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Drought fueled by climate change has dropped Lake Tahoe below its natural rim and halted flows into the Truckee River, an historically cyclical event that’s occurring sooner and more often than it used to — raising fears about what might be in store for the famed alpine lake.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set with a gun a crew member had assured the actor was safe, a tragic mistake that came hours after some workers walked off the job to protest conditions and production issues.

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LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s widow said she pleaded with the Los Angeles County sheriff to make sure no one takes photographs from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, and he reassured that the area had been secured, court documents say.

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DUNSMUIR, Calif. — A wreckage found on a ridge in far Northern California on Friday is that of a small plane that requested an emergency landing but never arrived at its expected destination, authorities said.

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SACRAMENTO — Environmental groups were cautiously optimistic about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to ban new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of schools and homes, but the oil industry and labor allies warned the plan would raise California energy prices and potentially bring pol…

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BAKERSFIELD — A judge in California ruled, Friday, that state prison guards who work in and around facilities’ health care settings must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

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LOS ANGELES — Levels of wretched-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas that have plagued south Los Angeles County communities for weeks are declining as authorities use various mitigation methods in a flood control channel emitting the gross odors, authorities said, Friday, in an online news conference.

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NEW YORK — Millionaire real estate scion Robert Durst has been charged with murder in the death of his first wife, Kathie Durst, nearly four decades after she disappeared and just days after he was sentenced to life in prison in California for killing a confidante who helped him cover up the…

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SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California residents relieved that this week’s rain helped contain stubborn wildfires and soaked dry gardens were cleaning up, Friday, and preparing for a massive storm this weekend that could bring flash flooding to vast areas scorched by fire.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Alec Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released, Friday, show.

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In another outgrowth of the B3K Prosperity economic development collaboration, Kern County filed an extensive application, this week, for federal money that could help fund a formal aerospace industry cluster bringing together public and private stakeholders in eastern Kern and northern Los …

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — A group of environmental organizations demanded Wednesday that the Biden administration suspend and cancel oil and gas leases in federal waters off the California coast after a recent crude oil spill.

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WASHINGTON — More than a year after arson destroyed a Navy warship, service leaders said, Wednesday, they are making changes and increasing oversight to correct widespread failures that led to the scrapping of the USS Bonhomme Richard.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after he was indicted on federal charges, Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said he will “immediately step back” from participation in council meetings and committees, but will not resign.

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SANTA BARBARA — Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said, Sunday.

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Investigators believe a 1,200-foot cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude.

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ORANGE — Bill Clinton arrived, Sunday, at his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at an Orange hospital, officials said.

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WASHINGTON  — Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency.

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For the second straight year, the world heads into a new La Niña weather event. This would tend to dry out parts of an already parched and fiery American West and boost an already busy Atlantic hurricane season.

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LOS ANGELES — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said, Saturday.

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SACRAMENTO — The former executive director of California’s largest labor union was booked into jail, Friday, after she and her husband had their first court appearance on charges including tax fraud, embezzlement, perjury and failure to pay unemployment insurance taxes.

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SAN DIEGO — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in US immigration court, complying with a judge’s order.

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SANTA ROSA — Al Wolf is used to clearing one or two snakes from under houses but recently was called by a woman who said she had seen rattlesnakes scurry under her Santa Rosa house and was surprised to find more than 90 rattlesnakes getting ready to hibernate.

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LOS ANGELES — Hoping to recover a lost anchor chain, a work boat dragged a grappling hook along the seabed near an oil platform off the Southern California coast. But it hooked something else — a pipeline carrying crude oil from the towering rig to shore.

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ORANGE — Bill Clinton was said to be recovering from a urological infection, Friday, and an aide to the former president said that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital, though not receiving “ICU care.”

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SANTA BARBARA — More than 1,300 firefighters helped by aircraft dumping water and fire retardant worked, Thursday, to box in a wildfire in a Southern California coastal mountain range that has closed a major highway and rail line for days.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — The amount of crude oil spilled in an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California is believed to be close to 25,000 gallons, or only about one-fifth of what officials initially feared, a Coast Guard official said Thursday.

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LOS ANGELES — New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more that two decades ago.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden tried to reassure Americans on Wednesday that he can tame high inflation, announcing a deal to expand operations at the Port of Los Angeles as prices keep climbing and container ships wait to dock in a traffic jam threatening the US economy and holiday shopping.

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SACRAMENTO — A new and fundamental debate has emerged in the battle over California’s high-speed rail project that could again significantly downgrade the troubled effort: Should the trains even be high speed when the system launches?

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SAN FRANCISCO — A California mother is accused of hosting alcohol-filled parties for her teenage son and his friends at her Silicon Valley home and other places and encouraging them to drink heavily and engage in sex acts with intoxicated girls, some of them non-consensual, prosecutors said.

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SANTA BARBARA — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down, Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise risk of infernos.

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SAN FRANCISCO — California Attorney General Rob Bonta is joining a lawsuit targeting three online sellers of “ghost guns,” the untraceable firearms made from build-it-yourself kits that he said can be assembled in minutes and are increasingly being used in violent crimes.

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SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — Recordings indicate the pilot of a twin-engine plane nose-dived into a San Diego suburb despite a growingly concerned air traffic controller who repeatedly warned the pilot to climb in altitude — information that will be examined by investigators who arrived at the cras…

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The remains of five people and the wreckage of a US Navy helicopter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean off California have been recovered, the Navy said in a statement Tuesday.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — Oil has been washing up on some Southern California beaches since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. The spill fouled the famed sands of Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA…

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, on Friday, approved limiting prison terms for those associated with street gangs, among several criminal justice bills restricting enhancements that can add years to offenders’ sentences.