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Power switched off in Northern California amid fire fears

October 15, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California’s biggest utility has taken the unprecedented step of cutting electricity for tens of thousands of customers in an attempt to prevent wildfires amid rising winds and official warnings on Monday of extreme fire danger. Pacific Gas & Electric began turning

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Governor candidates spar on vision for California

October 8, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Republican John Cox attempted to lay California's high cost of living at the feet of Democrat Gavin Newsom during a debate Monday, while Newsom warned that Cox would govern like President Donald Trump. The hour-long public radio debate remained civil, with the

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Placer County Court rules against Squaw Valley case seeking to sanction Sierra Watch

October 6, 2018 — A Placer County judge ruled against Squaw Valley Resort after the company attempted to sanction Sierra Watch to collect $226,893 in attorney fees from the environmental nonprofit organization. The sanction was sought against Sierra Watch after it had failed in a lawsuit against Placer County

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New underwater trail in Emerald Bay takes divers on tour of Lake Tahoe maritime history (video)

October 2, 2018 — Few places have been viewed more than Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. The iconic inlet is one of the most visited areas of Big Blue — by boat, vehicle or bike — and one of the most photographed locations in the United States.

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California marks another dry water year

October 1, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California began a new water year Monday with some rain falling or in the immediate forecast after 12 months of below-average precipitation. The Department of Water Resources said the Oct.1-Sept. 30 water year that ended Sunday was marked by hot and dry

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Nevada Secretary of State posts 2018 ballot question information

September 27, 2018 — The secretary of state’s office has posted an informational booklet that provides the wording and a brief summary of all six statewide ballot questions that will appear on the November ballot. The booklet also provides fiscal notes explaining the potential financial impact of each question

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California governor blocks later school start time mandate

September 21, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Thursday requiring that California middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., saying the decision of when to start classes should be up to schools not the state. Supporters of the bill cited research

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California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

September 20, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child’s meal at a California restaurant, you’ll need to ask for them starting next year. A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to

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California scraps helmet mandate for motorized scooters

September 20, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians soon won’t have to wear helmets while zipping around on motorized scooters. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday requiring helmets only for people under age 18. It’s a win for companies such as Bird and Lime that operate the popular scooters

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Reno sets record for hottest summer 2nd year in a row

September 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — For the second year in a row, Reno sizzled through its hottest summer on record. The National Weather Service says the average daytime high for June, July and August was 93.6 degrees (34.2 Celsius). That’s one-third of a degree hotter than the

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California governor vetoes bill to ban per-signature payment

September 18, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown has once again vetoed a bill that would have banned paying people based on the number of signatures they collect for ballot initiatives. In the veto message he released Tuesday, Brown quoted his previous veto message from 2011,

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Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study

September 18, 2018 — SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. The University of California

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Northern California deputy killed by gunfire, second wounded

September 18, 2018 — RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — One Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was killed Monday and another wounded after exchanging gunfire with a suspect at an auto shop just outside of the capital city. A man, whose identity has not released, shot and killed 27-year-old Deputy Mark Stasyuk

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Role of technology increasing in wildfire fights

September 17, 2018 — ELKO, Nev. — Wildland firefighters are still the heart and soul of the battle against raging blazes, but a technology boom is playing an increasing role in efforts to snuff out flames. Today’s firefighters count on accurate data from satellites and heat-sensing instruments to chart

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California campaign watchdog investigates gas tax campaign

September 13, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s campaign watchdog said Wednesday it is investigating whether a campaign to preserve the state’s recent gas tax hike violated finance rules. The Fair Political Practices Commission will look into a complaint filed by the opposing campaign that alleges state employees distributed

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Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

September 8, 2018 — Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

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Former El Dorado County judge, California attorney general candidate faces ethics panel

September 4, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republicans’ nominee for California state attorney general is facing an ethics tribunal just two months before the November election. Former judge Steven Bailey is accused of using his office to further his statewide campaign, improperly accepting gifts and steering business to a

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Californians could ride scooters without helmets under bill

August 31, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians could ride motorized scooters without helmets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. Lawmakers in the California Assembly passed the bill Wednesday. It would let adults ride the devices without helmets and allow riders to travel on faster-moving streets. The bill

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Firefighters declare massive Redding blaze fully contained

August 30, 2018 — REDDING, Calif. — A massive California wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed eight lives has been fully contained. State fire officials said Thursday that the Carr Fire is surrounded. However, firefighters will continue to patrol the area for several days and crews

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California bill to ban paying per signature for ballot measures passes

August 24, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have again sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to ban paying people based on the number of signatures they collect to place initiatives on the ballot.The state Senate voted 25-14 Thursday to send the measure to Brown, who vetoed a

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