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  • California campaign watchdog investigates gas tax campaign

    California campaign watchdog investigates gas tax campaign

    Wednesday, September 12 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-09-13 01:15:23 GMT

    California's campaign watchdog is investigating whether a campaign to keep the state's recent gas tax hike in place violated campaign finance rules.

     

    California's campaign watchdog is investigating whether a campaign to keep the state's recent gas tax hike in place violated campaign finance rules.

     
  • California busts recycling fraud ring

    California busts recycling fraud ring

    Wednesday, September 12 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-09-12 21:58:53 GMT

    Thousands of pounds of empty beverage containers were intercepted this summer while being smuggled into California from Arizona and Nevada to defraud the state's recycling program, authorities said Wednesday.

     

    Thousands of pounds of empty beverage containers were intercepted this summer while being smuggled into California from Arizona and Nevada to defraud the state's recycling program, authorities said Wednesday.

     
  • US judge strikes down California ban on handgun ads

    US judge strikes down California ban on handgun ads

    Tuesday, September 11 2018 8:30 PM EDT2018-09-12 00:30:52 GMT

    A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a nearly century-old California law that banned handgun ads at gun shops, saying the state failed to show it would prevent suicides or crime.

     

    A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a nearly century-old California law that banned handgun ads at gun shops, saying the state failed to show it would prevent suicides or crime.

     
  • California tells NRA to stop selling insurance policy

    California tells NRA to stop selling insurance policy

    Tuesday, September 11 2018 8:26 PM EDT2018-09-12 00:26:35 GMT

    California has ordered the National Rifle Association to stop selling an insurance policy that covers legal costs for injury or damage from legally using a gun.

     

    California has ordered the National Rifle Association to stop selling an insurance policy that covers legal costs for injury or damage from legally using a gun.

     
  • Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products

    Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products

    Tuesday, September 11 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-09-11 23:23:23 GMT
    Nearly 20 percent of the marijuana and marijuana products tested in California for potency and purity have failed, according to state data provided to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Nearly 20 percent of the marijuana and marijuana products tested in California for potency and purity have failed, according to state data provided to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

     

    Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

     
  • California aims to get all electricity from clean sources by 2045

    California aims to get all electricity from clean sources by 2045

    Monday, September 10 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-09-10 20:03:30 GMT

    A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and co- authored by several San Diego lawmakers puts California on a path to using only carbon-neutral energy by 2045.

     

    A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and co- authored by several San Diego lawmakers puts California on a path to using only carbon-neutral energy by 2045.

     
  • California lawmakers continue shift from mass incarceration

    California lawmakers continue shift from mass incarceration

    Sunday, September 9 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-09-09 23:39:04 GMT

    The recently completed California legislative session continued a yearslong effort to lower criminal sentences, ease restrictions on suspects, and keep juveniles out of adult prisons despite objections that the moves could harm public safety.

     

    The recently completed California legislative session continued a yearslong effort to lower criminal sentences, ease restrictions on suspects, and keep juveniles out of adult prisons despite objections that the moves could harm public safety.

     
  • Wildfire that closed key California highway explodes in size

    Wildfire that closed key California highway explodes in size

    Saturday, September 8 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-09-08 21:57:59 GMT

    A roaring wildfire that shut down a stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border exploded in size as crews on Saturday scrambled to prevent flames from reaching rural communities.

     

    A roaring wildfire that shut down a stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border exploded in size as crews on Saturday scrambled to prevent flames from reaching rural communities.

     
  • Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

    Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

    Friday, September 7 2018 11:57 PM EDT2018-09-08 03:57:49 GMT
    FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, an oil-covered bird flaps its wings amid at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, an oil-covered bird flaps its wings amid at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.

     

    A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.

     
  • California DMV may have botched 23,000 voter registrations

    California DMV may have botched 23,000 voter registrations

    Friday, September 7 2018 12:45 AM EDT2018-09-07 04:45:45 GMT

    The Department of Motor Vehicles says agency technicians may have botched about 23,000 Californians' voter registrations under the state's new "motor voter" law, according to a letter Wednesday from the department.

