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Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly fire

2016-12-07T08:37:48Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies....



Former Cal State University Chancellor Charles Reed dies

2016-12-07T05:39:12Z

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Charles B. Reed, who was California State University chancellor for 14 years during which the system struggled with budget cutbacks and soaring enrollment, died Tuesday, it was announced. He was 75....



Cousins enter pleas in 1973 shotgun slayings of 2 girls

2016-12-07T03:10:24Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Two men charged with murder in the 1973 shotgun slayings of two young girls entered pleas to murder charges in Yuba County court on Tuesday, Deputy Yuba County District Attorney John Vacek said....



The Latest: More victims in Oakland fire publicly identified

2016-12-07T06:22:39Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on a deadly fire in an Oakland warehouse (all times local):...



Jury seated in corruption trial of ex-LA County sheriff

2016-12-07T02:46:02Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A jury was seated Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and opening statements were scheduled to begin Wednesday....



Assembly Democrats seek $1B in state spending despite risks

2016-12-06T23:05:40Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Assembly Democrats are pushing for $1 billion in new state spending even as some warn that the policies of President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress could have devastating consequences for the state budget....



Poet, nail art lover among warehouse fire victims

2016-12-07T08:58:36Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- There was a mortuary worker who dreamed of being a painter or photographer. A poet who texted her father Kurt Vonnegut lines. A music manager known for her love for nail art....



Did authorities miss opportunities to prevent tragic fire?

2016-12-07T04:47:02Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the illegally converted warehouse where 36 partygoers were killed in a weekend fire, with inspectors knocking on the door as recently as two weeks before the blaze....



Man held without bail over deadly Los Angeles shootings

2016-12-07T01:34:36Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An alleged Jamaican gang member charged over a shootout that killed four men at a Los Angeles party has been ordered jailed without bail....



Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests

2016-12-07T06:12:55Z

PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree....