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AMALIA, N.M. — Biologist Bryan Bakevich unscrewed the top of a plastic bucket and removed a Rio Grande cutthroat trout that squirmed from his grasp and plopped onto the grassy bank of Middle Ponil Creek.

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LOS ANGELES — The campaign that could bring legalized sports betting to California is the most expensive ballot-initiative fight in US history at about $400 million and counting, pitting wealthy Native American tribes against online gambling companies and less-affluent tribes over what’s exp…

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SACRAMENTO — Extraordinary use of electricity has long been a telltale sign of illegal grow houses producing thousands of marijuana plants hidden in seemingly ordinary homes.

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BEVERLY HILLS — Three suspects were arrested this week in connection with a brazen smash-and-grab robbery where $5 million worth of jewelry was stolen from a high-end Beverly Hills store, earlier this year, police said.

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has ruled the sheriff’s department properly obtained warrants to search the home of county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and other locations targeted in a political corruption probe, but he ordered the agency to turn over any items seized in the searches to the st…

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SAN DIEGO — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of US Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according to experts.

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all its schools with a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, after at least seven teenagers overdosed on pills likely laced with fentanyl in recent weeks, including a 15-year-old girl who died on a high school campus.

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JURUPA VALLEY — Authorities say nine people were taken to the hospital with breathing problems and other symptoms after they were sickened by an unknown substance at a Jurupa Valley plastics recycling company.

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LOS ANGELES — The race for Los Angeles County sheriff kicked into high gear during a televised debate between incumbent Alex Villanueva and challenger Robert Luna, who traded barbs and criticisms on stage at the Skirball Cultural Center.

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LOS ANGELES — With COVID-19 transmission falling, face masks will no longer be required on buses, trains and other mass transit vehicles in Los Angeles County starting, today, nor will they be mandated at airports and other transportation hubs.

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LOS ANGELES — California’s attorney general, on Tuesday, took over a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation of a county supervisor who had called the corruption probe an act of political retaliation.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego officials, on Tuesday, were expected to approve a $600,000 payout to a woman who was severely injured when a police dog attacked her in her own yard after escaping from its trainer’s home nearby.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans taken into custody at the US border with Mexico soared, in August, as migrants from Mexico and traditional sending countries were stopped less frequently, authorities said, Monday.

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Northern California mother of two was sentenced, Monday, to 18 months in prison for faking her own kidnapping so she could go back to a former boyfriend, which led to a three-week, multi-state search before she resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day, in 2016.

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SAN DIEGO — When nearly 80,000 Afghans arrived in the United States, refugee resettlement agencies quickly became overwhelmed, still scrambling to rehire staff and reopen offices after being gutted as the Trump administration dropped refugee admissions to a record low.

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OAKLAND — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse that caught fire, killing 36 people during a party, in 2016, was ordered to appear in court after prosecutors said a search of his home revealed he violated conditions of his probation by possessing weapons.

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YUCAIPA — A woman who disappeared when a downpour in a recently burned area unleashed mudslides that tore through her Southern California mountain community was found dead under mud, rocks and other debris, authorities said, Friday.

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SAN FRANCISCO — With more than 100,000 people living on California’s streets, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a first-of-its kind law, on Wednesday, that could force some of them into treatment as part of a program he describes as “care” but opponents argue is cruel.

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LOS ANGELES — Seventeen cats were killed at a Los Angeles pet hotel and a firefighter was injured, early Saturday, when a blaze ripped through a strip mall where the facility is located, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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SACRAMENTO — California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids’ safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in ways that could harm children physically or mentally, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, Thursday.

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LOS ANGELES — Legal wrangling escalated, Friday, over the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s corruption probe of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — with a judge barring investigators from delving into computers seized from Metro during searches, this…

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FORESTHILL, Calif. — A weekend weather system could hamper firefighters’ efforts in Northern California to battle the week-old blaze that’s become the largest in the state so far, this year.

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of bills, Friday, to expand California’s reliance on clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, moves he said further establish the state as a global climate leader.

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.2%, in August, up from a revised 4.9%, in July, according to the latest figures released by the state Employment Development Department.

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SANTA MONICA — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators served multiple search warrants, Wednesday — including at the home and office of county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl — in connection with a public-corruption probe involving contracts awarded by the Metropolitan Transportation A…

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California launched a publicly funded website, on Tuesday, to promote the state’s abortion services, listing clinics, linking to financial help for travel and lodging and letting teenagers in other states know they don’t need their parents permission to get an abortion in t…

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FRESNO (AP) — A former principal was charged in central California with child abuse after being caught on video striking a student with special needs, and his attorney said, Tuesday, that what the video shows is out of character for the veteran educator.

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants voters to reject a new tax on rich people that would pay for more electric vehicles in the nation’s most populous state, warning in a new statewide TV ad that a measure on the ballot, this November, won’t help the environment but is instea…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County leaders announced, Monday, a lawsuit settlement agreement that commits hundreds of millions of dollars to expand outreach and supportive services for homeless residents, marking the potential end of two years of litigation over the crisis of people livin…

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REDWOOD CITY (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of using a samurai sword to fatally stab the mother of his child in front of bystanders on a Northern California street requested a psychiatric evaluation for his client during a court appearance, Monday.

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SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — A federal judge has closed out the bankruptcy case filed by a Southern California city that grappled with a dire cash shortage a decade ago, officials said, Monday.

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FORESTHILL, Calif. — Firefighters made progress against a huge Northern California wildfire that was still growing and threatening thousands of mountain homes, on Sunday, while crews also battled major blazes that blanketed large swaths of Oregon and Washington in smoke.

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Two California Highway Patrol officers were struck by a suspected drunk driver after pulling over another car on an interstate, early Sunday, authorities said.

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MERCED, Calif. — After a months-long manhunt, police arrested a suspect in the death of an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing before her body was found, last March, inside a Merced home, authorities said, Sunday.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The US government has joined a ski resort and others that have quit using a racist term for a Native American woman by renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere.

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SANTA ANA — An oil company, on Thursday, pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured, last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries.

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SACRAMENTO — Planned Parenthood leaders from 24 states gathered in California’s capital, Friday, to begin work on a nationwide strategy to protect and strengthen access to abortion, a counteroffensive aimed at pushing back against restrictions that have emerged in more than half of the count…

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WASHINGTON — In Orange County, Calif., where the typical house sells for $1 million, Rep. Katie Porter’s four-bedroom, three-bath residence in a leafy subdivision on the University of California Irvine campus is a bargain.

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COMPTON — A man in his 50s was fatally stabbed, Friday, in an unincorporated area bordering Compton.