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Hiker dies after falling from Yosemite’s Half Dome trail

May 22, 2018 — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A hiker in Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions, authorities said Tuesday. The National Park Service said the accident occurred Monday at about 4:30 p.m. in the

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2 men killed while hiking, climbing in Sequoia National Park

May 15, 2018 — SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Authorities say a hiker and a climber have fallen to their deaths on icy routes in California’s Sequoia National Park. The park says 29-year-old Anton Dokov of San Diego was killed on Sunday when he slipped on the Watchtower section

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Judge tosses California law allowing life-ending drugs

May 15, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge on Tuesday threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia said lawmakers acted illegally in passing the law

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California sports betting would need constitutional change

May 15, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Voters would have to change California’s Constitution before legal sports betting could come to the nation’s most populous state, state lawmakers and tribes who run the state’s casinos said Monday. Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced immediately said he will push a

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1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA

May 15, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be the

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Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

May 15, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations

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Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

May 14, 2018 — WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down

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El Dorado joins other California counties in lawsuit against drug makers for role in opioid epidemic

May 11, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — El Dorado and dozens of other California counties are suing drug makers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of 64,000 people in the United States in

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California has slow start to marijuana tax collections

May 11, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — So far, there’s been no tax windfall from legal marijuana in California. Broad legal sales kicked off on Jan. 1, and state officials had estimated that California would bank $175 million from cultivation and excise taxes by the end of June. But

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California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

May 11, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. The new building standard — unanimously approved by the five-member California Energy Commission —

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Get ready for the most expensive driving season in years

April 30, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — Get ready for a little bit more pain at the pump this summer. Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and expected to climb higher, pushing up gasoline prices along the way. The U.S. daily national

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Rent control backers say they expect to qualify for ballot

April 23, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Backers of an initiative to allow more rent control in California say they have gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot. Roughly 200 supporters cheered the announcement at a Monday rally on the steps of the state Capitol. The initiative would

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Condemned Northern California house sells for $1.23 million

April 19, 2018 — FREMONT, Calif. — A condemned Northern California house with holes in the roof and mildew in the pipes sold last month for $1.23 million, a price tag that highlights how a housing shortage is fueling skyrocketing home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Listing

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San Francisco to require permits for rental scooters

April 19, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is ordering three companies that began renting motorized foot-pedal scooters in the city last month to stop operating until they can ensure riders are obeying state laws and that the devices are not a hazard to the public. City Attorney

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Yosemite reopens after flooding from California deluge

April 8, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Yosemite National Park reopened Sunday after flooding that washed out roads during a strong Pacific storm, park officials said. Forecasters said up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell over two days as rivers swelled in Northern California. Roads within Yosemite

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Late snow helps bookings climb in Tahoe area in March

April 6, 2018 — A surge in snowfall at the end of February gave many western ski resorts a boost in bookings, but it probably won't be enough to recover from a slow start to the winter season for some lodging establishments. Bookings made in February for arrivals in

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Weather: Late-season atmospheric river storm takes aim at California

April 4, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — A late-season atmospheric river over the Pacific is taking aim at northern and central California. The National Weather Service says the “robust” plume of subtropical moisture is well offshore Wednesday but stretches all the way to Hawaii. Forecasters say it’s not clear

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Truckee inches closer to allowing commercial cannabis delivery services

April 1, 2018 — A proposal to allow commercial cannabis delivery services in the town of Truckee inched closer to reality Tuesday, March 27, after some headway was made on the issue. The Truckee Planning Commission agreed on a number of conditions for delivery services that should help shape

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Yosemite park icon Bridalveil Fall to get $13M upgrade

March 29, 2018 — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A Yosemite National Park landmark is set to get a $13 million upgrade. The San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday that park officials are putting the final touches on a restoration plan for the base of Bridalveil Fall, the first

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California regulators target web ads for illegal pot shops

March 28, 2018 — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place selling it and ratings

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