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NEWARK, N.J. — New Jer­sey’s attorney general an­nounced a lawsuit Fri­day against a California company that sells mail-order firearms parts that can be turned into working weapons, the first such action the state has taken since it banned so-called ghost guns last year.

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed after his vehicle plunged about 600 feet down a cliff at Mount Tamalpais State Park north of San Francisco.

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LOS ANGELES — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Saturday to its highest amount since Dec. 4, increasing 4 cents to $3.525, one day after recording its largest daily increase since March 11, 2016 — 4.7 cents.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was set free Friday — on his 75th birthday — from a Los Angeles federal pris­on after serving more than 15 years behind bars for bugging the tel­e­phones of celebrities, at­tor­neys and executives.

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SACRAMENTO — Cal­if­or­nia Gov. Gavin New­som moved Friday to by­pass environmental reg­u­la­tions to prepare for the next wildfire seas­on, a move he said was nec­es­sary to prevent further loss of life even as it frus­tra­ted activists in a state viewed as a national en­vi­ron­mental leader.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge appeared skep­tical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard.

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SAN FERNANDO (CNS) — A North Hills man is facing more than 12 years in state prison for a DUI crash that killed a woman and seriously injured her 23-month-old daughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

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SANTA ROSA (AP) — An official says that 17 months after a massive wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in a wine country neigh­borhood, 70% of the pro­perties are under con­struc­tion or have been re­built.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The American Civil Lib­er­ties Union sued the FBI on Thursday for records re­lated to a divisive 2017 re­port that said black ex­tre­mists were on the rise fol­lowing the shooting deaths of several African-Am­ericans.

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SANTA CLARITA — Sen. Di­anne Feinstein joined a chorus of lead­ers Thursday praising a decision that appears to fully block a proposed mine outside Santa Clarita in Soledad Canyon.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of a union representing research and technical workers walked picket lines Wednesday at University of California campuses and hospitals in a one-day strike amid a lengthening stretch of unsuccessful

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is rejecting criticism that he’s subverting voters’ will with his executive order for a moratorium on the state’s death penalty.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A man who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder is expected to receive a $13.1 million settlement from city of San Francisco on Tuesday.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council went on record today in support of a parcel tax measure on the June ballot in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a 53-year-old man who crashed a rented scooter into a tree in down­town San Diego last week has died in the city’s first electronic scooter fatality.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of her 9-year-old daughter was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles, authorities said Monday.

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SACRAMENTO — Stand­ing beside the fam­ily of a 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police a year ago Monday, the Rev. Al Sharp­ton called for Cal­if­ornia to make it easier to pros­ecute officers who kill civ­ilians and to require that all cases go before a grand jury.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Searchers combed a river in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a little girl swept away during the weekend, and two people were rescued in Los Angeles early Monday, putting a focus on dangers resulting from California’s exceptionally wet winter.

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LOS ANGELES — A leak from a 9,000-gallon gasoline tank­er caused the vehicle to catch fire, which spread to one nearby home, and ig­ni­ted the atmosphere in storm drains Sunday morn­ing, injuring two people and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky over South Los Angeles.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) — Wildlife officials say they believe someone il­le­gally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California hig­hway.

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SAN FRANCISCO — With dreams of UCLA for her daughter, single mother Donna Balancia chose a high-rent apart­ment to get her into Beverly Hills High School, which she hoped would give her the best shot at the college of her choice.

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HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. — A San Francisco Bay Area town is suing the owner of the quirky Flintstone House, alleging she violated local codes when she put dinosaur sculptures in the backyard and made other landscaping changes that caused local officials to declare it a public nuisance.

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NEW YORK — Given the dramatic downsizing in local journalism, efforts are sprouting to match re­porters with towns and topics left uncovered. Time will tell if they are the first signs of a turnaround, or fingers in the dike.

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The man suspected of being a notorious Cal­if­or­nia serial killer who elu­ded capture for decades had been arrested by Sac­ra­mento police in the 1990s, years before he was con­nect­ed to the killings, a news­paper reported Fri­day.

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SAN FRANCISCO — In one of the first lawsuits to come out of the college bri­bery scandal, several students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission.

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LOS ANGELES — California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory re­mains abnormally dry as a very wet win­ter winds down, experts said Thurs­day.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in the Northern California city of San Jose on Wednesday criticized so-called sanctuary policies they say prevented federal authorities from detaining a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman.

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Long-awaited legislation making the site of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster a memorial and national monument was signed into law 91 years to the day after the disaster.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed a moratorium on executions in the state . Here are some notable inmates out of more than 700 people on the nation’s largest death row:

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — A state lawmaker took a temporary leave of absence on Tuesday while disputing a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to his young daughter as “false and unthinkable.”

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A recent bull riding event at Staples Center that sparked protests led the Board of Animal Services Commissioners today to unanimously approve a motion in support of banning such events in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shaken family of a University of Southern California student killed during an off-campus robbery attempt asked Tuesday that anyone with information about possible suspects call Los Angeles police investigators.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The search continued Monday for three or four men in their 20s suspected of shooting to death a USC student who was the son of an Oakland City Council member in an apparent robbery attempt near the campus.

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COMPTON (CNS) — A 30-year-old man pleaded no contest today to fatally shoot­ing his live-in girl­friend and wounding their 8-year-old daughter at their home in Compton and was immediately sen­tenced to 24 years to life in prison.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five California ed­u­ca­tors on Monday filed a law­suit seeking to stop the state’s top teachers union from collecting dues through mandatory paycheck deductions, the latest in a series of similar legal challenges filed across the country.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Thursday for the 2.25-mile Automated People Mover at Los Angeles International Air­port, which aims to cut down on auto traffic traveling in and out of the airport, officials announced today.

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LOS ANGELES — In­ves­tigators have identified a Los Angeles-area girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban eque­strian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case.