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The Latest: Firefighter on California blaze struck by car

Nov. 16, 2018 1:23 AM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 10:20 p.m. An out-of-state firefighter battling a massive Southern California blaze has been struck by a truck. But authorities say his injuries aren't life-threatening. KIRO-TV in Seattle reports that 46-year-old Terry...

California GOP ponders way forward after stunning losses

Nov. 16, 2018 1:08 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a speech to fellow Republicans in May, U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters issued an ominous warning about the coming election — California Democrats, she said, were "coming for all of us." She was right. The congresswoman's stunning defeat Thursday in the heart of Orange County, once a...

California fire has claimed 63 as missing list grows to 631

Nov. 15, 2018 11:20 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century. Officials were scrambling to pinpoint everyone's...

Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish

Nov. 15, 2018 9:53 PM EST

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Winds that fanned a deadly, destructive Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar. "It's the new abnormal: fires, dryness, lack of moisture, winds," Gov. Jerry...

Thousands warmly recall officer hailed as bar shooting hero

Nov. 15, 2018 6:43 PM EST

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — The sheriff's sergeant who gave his life saving others during a mass shooting last week was remembered warmly Thursday as a deeply religious man devoted to family who could be counted on to never hesitate a moment to put his own life on the line if it meant helping others....

Audit cites flaws in costly California bullet train project

Nov. 15, 2018 4:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Flawed decision-making and poor contract management contributed to billions in cost overruns and years of delays in the as-yet unbuilt California's high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, state auditors said Thursday. The project is now estimated to cost $77...

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

Nov. 14, 2018 10:20 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan...

The Latest: Outbreak of norovirus at wildfire shelter

Nov. 14, 2018 10:05 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer...

Sheriff: California wildfire's death toll rises to 48

Nov. 13, 2018 11:43 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family's living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for Michelin. Jesus Fernandez, known as "Zeus," was described as a...

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 10:15 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...