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Brittany Force races to 4th NHRA Funny Car win of year

Jul. 24, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Force raced to her fourth Top Fuel victory of the season and 15th overall in a record-setting Sunday in the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Force had a 3.709-second run at 335.48 mph to beat Mike Salinas in the final round and move ahead of him for the...

Trial begins in case of missing California college student

Jul. 18, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — The man last seen with Kristin Smart, the college freshman who vanished from a California campus 25 years ago, is on trial more than a year after he was arrested on a murder charge along with his father, who is accused of helping hide her body. Opening...

Prosecutors try to prove 1996 killing with body missing

Jul. 17, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The smiling face of Kristin Smart still looks out from a billboard in front of attorney James Murphy Jr.’s law office more than 25 years after the college freshman vanished from a campus on California's picturesque central coast. It once offered a $75,000...

Man bitten by great white shark in California goes home

Jul. 13, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A man who was bitten by a great white shark off the central California coast last month was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Steve Bruemmer, 62, was released from Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, after undergoing three weeks of hospital care...

Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

May. 19, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the...