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2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

Human remains are those of mother who vanished in 1979

Oct. 22, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

Human remains found in the ocean off of Northern California have been identified as a mother of four who vanished in 1979, authorities announced Thursday. DNA evidence from one of her children was used to match a femur from 45-year-old Dolores Wulff, who disappeared in the middle of the night from her home in...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020 file photo California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas demonstrates how to use one of the party's unofficial ballot drop boxes, in Sacramento, Calif. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked a judge to make the party disclose the location of each box and turn over the names, addresses and dates of birth for everyone who has used them. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Brown rejected Becerra's request to expedite the case. The ruling means the case can still go forward, but it's unlikely it will be resolved before Election Day. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Judge denies AG request to expedite lawsuit against GOP

Oct. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has denied Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request to expedite his lawsuit against the state Republican Party. California Republicans have been collecting ballots from voters in unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in some counties with closely contested U.S....

This undated photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows Deputy Commissioner Amanda L. Ray a 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that Ray, will be the first woman and second Black to head the agency after the announcement of Commissioner Warren Stanley's retirement. Newsom said in a statement that Ray will help the state

1st Black CHP chief retires, first woman named replacement

Oct. 20, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first Black commissioner in the 91-year history of the California Highway Patrol is retiring, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, and he will be replaced with the first woman to hold the post — a veteran officer who also is Black. Commissioner Warren Stanley will retire...

California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas demonstrates how to use one of the party's unofficial ballot drop boxes on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. The party had used this box to collect ballots at one if its field offices in Fresno, Calif. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked a judge Tuesday to order the party to disclose the location of each drop box and provide contact information of every voter who used them. Becerra is investigating the party's use of the boxes. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Becerra wants judge to make GOP give details on ballot boxes

Oct. 20, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic attorney general sued the state Republican Party on Tuesday, asking a judge to make them hand over the names and contact information of every voter who used one of the GOP's unofficial ballot drop boxes. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of...

Man arrested in California stemming from 2016 Maine killing

Oct. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said a 23-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with a 2016 shooting death in Portland. Aristotle Stilley, formerly of South Portland, was arrested in Sacramento, California, early Tuesday morning, Portland police said. A Cumberland County grand...

Teacher reports break-in at student home during online class

Oct. 18, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California teacher alerted police to a break-in at a home where her students were participating in an online class. A man entered the home in Galt through a window and ran through the house and then out a back door before going over a fence, KOVR-TV reported Friday. Teacher Jennifer...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory in Washington. A peaceful protest in a sleepy suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes. That's according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The four spy planes took to the skies over cities in June to monitor protests following the killing of George Floyd. Three watched demonstrations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. But the target of the fourth was the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of El Dorado Hills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives

Oct. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A peaceful protest in a sleepy and affluent suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes earlier this year, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The four planes took to the skies over...

Ray Lopez delivers supplies to Mountain Mike's Pizza in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., where power is turned off, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to portions of Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during hot, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

Oct. 16, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “Just got off the...

This Jan. 4, 2012, inmate photo released by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Deandre Austin, an inmate serving a life sentence for child molesting who was killed at a Northern California state prison, officials said Thursday, Oct.15, 2020 and his cellmate is considered the suspect. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Child molester serving life term killed in California prison

Oct. 15, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence for child molesting has been killed at a Northern California state prison, officials said Thursday, and his cellmate is considered the suspect. Deandre Austin, 46, was found unresponsive Wednesday evening in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison in...