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32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Officials say nearly three-dozen structures have been destroyed in an expanding wildfire in Northern California.

'Maze Runner' races past 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M

NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult thriller "The Maze Runner" raced to the box-office top spot with $32.5 million, sprinting past Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones."

Posted: September 21, 2014
Some California wells run dry amid drought

EAST PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water.

Posted: September 21, 2014
Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement agencies got a lot of attention — and criticism — in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Posted: September 21, 2014
Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growing

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structured had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said.

Posted: September 21, 2014
California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say four of five inmates who escaped from a central California jail have been caught.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Rain falls on Baja's tip as storm passes to south

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Polo churned south of the Baja California Peninsula on Saturday night, whipping up waves along the shore and swirling more rain onto residents trying to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Odile.

Posted: September 20, 2014
55 tons of trash pulled from California waterways

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — State officials say some 55 tons of trash was removed from the California's drought-stricken waterways during the Great Sierra River Cleanup.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Body found next to plane wreck in Anza Borrego

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — The San Diego Sheriff's Department says it found the body of a man next to a plane wreck in a remote area of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Posted: September 20, 2014
California authorities search for 5 jail escapees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were on the hunt Saturday for five men who escaped from a central California jail.

Posted: September 20, 2014
2 prison guards face charge in killing outside bar

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Two state prison guards are facing charges in the killing of a vineyard manager during a fight outside a San Luis Obispo County bar.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Brown signs bill on car surcharge for bike lanes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing local governments to impose a vehicle registration surcharge to pay for bike lanes and trails.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Woman killed by SUV in San Francisco's Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a driver is in custody after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in the city's popular Chinatown district.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Rain falls on Baja's south tip as storm passes by

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Polo churned south of the Baja California Peninsula on Saturday, whipping up waves and swirling more rain onto residents still recovering from Hurricane Odile.

Posted: September 20, 2014
$70M grant for biofuels plant planned east of Reno

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A California-based biofuel company building a plant east of Reno has been awarded a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to help speed delivery of its high-tech process that converts household garbage into jet fuel.

Posted: September 20, 2014
U2 guitarist gets boost in bid for Malibu mansions

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The guitarist for U2 finally has an edge in getting his long-planned compound of mansions built in the mountains above Malibu.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Authorities: 5 inmates escape from California jail

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Central California are on the hunt for five inmates who have escaped a correctional facility.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Rand Paul urges California GOP to try new tactics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is urging California Republicans to find new voters by embracing voting rights, reforming criminal drug sentences and talking to minorities.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Family of man shot by police invite chief to rally

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Northern California man who was shot and killed by a police officer is scheduled to hold a rally and memorial, and the police chief has been invited to attend.

Posted: September 20, 2014
City cites drought, sinks LA water slide proposal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city officials have pulled the plug on plans to temporarily transform a downtown street into a giant water slide because of drought.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Castro: Hispanics key to US housing sector future

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation's housing secretary says a booming Hispanic population will drive the future of America's residential real estate market.

Posted: September 20, 2014
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