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SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California confirmed Thursday it is investigating a graduate student’s allegations that a UC regent touched her upper thigh during a dinner five years ago.

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SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday strongly condemned the dozen sets of ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on its nuclear and missile programs.

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LOS ANGELES — A sword-wielding man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Wednesday after running from police and climbing over a fence surrounding a high school, authorities said.

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SACRAMENTO — California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their Boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge.a

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LANCASTER — Sponsors are being sought for wreaths to be placed on the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans as part of Lancaster Cemetery’s annual Wreaths Across America ceremony to take place Dec. 14.

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VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.

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LOS ANGELES — Dr. Bruce Hensel, an Emmy-winning former television medical correspondent in Los Angeles and New York, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly asking a nine-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive photos.

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PLACERVILLE — Two private school administrators and a teacher are facing criminal charges in the death of an autistic student who was restrained for nearly two hours, prosecutors in Northern California said.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council on Tuesday approved starting the process to create a municipal utility to provide electricity within the city limits at some future time.

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PALMDALE — Residents and guests may see the historic Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 in a different light Friday night, as the city hosts a Full Moon Tour and A Night of Pokémon.

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LANCASTER — Lancaster resident Matt Morlee wanted a full battery-electric vehicle with good range. The Chevy Bolt EV met those requirements.

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BALTIMORE — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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SAN DIEGO — A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on a bid to halt military funding for construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall as the pace of construction raises questions about whether time is running out for the administration’s critics.

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The preliminary hearing in former Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford’s criminal corruption case is on hold once again, this time, until Nov. 18.

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LANCASTER — Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a 15-year-old male at his Lancaster home, after an investigation following numerous phone calls regarding a threatening comment an unknown person posted on a social media website of a local high school.

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LANCASTER (CNS) — A man and his daughter made their initial court appearance today but did not enter a plea to charges that they kidnapped a woman in North Las Vegas, then robbed, raped and assaulted her before dumping her in the desert near Edwards Air Force Base.

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Veterans Day easily takes over a week in the Antelope Valley. It is not Halloween, a time for costumes, treats and merriment. Nor is it Thanksgiving or Christmas. But like all of those, there are many opportunities for savings and sales. Unlike the other holidays, Veterans Day is less festiv…

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LANCASTER —  Antelope Valley Union High School District’s four remaining Board members will discuss options on Thursday, to fill the vacancy on the Board, after the sudden resignation of former Board president Robert “Bob” Davis.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who spent 11 years in prison for a series of Los Angeles armed robberies he didn’t commit was exonerated Tuesday after prosecutors agreed he had been wrongly convicted.

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Stephen Dixon, whose hyper-realistic novels and short stories reflected his fascination with personal loss, sex, heartbreak, disaster, marriage and old age, died Wednesday at a hospice in Towson, Maryland. He was 83.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Snow and cold records fell as an arctic airmass that started in Siberia spilled over a big chunk of the eastern half of the U.S., including the normally mild South, on Tuesday.

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LANCASTER — The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation named the City the “Most Business-Friendly City at the 24th annual Eddy Awards ceremony Thursday night at the JW Marriott Los Angeles Live.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Trucking Association on Tuesday filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as U…

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XINING, China — There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of Sinopec gas stations cast a red glow over…

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region.

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a recent run of reports throughout the county of a scam, in which residents are told a loved one has been kidnapped and ransom payments are being demanded.

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LANCASTER (CNS) — The federal government announced Tuesday, that the Antelope Valley Transit Authority will receive $8.6 million for transportation uses.

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PALMDALE — More than 700 community members, including veterans and their family members, marked the 10th anniversary of the AV Wall, and honored those who served in uniform, at a Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The head of a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train system apologized to a black rider who was detained and cited by police for eating a breakfast sandwich on a train platform after an outcry from people who assailed enforcement of a no-food rule as racist.

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VENICE (CNS) — Los Angeles County lifeguards continue to watch the sand around Venice Beach after a large amount of medical waste was found Sunday south of the pier, authorities said.

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The world marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall last week, and it brought back memories of a celebration that day here in the Antelope Valley.

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to serve as Chicago’s interim police superintendent, a day after the city’s top police officer announced he is retiring.

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron led Armistice Day commemorations on Monday by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, as a giant tricolor flag flew overhead.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties wou…