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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A woman who prosecutors dubbed a “black widow” because she had her husband killed, died of natural causes while serving a life sentence, authorities said, Friday.

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As the number of immigrants seeking court permission to avoid deportation grows, foundations in Los Angeles have joined with local governments to direct millions of dollars to pay for lawyers to represent the immigrants, an effort they hope will be copied across the country.

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OAKLAND — Former executives and directors of Pacific Gas & Electric have agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit over devastating 2017 and 2018 California wildfires sparked by the utility’s equipment, it was announced, Thursday.

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SACRAMENTO — They’ve become a familiar sight along the wide commercial corridors of America — empty buildings once filled by big retailers who have closed their doors, in part because many of their customers shop online.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill, Thursday night, that would have granted more time for a first-in-the-nation African American reparations committee to complete its work after the former assemblymember who authored legislation creating the committee asked the governor …

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, on Friday, announced that oil refineries could start selling more polluting winter-blend gasoline ahead of schedule to ease soaring fuel prices, directly contradicting his own goals for reducing climate emissions.

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led House passed a short-term spending bill, on Friday, that finances the federal government through mid-December and provides another infusion of military and economic aid to Ukraine as lawmakers acted to avert a partial government shutdown set to begin, after midnight.

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LAS VEGAS — It’s been five years since carnage and death sent his family running into the night, leaving them separated and terrified as a gunman rained bullets into an outdoor country music festival crowd on the Las Vegas Strip.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties, Friday, to illegally annex more occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his war. Ukraine’s president countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, including teenagers who were taking university practice entry exams, a Taliban spokesman said.

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ROSAMOND — The remains of a decomposed body found, Aug. 15, in Rosamond have been identified as Ronnetta Faye Martin, 27, of Rosamond, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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One member of Rabbi David Wolpe’s diverse congregation left because Wolpe would not preach sermons criticizing Donald Trump. Scores of others left over resentment with the synagogue’s rules for combating COVID-19. But Wolpe remains steadfast in his resolve to avoid politics when he preaches …

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PALMDALE — NASA’s “flying telescope,” SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy), has taken its final flight, concluding 12 years of observations of distant cosmic phenomena.

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LANCASTER — The cause of a delay in construction of the emergency department expansion at Antelope Valley Medical Center is nearly remedied, clearing the way for arrival of the modular structure at the end of the year, Director of Facilities George Rowerdink reported, Wednesday, to the Antel…

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PALMDALE —  Antelope Valley Union High School District has started a dedicated welding program at Palmdale and Littlerock high schools.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse delivered a list of more than 300 publicly accused abusers to the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, on Thursday, as they urged him to release his “secret” files on credibly accused priests.

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LOS ANGELES — The Southern California teenager killed, this week, alongside her father in a shootout with law enforcement was with him, a day earlier, when he fatally shot her mother, police said, Thursday.

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LANCASTER — If your canine companion had a ruff week, or deserves a round of a-paws, take them to Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, on Saturday, for the ultimutt fun day — the City of Lancaster’s 29th Bark at the Park.

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TOKYO — Japan and China marked the 50th anniversary of normalization of their ties, Thursday, as their leaders Fumio Kishida and Xi Jinping stressed the importance of their strengthened relationship over the decades, though they still face difficulties.

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Residents of unincorporated Los Angeles County communities in the Antelope Valley can get rid of those old appliances and furniture, next week, at a free dumping day sponsored by Waste Management in partnership with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

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Standing 14 stories tall, the Docking State Office Building is one of Kansas’ largest and oldest state workplaces. It’s also largely vacant, despite a prime location across from the Capitol.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — Councilmember Kelly Kulikoff would like to see dividers down the two-lane California City Boulevard, the main route from Highway 14 into Cal City, and a road that is often the scene of collisions and near-collisions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, on Thursday, said “our entire country hurts” along with the people of Florida after Hurricane Ian flooded communities across the state, knocked out power, forced people into shelters and raised fears of a “substantial loss of life.”

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PALMDALE — Interested residents will have an extra 30 days to weigh in on the draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the segment of the proposed California High Speed Rail system between Palmdale and Burbank.

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PALMDALE — A program that offers students a safe, quiet place to study is returning, with free Homework Help Centers reopening, beginning Monday.

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of US senators introduced legislation, Wednesday, to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system a…

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JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank — At least four Palestinians were killed and 44 wounded during an Israeli military raid, Wednesday, into the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported, marking the deadliest episode since Israel escalated a crackdown on the oc…

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YOKOSUKA, Japan — Standing on the deck of an American destroyer at a naval base, on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris directly challenged China by accusing it of “disturbing behavior” and “provocations” around Taiwan.

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police now say a man who was shot by officers during a chase in suburban Denver, on Saturday, shot himself in the head at the same time and his death has been ruled a suicide.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Anti-terror raids targeting a group of suspected far-right extremists left one person dead in Belgium after police exchanged gunfire with a man at one location, Wednesday, justice officials said.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Florida official Peter Antonacci, who was most recently tapped to run the state’s new elections crime unit, died, Friday. He was 74.

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KOYA, Iraq — An Iranian drone bombing campaign targeting the bases of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq, on Wednesday, killed at least nine people and wounded 32 others, the Kurdish Regional Government’s Health Ministry said.

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LANCASTER — Congressional candidate Christy Smith supports women’s reproductive rights, believes President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and favors a humanitarian approach to immigration, according to Smith’s responses, Tuesday, during Antelope Vally College’s Conversations wi…

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PALMDALE — Residents are invited to take part in AV Mental Health Awareness Day, on Saturday, at Poncitlán Square, 38315 Ninth Street East.