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Gunman in California shooting had domestic violence arrests

Jul. 26, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot this weekend when his SWAT team tried to rescue people held hostage inside a San Joaquin Valley home by a man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and a handgun, authorities said Monday. Four other people...

California authorities say deputy, suspect and 3 others dead in San Joaquin Valley home shooting

Jul. 26, 2021 13:03 PM EDT
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say deputy, suspect and 3 others dead in San Joaquin Valley home shooting.

California oil regulators deny new fracking permits

Jul. 10, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California denied 21 oil drilling permits this week in the latest move toward ending fracking in a state that makes millions from the petroleum industry but is seeing widespread drought and more dangerous fire seasons linked to climate change. ...

California governor to weigh budget that nixes pandemic cuts

Jun. 29, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In some ways, the new spending plan approved by the California Legislature on Monday is about going backward: Back to a time before the pandemic, when California's roaring economy fueled budget surpluses. The $262.6 billion proposal now on its...

California budget looks back to a time before pandemic

Jun. 28, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In some ways, the new spending plan approved by the California Legislature on Monday is about going backward: Back to a time before the pandemic, when California's roaring economy fueled budget surpluses. The $262.6 billion proposal now on its...

Man with shotgun killed by Bakersfield police after chase

Jun. 24, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Police on Thursday shot and killed a man they said ran into traffic lanes with a shotgun after a high-speed chase. Officers tried to stop a Chevrolet Avalanche on a Bakersfield street shortly before 4:30 a.m. but the truck took off on...

Man dies after Southern California police shootout

Jun. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A man shot by police earlier this week during an armed confrontation in Southern California has died from his injuries, authorities said Thursday. Six Bakersfield police officers fired their weapons during Sunday's incident and have been...

Docs show Bakersfield police broke bones in 31 people

Jun. 17, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — On Nov. 24, 2017, Robert Cruz Jr. biked north along Baker Street, on a quiet block straddling Bakersfield’s once-thriving old town and struggling new, restaurants interspersed with a rehab center and a prepaid phone store. ...

California prisoner stabbed to death; 2 inmates suspected

Jun. 11, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate was stabbed to death Friday and two other men were identified as suspects, authorities said. Artemio Gomez, 40, was attacked at around 8:15 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison, north of Bakersfield, according to a statement...

Donations strengthen California police accountability work

Jun. 04, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Roger Brown, 33, a Black Fresno rapper and mentor, was driving home from a candlelight vigil in March when he noticed a police car was following his BMW. He was dropping off four kids, some as young as 10, who had attended the vigil held for a murdered child. As Brown...