     

    The Department of Motor Vehicles says agency technicians may have botched about 23,000 Californians' voter registrations under the state's new "motor voter" law, according to a letter Wednesday from the department.

     
  • California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

    California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

    Friday, September 7 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-09-07 04:18:41 GMT
    Embers fly above a firefighter as he works to control a backfire as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The blaze had tripled in size overnight. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Embers fly above a firefighter as he works to control a backfire as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The blaze had tripled in size overnight. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

    California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday.

     

    California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday.

     
  • Researchers discover 4 mountain lion kittens in Santa Monica Mountains

    Researchers discover 4 mountain lion kittens in Santa Monica Mountains

    Thursday, September 6 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-09-06 19:43:10 GMT

    National Park Service researchers in the Santa Monica Mountains made a wild discovery recently when they found four mountain lion kittens in a remote area south of the 101 freeway.

     

    National Park Service researchers in the Santa Monica Mountains made a wild discovery recently when they found four mountain lion kittens in a remote area south of the 101 freeway.

     
  • Fire roaring through Northern California triples in size

    Fire roaring through Northern California triples in size

    Thursday, September 6 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-09-06 16:15:27 GMT
    A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Jerri Tubbs via AP)A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Jerri Tubbs via AP)

    An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday.

     

    An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday.

     
  • 2 men, including possible murder suspect, arrested after pursuit in Los Angeles

    2 men, including possible murder suspect, arrested after pursuit in Los Angeles

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-09-06 03:58:50 GMT

    Police on Wednesday chased a pickup truck with a possible double murder suspect inside for more than an hour before the driver pulled over in Brentwood.

     

    Police on Wednesday chased a pickup truck with a possible double murder suspect inside for more than an hour before the driver pulled over in Brentwood.

     
  • California dam repairs surge to $1.1 billion

    California dam repairs surge to $1.1 billion

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 3:25 PM EDT2018-09-05 19:25:40 GMT

    Officials say the cost of dealing with last year's near-disaster at the nation's tallest dam in California have climbed to more than $1 billion.

     

    Officials say the cost of dealing with last year's near-disaster at the nation's tallest dam in California have climbed to more than $1 billion.

     
  • California bill could limit early school start times

    California bill could limit early school start times

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-09-05 13:31:16 GMT

    California lawmakers voted Friday to bar middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m., one of dozens of proposals debated in the Legislature on the final day of its legislative session.

     

    California lawmakers voted Friday to bar middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m., one of dozens of proposals debated in the Legislature on the final day of its legislative session.

     
  • California man to stand trial for gay student's slaying

    California man to stand trial for gay student's slaying

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-09-05 04:18:57 GMT
    Samuel Woodward leaves a court hearing at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Woodward is charged with the murder of a University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County RegisSamuel Woodward leaves a court hearing at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Woodward is charged with the murder of a University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Regis

    About six months before he was stabbed to death in what prosecutors call a hate crime, a gay University of Pennsylvania student graphically discussed hopes to have sex with the man now charged in his killing, an investigator said Tuesday.

     

    About six months before he was stabbed to death in what prosecutors call a hate crime, a gay University of Pennsylvania student graphically discussed hopes to have sex with the man now charged in his killing, an investigator said Tuesday.

     
  • California attorney general nominee faces ethics panel

    California attorney general nominee faces ethics panel

    Tuesday, September 4 2018 5:13 PM EDT2018-09-04 21:13:13 GMT

    Steven Bailey, a former judge now running for California attorney general, is facing a judicial ethics tribunal just two months before the November election.

     

    Steven Bailey, a former judge now running for California attorney general, is facing a judicial ethics tribunal just two months before the November election.

