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Protest over CA police shootings turns violent, hospitalizing cop trying to help slain teen

A protest over two fatal Salinas, California, police shootings in two weeks ended Wednesday night with another deadly shooting and police in riot gear. One person was shot to death about 9 p.m. a few blocks away from the impromptu protest, which started about 1 p.m. with 10 people and…

California Chrome wins Preakness, Belmont next for Triple Crown

Whoever built Pimlico Race Course’s grandstand did a fine job of securing the roof. If only a few bolts had been left a little suspect, the Herculean roar that accompanied California Chrome as he passed the post first in the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, would have blown it…

Cooler weather could help contain California fires

Firefighters battling blazes in southern California expressed optimism Saturday that cooler weather headed into the area could help their containment efforts. The fires have killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of thousands more over……

125,000 people flee their homes as wildfires rage through southern California

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges. The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid…

‘Fire in the sky’: Massive fires force 20,000 people to evacuate in southern California

Thousands of people fled raging wildfires in roasting southern California as flames destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and an amusement park. The blazes, which also closed a major north-south highway, come amid record temperatures in the western US state, where the annual…

California billionaire Vinod Khosla in court for denying public access to popular beach

By Sarah McBride SAN MATEO, California (Reuters) – Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and now a prominent venture capitalist, on Monday testified about his cutting access to a popular beach in a court case that calls into question a California tradition of open access to the state’s famed coastline.…

Gunmen kill man, wound six at toddlers’ party in Sacramento

Gunmen killed a man and wounded six people including a seven-year-old child when they opened fire on a toddler’s birthday party in California, in what police said on Sunday might have been a gang-related shooting. The police said California gang and homicide detectives were investigating the incident, in which several…

The explosive growth of California’s drought in one chart

It didn’t seem possible, but California's drought just got worse. On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor released new data that show every single inch of the state is now experiencing some form of drought. Since mid-March……

California struggles to regulate 3,000 water agencies as drought continues

By Tim Reid (Reuters) – In the middle of one of the worst droughts in California’s history, no one knows exactly how many agencies supply the state with water. While state regulators supervise three companies that provide gas and electricity for most of California, drinking water is delivered through a…

California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…

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