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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution.

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David A. Jones Sr., who borrowed $1,000 to launch a nursing home company that grew into the $37 billion health insurance and health care giant Humana Inc., died Wednesday at age 88.

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ROME (AP) — France’s president assured Italy’s new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorit…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans are at least somewhat confident that the world will step up in its fight against global warming — but there are limits to their optimism.

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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by European Union officials Wednesday of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the “father of lies” by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faced hurdles on both …

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SACRAMENTO — California officials on Wednesday could put a private company’s plan to build a high-speed train connecting Las Vegas and Southern California one step closer to reality by helping it access billions of dollars in private financing.

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries.

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Aerospace Academy CEO Laura Herman got a new three-year contract just as the charter school is set to open an elementary campus today for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.

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LOS ANGELES — On the day before the Air Force marks its 72nd birthday, Brig. Gen. E. John “Dragon” Teichert said Edwards AFB personal are proud of Edwards’ long history of accomplishments, but more proud that they continue to make history.

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LOS ANGELES — After repeated delays, the preliminary hearing for former Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford’s criminal corruption trial is on hold for a week after nearly a week of proceedings.

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SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students, but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said Wednesday she will step down in August 2020.

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PALMDALE — Having served the Antelope Valley for more than 60 years, Antelope Valley Hospital is seeking to build a new facility, a state-of-the-art medical center better suited to meet today’s needs and to satisfy state seismic standards.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a ruling that prevents local governments from enforcing laws against camping on sidewalks or in other public places, unless sufficient alternative shelter spa…

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LOS ANGELES — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California’s cannabis market.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman who ran a Southern California “birth tourism” business that charged Chinese clients to help them give birth in the United States has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Republican congressman in California said Tuesday he won’t run for re-election next year, making him the 18th GOP incumbent to bow out of the U.S. House of Representatives now that the party is in the minority.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.

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LLANO — Golfers can get in a round of play while helping a worthy cause with the 56th annual “Swing to Give a Child Hope” charity golf tournament on Oct. 1.

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VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge sentenced a 28-year-old woman to 19 years to life in prison for the drunken driving deaths of two people in 2016 when she slammed into a minivan after running a stop sign.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) — Ed Buck, the prominent Democratic Party donor whose West Hollywood apartment was the scene of two fatal drug overdoses, was charged today by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with running a drug den in his residence after a third man last week suffered an over…

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LANCASTER — The Lancaster Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit, Monday, for La Papillon Steak and Seafood restaurant to sell alcohol and provide live entertainment.

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ACTON — A draft ordinance to amend Title 22 of the Los Angeles County planning and zoning code in regard to interim and supportive housing drew concerns from Acton community members about the lack of services in the community to assist those experiencing homelessness, as well as the potentia…

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MOJAVE — As Virgin Galactic transitions to commercial operations with a move of its flight operations from Mojave to New Mexico, work continues at the original High Desert site of The Spaceship Company to build out the next vehicles in the spaceline fleet.

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Rural Museum celebrated breaking ground on its new permanent home during the recent Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, but the job is not yet done.

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WASHINGTON (AP)— A year after failing to meet its enlistment goal for the first time in 13 years, the U.S. Army is now on track to meet a lower 2019 target after revamping its recruitment effort.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists involved in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong appealed to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday to support their fight by banning the export of American police equipment that is used against demonstrators and by more closely monitoring Chinese efforts to undermine civil li…

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JERUSALEM — In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the longtime Israeli leader on Tuesday fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in national elections, initial exit polls showed, putting his political future in question.

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PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California, but he showed Tuesday he’s more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy Repub…

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PALMDALE — The Air Force, on Monday, confirmed what has been widely believed for years: The B-21 Raider bomber is being manufactured at Northrop Grumman’s facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. tried to build its case Monday that Iran was behind the fiery weekend attack on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities that raised new war worries and sent energy prices soaring. Iran denied responsibility, while President Donald Trump said the United States was “locked and l…

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William Yukon Chang, a Hawaiian-born journalist whose English-language newspaper for the children of Chinese immigrants in New York sought to promote an American identity in them, died Sept. 4 in San Francisco. He was 103.

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NEW YORK — Phyllis Newman, a Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who became the first woman to host “The Tonight Show” before turning her attention to fight for women’s health, has died. She was 86.

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Mardik Martin, a screenwriter who collaborated with Martin Scorsese on films like “Raging Bull,” “New York, New York” and particularly Scorsese’s breakthrough in gritty realism, “Mean Streets,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three women shot in the head, each dumped a month a part — the 2006 killings scared Daytona Beach’s street people so badly that they memorized suspicious men’s license plate numbers and gave them to police. And then suddenly the slayings stopped.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex “all the settlements” in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over…

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BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps.

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RENO, Nev.  — A strong Sierra cold front packing winds gusting up to 50 mph dropped the first snow of the season Monday in the mountains along the California-Nevada line and damaged a small airplane that was blown off the runway at an airport north of Reno.

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Union High School District got a one-time $675,841 bonus from the California Lottery at the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — California City Police officers were injured Saturday night, as a man they were arresting on outstanding warrants fought with them. The man also sustained non-life threatening injuries.