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Los Angeles contracting firm chosen to lead $68 billion California high-speed bullet train project

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved a step closer to building a high-speed train line on Thursday, when a state commission chose a contractor to handle construction of the route’s first leg from Merced to Fresno in the state’s breadbasket. The rail line, a major priority of…

75-year-old woman finds childhood essay in used bookstore’s Bible

A 75-year-old woman from San Clemente, California recently made an astonishing discovery inside a used Bible she purchased from a local store: an essay she wrote as a Girl Scout in Kentucky, at the tender age of 10. Marion Shurtleff still has not figured out how the letter managed to…

‘Recreational shooting’ sparks 1,000-acre California brush fire

Investigators have determined that a brush fire that has burned almost 1,000 acres near Julian, California since Sunday was started by “recreational shooting.” Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said that the fire — which is called the General Fire due to its proximity to well-known general store — was 85…

Police: U.S. Navy Petty Officer arrested in California for pimping 17-year-old girl

A Navy Petty Officer stationed in Lemoore, California is charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex with multiple men. According to the Fresno Bee, Charles Ray Benavidez, 32, was arrested April 17, but police are coming forward now to solicit help from the public…

California moves towards revoking Boy Scouts tax exempt status over gay ban

California has moved one step closer to revoking the tax exemption for the Boy Scouts because of their prohibition against gay members. The California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved The Youth Equality Act by a 5-2 vote on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.…

Teen hikers found safe in California after four-day search

California emergency workers found a second missing hiker Thursday, a day after her companion was rescued and four days after they got lost while hiking on Easter Sunday. A massive ground and air search had been launched to find Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack in Trabuco Canyon, 55…

Expelled Nevada Democrat arrested for choking police dog

A former Democratic assemblyman from Nevada was arrested for choking a police dog in California on Thursday evening just hours after his former colleagues voted to permanently expel him from the chamber. Steven Brooks, 41, was detained near Barstow on Interstate 15 Thursday evening, according to The Associated Press. It…

Lion attacks and kills worker in California cat sanctuary

An African lion attacked and killed a worker at a Californian cat sanctuary Wednesday, emergency officials quoted by local media said. The incident happened at Project Survival’s Cat Haven at Dunlap, some 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman,…

At least four dead, two wounded in California shooting and carjacking spree

A shooting rampage left four people dead and at least two people wounded in California on Monday. Orange County Sheriff’s Department Jim Amormino told the Orange Country Register that a man went on a shooting spree that began with the death of a person at a home in Red Leaf…

Golfer Phil Mickelson apologizes for saying he might leave California over taxes

Phil Mickelson apologized for talking publicly about possibly moving from California over tax rates, saying he should not have discussed the matter in public. Many sports stars have homes in such states as Florida, where there are no payroll taxes, rather than in California, where taxes have risen this year.…

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