     
  • New California bridge gets sensors to gather earthquake data

    New California bridge gets sensors to gather earthquake data

    Tuesday, September 4 2018 11:09 AM EDT2018-09-04 15:09:22 GMT

    A replacement bridge under construction at the second-busiest port in the U.S. isn't just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters — it's a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists.

     

    A replacement bridge under construction at the second-busiest port in the U.S. isn't just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters — it's a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists.

     
  • Bear wanders into backyard of Arcadia home

    Bear wanders into backyard of Arcadia home

    Monday, September 3 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-09-03 19:32:48 GMT

    A large black bear came out of the San Gabriel Mountains and crossed the 210 Freeway, roaming the streets not far from the L.A. County Arboretum before being tranquilized and trucked off.

     

    A large black bear came out of the San Gabriel Mountains and crossed the 210 Freeway, roaming the streets not far from the L.A. County Arboretum before being tranquilized and trucked off.

     
  • Monterey Car Week dazzles as usual

    Monterey Car Week dazzles as usual

    Sunday, September 2 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-09-03 00:53:36 GMT

    News 8’s Shawn Styles has several passions. We all know he loves surfing, skiing and snowboarding and how they're all related to weather. But totally unrelated to weather is his love of the automotive world.

     

    News 8’s Shawn Styles has several passions. We all know he loves surfing, skiing and snowboarding and how they're all related to weather. But totally unrelated to weather is his love of the automotive world.

     
  • Chargers re-sign tight end Antonio Gates for 16th season

    Chargers re-sign tight end Antonio Gates for 16th season

    Sunday, September 2 2018 3:50 PM EDT2018-09-02 19:50:05 GMT

    Tight end Antonio Gates re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday for his 16th season. Four months after the Chargers publicly bade farewell to the leading receiver in franchise history, they welcomed him back one week before the start of the regular season with a one-year deal. 

     

    Tight end Antonio Gates re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday for his 16th season. Four months after the Chargers publicly bade farewell to the leading receiver in franchise history, they welcomed him back one week before the start of the regular season with a one-year deal. 

     
  • Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate

    Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate

    Sunday, September 2 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-09-02 18:40:50 GMT

    Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California. 

     

    Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California. 

     
  • California lawmakers give utility a reprieve amid fire cases

    California lawmakers give utility a reprieve amid fire cases

    Saturday, September 1 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-09-01 22:11:41 GMT
    The lights of the Capitol dome shine as lawmakers work into the night Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Friday is the final day for California lawmakers to consider bills before they adjourn until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Rich PeThe lights of the Capitol dome shine as lawmakers work into the night Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Friday is the final day for California lawmakers to consider bills before they adjourn until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Rich Pe

    Lawmakers voted to give a reprieve to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., take steps toward reducing years of secrecy surrounding police misconduct and push back school start times in the frenzied final hours of the two-year legislative session.

     

    Lawmakers voted to give a reprieve to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., take steps toward reducing years of secrecy surrounding police misconduct and push back school start times in the frenzied final hours of the two-year legislative session.

     
  • California won't advance gay conversion therapy ban in 2018

    California won't advance gay conversion therapy ban in 2018

    Friday, August 31 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-09-01 02:03:50 GMT
    Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, watches the debate over a bill during the Assembly session Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Low announced Friday that he is ending his effort this year to pass a bill declaring gay conversion therapy a fraudulAssemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, watches the debate over a bill during the Assembly session Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Low announced Friday that he is ending his effort this year to pass a bill declaring gay conversion therapy a fraudul

    A California lawmaker said Friday he is ending his effort this year to pass a bill declaring gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice.

     

    A California lawmaker said Friday he is ending his effort this year to pass a bill declaring gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice.

     
  • California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

    California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

    Friday, August 31 2018 9:04 PM EDT2018-09-01 01:04:07 GMT
    Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in New York. The FCC is set to vote Dec. 14 whether to scrap Obama-era rules around open internet access that prevent phone and cable companies from favoringDemonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in New York. The FCC is set to vote Dec. 14 whether to scrap Obama-era rules around open internet access that prevent phone and cable companies from favoring

    Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether California should have the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules intended to ensure a level playing field on the internet after the measure cleared the final legislative hurdle on Friday.

