perez “spent the entire weekend” urging stakeholders to engage in good-faith,...

  • California Dec 15, 2019

    At Least Three Dead After Probation Officer Barricaded Herself in California Home

    At least three people are dead after a woman barricaded herself inside an Ontario house early Saturday morning, authorities said. Ontario Police said they responded to a domestic violence call early Saturday morning and found a man, the woman’s husband, in the doorway of a home on F Street. “The male subject was behind the screen door when they...

  • California Dec 14, 2019

    Louisiana Sues California Over Alligator Ban

    Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state’s wetlands. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Louisiana said the economy surrounding alligators has played a key role in bringing back the American alligator population and is an...

  • Dec 3, 2019

    ‘I’ve Made Mistakes’: Rep. Hunter Pleads Guilty

    Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks to media after pleading guilty in his corruption case.

  • Dec 3, 2019

    US Rep. Duncan Hunter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

  • Dec 3, 2019

    Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X Named 1st Apple Music Award Winners

    Billie Eilish will be the first recipient of the Apple Music Award for global artist of the year, one of three honors for the pop singer. Apple announced Monday that Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” has been named album of the year. Eilish and her brother Finneas will also receive songwriter of the year...

  • Dec 3, 2019

    Calif. Mom Tied Son’s Hands, Put Bag Over His Head During Fire: Police

    Authorities say a woman placed a plastic bag over her 3-year-old son’s head and tied his hands as their Santa Paula home burned.

  • Dec 2, 2019

    US Rep. Hunter to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charge, Leave Seat

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and is prepared to go to jail. It’s a stunning turn of events for the six-term Republican who had steadfastly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors. Hunter had pleaded not guilty, but in an interview that...

  • Dec 2, 2019

    Scientists Race to Document Puerto Rico’s Coastal Heritage

    A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being discovered. Scientists hope to use the 3D images they’ve taken so far to also help identify which historic...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    Joe Sestak Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Campaign

    Joe Sestak ended his long-shot campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Sunday, telling supporters that he couldn’t raise money because he was unable to break through in the media. Sestak, a former U.S. representative from Pennsylvania who turns 68 next week, qualified for none of the Democratic debates and failed to register even 1 percent in most opinion polls, NBC...

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