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Recall vote highlights California's geopolitical divisions

Sep. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California recall election was a blowout win for Gov. Gavin Newsom that reinforced the state's political divisions: The Democratic governor won big support in coastal areas and urban centers, while the rural north and agricultural inland, with far fewer voters,...

Algae bloom reaches danger level at California reservoir

Sep. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A bloom of toxic blue-green algae in a Central California reservoir has reached the danger level, the state Department of Water Resource said Tuesday. Lab results from this week’s tests showed an increase in toxin levels at San Luis Reservoir...

River closes after California family dies nearby

Sep. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mysterious deaths of a Northern California family of hikers and their dog have led federal officials to close 28 miles along the Merced River, where high levels of toxic algae were detected. The Bureau of Land Management closed campgrounds and...

Family of 3 found dead in remote California hiking area

Aug. 18, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California family of three that had been reported missing was found dead Tuesday along with the family’s dog on a hiking trail in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest, authorities said. Search teams initially located the...

California man charged with bomb-making, weapons possession

Aug. 12, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man was charged Thursday with making 10 shrapnel bombs, including one that was thrown at a home and burned a fence, authorities said. A federal grand jury indicted Wes Parker McDaniel, 52, of Merced in the San Joaquin Valley, on...

Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out

Jul. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

The American West is baking, burning and drying in intertwined extreme weather. Four sets of numbers explain how bad it is now, while several others explain why it got this bad. The West is going through “the trifecta of an epically dry year followed by incredible heat...

Matilda Castren leads rain-delayed LPGA Tour event in Texas

Jul. 02, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Matilda Castren shot a 5-under 66 after a six-hour storm delay Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Volunteers of America Classic. With the start of play delayed by lightning and rain, the 26-year-old former Florida State...