     

    Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether California should have the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules intended to ensure a level playing field on the internet after the measure cleared the final legislative hurdle on Friday.

     
  • California police, cities fight statewide pot deliveries

    California police, cities fight statewide pot deliveries

    Friday, August 31 2018 6:40 PM EDT2018-08-31 22:40:53 GMT

    A growing dispute over where legal marijuana can be delivered in California is unsettling the nation's largest pot market.

     

    A growing dispute over where legal marijuana can be delivered in California is unsettling the nation's largest pot market.

     
  • Former 'ER' actress fatally shot by Pasadena police

    Former 'ER' actress fatally shot by Pasadena police

    Friday, August 31 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-08-31 19:43:30 GMT

    A woman fatally shot by South Pasadena police when she waved a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun at officers was identified today as an actress who had a recurring role in the medical drama "ER."

     

    A woman fatally shot by South Pasadena police when she waved a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun at officers was identified today as an actress who had a recurring role in the medical drama "ER."

     
  • Utility union benefits from California wildfire legislation

    Utility union benefits from California wildfire legislation

    Friday, August 31 2018 11:00 AM EDT2018-08-31 15:00:35 GMT

    Utility workers would get protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires.

     

    Utility workers would get protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires.

     
  • California's new bail overhaul plan would limit release of sex crime suspects

    California's new bail overhaul plan would limit release of sex crime suspects

    Thursday, August 30 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-08-30 15:29:18 GMT

    People arrested on suspicion of crimes that would require them to register as sex offenders would need a judge's approval to leave jail while awaiting trial under a change to the state's new landmark law ending bail.

     

    People arrested on suspicion of crimes that would require them to register as sex offenders would need a judge's approval to leave jail while awaiting trial under a change to the state's new landmark law ending bail.

     
  • News 8 Throwback: Mondavi in Napa, Hussong’s in Ensenada and what other fun places looked like 40 years ago

    News 8 Throwback: Mondavi in Napa, Hussong’s in Ensenada and what other fun places looked like 40 years ago

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-08-30 02:14:23 GMT

    In 1978, News 8 reporters traveled south of the border, across state lines and to the northern reaches of California to explore different vacation spots. See how four locales drew tourists 40 years ago with these clips from the News 8 archives.

     

    In 1978, News 8 reporters traveled south of the border, across state lines and to the northern reaches of California to explore different vacation spots. See how four locales drew tourists 40 years ago with these clips from the News 8 archives.

     
  • Woman sleeping in a box killed by crew clearing homeless camp in California

    Woman sleeping in a box killed by crew clearing homeless camp in California

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-08-30 00:08:36 GMT
    In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, Caltrans workers stand behind the American Budget Inn on Kansas Avenue in Modesto, Calif.In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, Caltrans workers stand behind the American Budget Inn on Kansas Avenue in Modesto, Calif.

    A homeless woman sleeping in a cardboard box was struck and killed by heavy machinery operated by a road crew clearing a homeless camp, police said Wednesday.

     

    A homeless woman sleeping in a cardboard box was struck and killed by heavy machinery operated by a road crew clearing a homeless camp, police said Wednesday.

     
  • Body found in fish tank in missing man's San Francisco home

    Body found in fish tank in missing man's San Francisco home

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-08-29 15:40:58 GMT
    This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Brian Egg. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Brian Egg. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)

    Officers found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

     

    Officers found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

     
  • Student allegedly rips MAGA hat off classmate's head, slaps teacher, facing battery charges

    Student allegedly rips MAGA hat off classmate's head, slaps teacher, facing battery charges

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 11:17 AM EDT2018-08-29 15:17:20 GMT

    Union Mine High School student is facing battery charges after an altercation in her classroom over a Donald  Trump "Make America Great Again" campaign hat, reports CBS Sacramento.

