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WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of …

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LOS ANGELES — Disturbing details were alleged Monday — over the repeated objections of defense attorneys — in the case against the spiritual head of a Mexico-based religious organization charged with rape and other sexual acts against children, as prosecutors sought to deny him bail.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Temperatures are heating up in Southern California, with triple-digit highs expected through early next week in some areas.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Authorities say at least 17 vehicles were damaged or destroyed in a carport fire that spread to a Southern California apartment complex and displaced residents in 15 units.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation’s most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state’s top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last.

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SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state’s biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment.

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LOS ANGELES — The two Southern California desert communities rocked by last week’s powerful earthquakes may have sustained as little damage as they did because they have no tall buildings and many of the homes in one are fairly new and were built to stricter earthquake standards.

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SACRAMENTO — A project to pump billions of gallons of water out from under the Mojave Desert and sell it to people in Southern California could be slowed by a bill approved Thursday by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people’s old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets.

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SACRAMENTO — With Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. in bankruptcy amid billions of dollars in wildfire liability claims, some California cities are considering buying pieces of the utility’s assets and running parts of the power system on their own.

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Audrey Jenkins’ apartment isn’t fancy or large. Although she’s had mold and leaks, her place is tidy and packed with almost two decades’ worth of mementos from a full life.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation until it addresses questions on the impact to wildlife.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers were killed and two critically injured when they jumped off a 75-foot freeway bridge after a crash on California’s central coast.

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TRONA, Calif. (AP) — Aftershocks of last week’s big earthquakes are still rumbling beneath the California desert, but seismologists say the probability of large quakes continues to decline.

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LOS ANGELES — The family of a woman killed by sharks while snorkeling in the Bahamas is calling on tour companies to change security protocols after alleging the company they used failed to provide enough aid during the attack.

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SANTA ANA — A replica handgun was found at the scene where a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old girl after an encounter as both were driving on a Southern California freeway last week, authorities said Tuesday.

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Trustees for the Dixie School District in the California city of San Rafael on Tuesday will consider a new name for the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery.

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge reduced bail Tuesday for a former University of Southern California gynecologist accused of sexually assaulting 16 women.

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SACRAMENTO — A bill to require California religious leaders to report their co-workers’ confessions of child abuse or neglect has been put on hold amid opposition from the

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste.

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SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker wants to limit how local government associations can spend taxpayer money after two city councilors got into a brawl at a recent seminar put on by one of the groups.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Sheriff Alex Villaneuva’s reinstatement of a deputy — which led county officials to file a lawsuit against the sheriff — was a rush to judgment contradicted by key evidence that may have gone unreviewed by the new administration, according to a report released today by th…

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LOS ANGELES — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast.

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SACRAMENTO — People who buy their own health insurance in California next year will see their rates increase by less than 1%, the lowest jump in five years that state officials attribute to a new law that taxes most people who refuse to buy coverage.

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SACRAMENTO— California officials are experimenting with a new diversion program for criminals that includes allowing victims to directly confront their offenders.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A newly released video capturing a family’s brawl at Disneyland this weekend has prompted police to reopen their investigation into the fight, authorities said Monday.

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LOS ANGELES — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast.

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ESCONDIDO — San Diego County authorities are searching for a motorist who fled when a deputy attempted a traffic stop and eventually made a U-turn and crashed into the patrol car.

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SACRAMENTO — A California proposal aimed at stabilizing the state’s electric utilities and putting a renewed focus on safety in the face of devastating wildfires caused by utility equipment passed a key committee Monday, setting it up for a floor vote later this week.

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SACRAMENTO — Californian lawmakers on Monday were poised to send legislation to Gov Gavin Newsom’s desk that will spend $130 million a year over the next decade to improve drinking water for about a million people.

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RIDGECREST — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Hollyhock House, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1921 modernist creation at Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site Sunday, the first time modern American architecture has been recognized by the United Nations cultural organization.

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RIDGECREST — Officials in Southern California expressed relief Saturday that damage and injuries weren’t worse after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years, while voicing concerns about the possibility of major aftershocks in the days and even months to come.