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LOS ANGELES — Up to a foot of snow fell in Southern California’s mountains as the first in a series of storms moved through California, bringing real winter weather after weeks of sporadic rain that has done little to ease drought.

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FRESNO — A woman who was declared missing while hiking in Yosemite National Park was found dead the same day, without a public update from the National Park Service.

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EL MONTE — The FBI and local police are investigating an explosion early Saturday at a Los Angeles-area church that had been the target of protests for its anti-LGTBQ message.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has denied a Southern California church’s request to overturn the state’s Coronavirus restrictions barring worship services indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a newspaper report Saturday.

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MECCA, Calif. — Migrant workers lined up by the hundreds during a break from picking produce this week to receive the Coronavirus vaccine on a Southern California grape farm.

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SAN FRANCISCO — More than five weeks into its vaccination program, California doesn’t have nearly the supply to meet demand and there’s growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuve…

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LOS ANGELES — California election officials announced Friday that 99.4% of more than 15 million mail-in ballots were verified and counted in the November election, a rejection rate notably lower than the March primary even though more than twice as many people voted.

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LOS ANGLES — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is under investigation for potential civil rights violations as state officials determine whether deputies have engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday.

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SACRAMENTO — California reported a one-day record of 764 COVID-19 deaths on Friday but the rate of new infections is falling.

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OAKLAND — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his Coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Rain and snow showers fell Friday as the first in a series of storms moved through California, marking a major change to real winter weather after weeks of scattershot precipitation that has done little to ease drought.

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SANTA ANA — A Lake Forest man who authorities said traveled across the country to sexually abuse children, including a six-year-old girl drugged by her mother, was sentenced Thursday to federal prison.

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SACRAMENTO — California is reporting a surge in Coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed, and the tens of thousands of claims are raising renewed concerns about widespread fraud.

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The Antelope Valley Retired Teachers Association will be awarding two $300 grants to teachers working in each educational level: elementary, middle and high school.

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LOS ANGELES — Port executives, union leaders and elected officials are pushing for dockworkers to become eligible for Coronavirus vaccinations to prevent a slowdown of cargo moving through the booming twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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SAN DIEGO — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship.

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HALF MOON BAY — The US Coast Guard has called off its search for a 12-year-old boy who was swept by a wave and out to sea from a Northern California beach.

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SACRAMENTO — California reported its second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths Wednesday but also a dip in hospitalizations below 20,000 for the first time since Dec. 27.

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SACRAMENTO — A California sheriff’s deputy was killed and another deputy was wounded in a shootout with a suspect who gunned down a K-9 dog before he was fatally shot, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding.

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SACRAMENTO — A woman was killed by her son at a Sacramento-area senior living apartment complex Tuesday and he surrendered to authorities the same day after a shootout and standoff with sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES — A Beverly Hills doctor who has criticized the Coronavirus vaccine was arrested Monday in connection with her alleged role storming the US Capitol earlier this month, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES — Strong winds were felt in many parts of the Southland on Sunday, with a more serious wind event expected to arrive as soon as tonight, forecasters said.

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WILMINGTON, Del.  — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat today, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.

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A double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Windows on the Illinois and Ohio statehouses have been boarded up. National Guard troops in camouflage and flak jackets and heavily armed state troopers were stationed at state capitals across the US in advance of protests…

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PASADENA — A 47-year-old transient was arrested after he got into another man’s car, assaulted the driver and attempted to drive off, police said.

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LOS ANGELES — A Hollywood man pleaded guilty Thursday to unsafely operating a drone that hit a Los Angeles police helicopter and forced it to make an emergency landing.

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MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and unseasonably hot weather that heightened fire danger in a region where little rain has fallen this winter.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation’s largest utility, has agreed to pay up to $190 million to clean up and revitalize a San Francisco harbor that was polluted by a long-closed gas plant, it was announced Friday.

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PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — A California police officer who posted obscenity-laden comments against Black Lives Matter on a right-wing social media platform is no longer with the department, the police chief said.

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Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

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SACRAMENTO — Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state and federal officials to advance about one of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for Coronavirus vaccinations, saying it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups.

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SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least six years old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law.

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SACRAMENTO — California’s governor and the mayor of Los Angeles triumphantly touted Dodger Stadium on Friday as a new mass Coronavirus vaccination site capable of administering 12,000 shots a day, despite acknowledging they had no idea how many vaccines the state can expect to get from the f…

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OAKLAND — A man facing a second trial after a fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he’s accused of illegally converting into a cluttered artists enclave is expected to plead guilty later this month, relatives of several of the victims said.