     

    Union Mine High School student is facing battery charges after an altercation in her classroom over a Donald  Trump "Make America Great Again" campaign hat, reports CBS Sacramento.

     
  • Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits in Los Angeles County, felt in San Diego

    Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits in Los Angeles County, felt in San Diego

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 10:48 AM EDT2018-08-29 14:48:16 GMT

    One of the first questions you're likely to be asked Wednesday will be "did you feel it?" -- a magnitude-4.4 earthquake that struck north of La Verne.

     

    One of the first questions you're likely to be asked Wednesday will be "did you feel it?" -- a magnitude-4.4 earthquake that struck north of La Verne.

     
  • Crews continue efforts to contain Holy Fire flare-up in the Cleveland National Forest

    Crews continue efforts to contain Holy Fire flare-up in the Cleveland National Forest

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 9:35 AM EDT2018-08-29 13:35:25 GMT

    Firefighters worked Tuesday to surround a flare- up that jumped containment lines of the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, burned about 150 acres and threatened communication towers on Santiago Peak in southern Orange County.

     

    Firefighters worked Tuesday to surround a flare- up that jumped containment lines of the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, burned about 150 acres and threatened communication towers on Santiago Peak in southern Orange County.

     
  • California becomes first state to end cash bail

    California becomes first state to end cash bail

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 9:26 AM EDT2018-08-29 13:26:40 GMT

    California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

     

    California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

     
  • #MeToo shifts California Capitol culture, but with hitches

    #MeToo shifts California Capitol culture, but with hitches

    Saturday, August 25 2018 3:21 PM EDT2018-08-25 19:21:32 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The close of the California legislative session brings a flurry of parties to toast victories and raise campaign cash, with more a dozen capital bars and restaurants hosting soirees on the busiest nights. After-hours events have been the scene of some of the most egregious sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced after the #MeToo reckoning hit the California Capitol last fall, prompting the resignations of three lawmakers and pledges of a cultural c...

     

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The close of the California legislative session brings a flurry of parties to toast victories and raise campaign cash, with more a dozen capital bars and restaurants hosting soirees on the busiest nights. After-hours events have been the scene of some of the most egregious sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced after the #MeToo reckoning hit the California Capitol last fall, prompting the resignations of three lawmakers and pledges of a cultural c...

     
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park part of international effort to save dwindling northern white rhinos

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park part of international effort to save dwindling northern white rhinos

    Thursday, August 23 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-08-23 19:12:09 GMT

    A new report from the International Rhino Foundation found three of the world's five rhino species could be lost within our lifetime. 

     

    A new report from the International Rhino Foundation found three of the world's five rhino species could be lost within our lifetime. 

     
  • California lawmakers pass bill to erase old pot convictions

    California lawmakers pass bill to erase old pot convictions

    Thursday, August 23 2018 10:10 AM EDT2018-08-23 14:10:57 GMT

    A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana criminal convictions was approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

     

    A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana criminal convictions was approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

     
  • Human arm found in Kern River

    Human arm found in Kern River

    Wednesday, August 22 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-08-22 15:57:43 GMT

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office says a bag containing a human arm was found in the Kern River. Lt. Henry Bravo tells The Bakersfield Californian several youths were swimming in the river east of Hart Park Sunday evening when they felt something unusual under them, grabbed the bag and looked inside. 

     

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office says a bag containing a human arm was found in the Kern River. Lt. Henry Bravo tells The Bakersfield Californian several youths were swimming in the river east of Hart Park Sunday evening when they felt something unusual under them, grabbed the bag and looked inside. 

     
  • Bill to end bail in California headed to Gov. Brown

    Bill to end bail in California headed to Gov. Brown

    Wednesday, August 22 2018 1:32 AM EDT2018-08-22 05:32:32 GMT

    A bill approved Tuesday by the California Senate to end bail and replace it with a risk-assessment system is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has indicated he supports it.

     

    A bill approved Tuesday by the California Senate to end bail and replace it with a risk-assessment system is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has indicated he supports it.

     
  • Freight train derails near Southern California's Cajon Pass

    Freight train derails near Southern California's Cajon Pass

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-08-21 19:40:46 GMT

    A freight train has derailed near Southern California's Cajon Pass. The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweets that 13 tank cars containing an unknown material went off the tracks Tuesday morning and at least two are leaking.

     

    A freight train has derailed near Southern California's Cajon Pass. The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweets that 13 tank cars containing an unknown material went off the tracks Tuesday morning and at least two are leaking.

     
  • San Diego County legislator accused of threatening to assault female lobbyist

    San Diego County legislator accused of threatening to assault female lobbyist

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:01 PM EDT2018-08-21 19:01:56 GMT

    A local lawmaker is under investigation accused of inappropriate behavior towards a female lobbyist. Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, is accused of threatening the woman and harassing her at a bar in Sacramento last week, it was reported Tuesday.

     

    A local lawmaker is under investigation accused of inappropriate behavior towards a female lobbyist. Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, is accused of threatening the woman and harassing her at a bar in Sacramento last week, it was reported Tuesday.

     
  • California prosecutors plan update on Golden State Killer case

    California prosecutors plan update on Golden State Killer case

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-08-21 01:43:49 GMT

    District attorneys from throughout the state will convene in Orange County on Tuesday to provide an update on prosecution of the Golden State Killer suspect, raising speculation the defendant's first trial may be held in Santa Ana. 

     

    District attorneys from throughout the state will convene in Orange County on Tuesday to provide an update on prosecution of the Golden State Killer suspect, raising speculation the defendant's first trial may be held in Santa Ana. 

     
  • Surf's up in California, where it's now the official sport

    Surf's up in California, where it's now the official sport

    Monday, August 20 2018 7:18 PM EDT2018-08-20 23:18:06 GMT
    Members of the North Bay surfing club upload their surf boards from a station wagon at Malibu Beach, California, United States on July 12, 1961, and hope they will have no trouble from rough riding surfers. (AP Photo)Members of the North Bay surfing club upload their surf boards from a station wagon at Malibu Beach, California, United States on July 12, 1961, and hope they will have no trouble from rough riding surfers. (AP Photo)

    Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport.

     

    Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport.

     
  • California wants to curb kids' soda habits

    California wants to curb kids' soda habits

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:27 PM EDT2018-08-20 16:27:34 GMT
    A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo Illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo Illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    California is stepping up efforts to curb children's consumption of sugary drinks with a bill that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would restrict what beverages restaurants may offer to kids.

     

    California is stepping up efforts to curb children's consumption of sugary drinks with a bill that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would restrict what beverages restaurants may offer to kids.

     
  • California drivers third worst in the nation, according to new report

    California drivers third worst in the nation, according to new report

    Sunday, August 19 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-08-20 01:37:47 GMT

    Buckle up, California. Drivers in the Golden State are some of the worst in the nation, at least according to data compiled by SmartAsset. 

     

    Buckle up, California. Drivers in the Golden State are some of the worst in the nation, at least according to data compiled by SmartAsset. 

     
  • California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

    California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-08-18 22:59:51 GMT

    California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.

     

    California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.

     
  • Holy Fire dogs up for adoption at Rancho Coastal Humane Society

    Holy Fire dogs up for adoption at Rancho Coastal Humane Society

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:55:35 GMT

    As firefighters make progress on the Holy Fire, which has devastated parts of Riverside and Orange counties, animal shelters in the impacted areas have had to make room for lost pets. To accommodate an influx of displaced dogs, some of the canines who were already in those shelters were moved to San Diego this week.

     

    As firefighters make progress on the Holy Fire, which has devastated parts of Riverside and Orange counties, animal shelters in the impacted areas have had to make room for lost pets. To accommodate an influx of displaced dogs, some of the canines who were already in those shelters were moved to San Diego this week.

     
  • Judge: Holy Fire arson suspect to undergo mental evaluations

    Judge: Holy Fire arson suspect to undergo mental evaluations

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:23 PM EDT2018-08-17 18:23:50 GMT

    With a judge questioning the defendant's mental competency, criminal proceedings were suspended Friday and a pair of psychiatric evaluations were ordered for the man accused of setting the nearly 23,000-acre Holy Fire that spans Orange and Riverside counties.

     

    With a judge questioning the defendant's mental competency, criminal proceedings were suspended Friday and a pair of psychiatric evaluations were ordered for the man accused of setting the nearly 23,000-acre Holy Fire that spans Orange and Riverside counties.

     
  • CHP officer arrested on suspicion of raping 12-year-old girl

    CHP officer arrested on suspicion of raping 12-year-old girl

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-08-16 20:21:52 GMT

    Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer in Northern California was arrested on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl.

     

    Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer in Northern California was arrested on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl.

     
  • CDC monitoring increase in measles cases in 21 states, including California

    CDC monitoring increase in measles cases in 21 states, including California

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-08-16 00:06:57 GMT

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring a possible measles outbreak in 21 states, including California. The other states included are Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C. 

     

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring a possible measles outbreak in 21 states, including California. The other states included are Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C. 

     
  • Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

    Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-08-15 20:26:04 GMT

    A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty.

     

    A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty.

     
  • Decomposing body found in pillar outside grocery store linked to fugitive in California

    Decomposing body found in pillar outside grocery store linked to fugitive in California

    Monday, August 13 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-08-13 18:19:05 GMT
    Aug 14, 2018 6:07 AM2018-08-14 10:07:00 GMT

    The discovery came after a store manager noticed the strange odor stemming from a pillar outside the entrance of a California supermarket. Thinking a sewage leak had occurred, the manager called a plumber, who chipped away at the pillar's brick to reveal a person's leg inside.

     

    The discovery came after a store manager noticed the strange odor stemming from a pillar outside the entrance of a California supermarket. Thinking a sewage leak had occurred, the manager called a plumber, who chipped away at the pillar's brick to reveal a person's leg inside.

     
  • Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

    Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 2:41 AM EDT2018-08-14 06:41:30 GMT
    FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Francisco Avendano, visiting from Madrid, Spain, photographs Half Dome as smoke from the Ferguson Fire hangs over Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Francisco Avendano, visiting from Madrid, Spain, photographs Half Dome as smoke from the Ferguson Fire hangs over Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

    The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his 120-person hotel just outside Yosemite. Most of the park is set to reopen Tuesday.

     

    The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his 120-person hotel just outside Yosemite. Most of the park is set to reopen Tuesday.

     
  • Falling ash from Holy Fire could be toxic

    Falling ash from Holy Fire could be toxic

    Sunday, August 12 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-08-12 23:15:06 GMT

    County health officials warned residents in and around the Holy Fire burn area to take precautions when cleaning up ash that has fallen on their cars, driveways and homes.

     

    County health officials warned residents in and around the Holy Fire burn area to take precautions when cleaning up ash that has fallen on their cars, driveways and homes.

     
  • Pilot killed when single-engine plane crashes in LA suburb

    Pilot killed when single-engine plane crashes in LA suburb

    Sunday, August 12 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-08-12 23:01:26 GMT

    Authorities say the pilot was killed when a small, single-engine aircraft crashed into a field near Interstate 5 in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

     

    Authorities say the pilot was killed when a small, single-engine aircraft crashed into a field near Interstate 5 in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

     
  • Border Patrol releases video of man breaking legs jumping from 30-foot border wall

    Border Patrol releases video of man breaking legs jumping from 30-foot border wall

    Friday, August 10 2018 4:05 PM EDT2018-08-10 20:05:13 GMT

    A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.

     

    A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.

     
  • Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts

    Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts

    Thursday, August 9 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-08-10 03:58:01 GMT

    The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.

     

    The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.

     
  • Carla Provost is named Border Patrol's first female chief

    Carla Provost is named Border Patrol's first female chief

    Thursday, August 9 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-08-09 17:25:43 GMT

    The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history.

     

    The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history.

     
  • 14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

    14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 11:28 PM EDT2018-08-09 03:28:26 GMT
    An inmate crew marches to the fire at Old West Ranch where residents were evacuated due to a wildfire about 10 miles southeast of the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi, Calif., Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP Photo by Alex Gallardo)An inmate crew marches to the fire at Old West Ranch where residents were evacuated due to a wildfire about 10 miles southeast of the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi, Calif., Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP Photo by Alex Gallardo)

    Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September.

     

    Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September.

     
  • Authorities say they've busted large Mexico-to-US drug ring

    Authorities say they've busted large Mexico-to-US drug ring

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 11:24 PM EDT2018-08-09 03:24:37 GMT
    Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles, right, speaks with reporters at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.  (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles, right, speaks with reporters at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

    Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, authorities said.

     

    Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, authorities said.

     
  • California lawmakers ask DMV officials about long lines

    California lawmakers ask DMV officials about long lines

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 8:29 PM EDT2018-08-09 00:29:19 GMT

    California lawmakers are seeking answers from the Department of Motor Vehicles about hourslong wait times that have prompted public outcry.

     

    California lawmakers are seeking answers from the Department of Motor Vehicles about hourslong wait times that have prompted public outcry.

     
  • Caught on Camera: Bear opens car door, steals snack in Lake Tahoe

    Caught on Camera: Bear opens car door, steals snack in Lake Tahoe

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-08-07 23:35:10 GMT

    Security cameras inside and outside residential properties have become more common in recent years. Just last week, News 8 reported on car thieves in Spring Valley caught on video rummaging through the contents of a homeowner’s vehicles. Now we’ve got footage of a different kind of thief also courtesy of a home security cam.

     

    Security cameras inside and outside residential properties have become more common in recent years. Just last week, News 8 reported on car thieves in Spring Valley caught on video rummaging through the contents of a homeowner’s vehicles. Now we’ve got footage of a different kind of thief also courtesy of a home security cam.

     
  • Challenge Accepted: CHP, San Diego Sheriffs take on Lip Sync Challenge

    Challenge Accepted: CHP, San Diego Sheriffs take on Lip Sync Challenge

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 2:42 PM EDT2018-08-07 18:42:44 GMT

    Law enforcement agencies around the country are taking part in the Lip Sync Challenge that has gone viral and after the California Highway Patrol is stepped up to the mic last week, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department added their voices to the mix Monday.

     

    Law enforcement agencies around the country are taking part in the Lip Sync Challenge that has gone viral and after the California Highway Patrol is stepped up to the mic last week, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department added their voices to the mix Monday.

     
  • California appeals ruling to let border wall proceed

    California appeals ruling to let border wall proceed

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-08-07 15:58:41 GMT

    A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday by the state of California and advocacy groups who contend the Trump administration overreached by waiving environmental reviews to speed construction of the president's prized border wall with Mexico.

     

    A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday by the state of California and advocacy groups who contend the Trump administration overreached by waiving environmental reviews to speed construction of the president's prized border wall with Mexico.

     
  • Mendocino Complex now California's largest wildfire in history

    Mendocino Complex now California's largest wildfire in history

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-08-07 14:02:24 GMT

    Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California.

     

    Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California.

     
  • Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico's coast

    Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico's coast

    Monday, August 6 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-08-07 01:43:21 GMT
    Photo Courtesy of NOAA via NOAA's Twitter AccountPhoto Courtesy of NOAA via NOAA's Twitter Account

    One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

     

    One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

     
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