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Firefighters begin to get deadly California blaze under control

(Reuters) - Firefighters have begun to contain a wildfire in central California, which has killed at least two people and destroyed 150 homes, state fire officials said on Sunday, as six other blazes rage in the state in an already intense wildfire season.<p>The fire known as Erskine, now about 110 …

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California Boy, 9, Swims to Alcatraz Island and Back, Breaks Record

Just keep swimming.<p>That's what helped 9-year-old James Savage brave strong currents and cold water Tuesday morning as he swam from the San Francisco shoreline to Alcatraz Island and back — a total distance of over two miles.<p>James — at just 4-foot-6 and 57 pounds — was able to set a record as the …

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Trump's 'fishy' statements about the California drought

Donald Trump recently made claims about California including that there's a focus on fish over human welfare. Was he right? Read the post at FactCheck.org>

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Success of Jerry Brown, and California, Offers Lesson to National Democrats

SACRAMENTO — When Bernie Sanders held a rally at an outdoor stadium here the other night, more than 15,000 people turned out in a display of cheering, chanting, singing and cartwheels.<p>Gov. Jerry Brown, the state’s most prominent Democrat, was not there, but he might as well have been. Mr. Sanders’s …

Reality stars and xenophobes: Trump's California delegates mirror their maker

It’s not every day that billionaire PayPal founder Peter Thiel ends up on a list with a white nationalist. But toss in a bounty hunter, a Tea Party couple from Wife Swap, a border vigilante and a University of California Berkeley undergraduate and you have the makings of Donald Trump’s California …

Thanks a lot, Indiana: Here's what California Republicans could have had

You can't say it doesn't sting. California's role as the closing prize of the primary campaign season has been sundered by little Indiana, where a sweeping victory handed the title "presumptive Republican nominee" to Donald Trump.<p>Gone are visions of GOP candidates chowing down at In-N-Out, walking …

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California unions crush bid to open their books

California’s public employee unions used their muscle this week to fight back a legislative bid to open their books, killing in committee a bill that would force them to post online how dues are spent -- and a second bill requiring a union vote every two years.<p>"These members want to belong to a …

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California Ballot Lets Incumbents Define Themselves

And most have no problem highlighting their ties to Congress<p>With congressional job approval hovering in the low teens, giving incumbents the …

Trump's delegate hunt and how California may complicate his path

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's delegate hunt and California complications, a Clinton money push and why our nervous neighbors are watching the U.S. presidential race so closely: these and more on our "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get tomorrow's headlines today.<p>1) Not all delegates are …

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Trump's visit shines spotlight on California Republican Party's immigration dilemma

Donald Trump's emphasis on illegal immigration has propelled his presidential campaign to the threshold of winning the Republican nomination, but it risks huge collateral damage to a California state party that has worked to distance itself from the immigration wars of two decades ago.<p>Trump …

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Demonstrators storm California GOP convention to protest Trump

Burlingame, California (CNN)Hundreds of demonstrators descended on the California Republican Convention Friday to protest Donald Trump ahead of his speech.<p>Protesters -- some of whom wore bandanas over their faces and carried Mexican flags -- blocked off the road in front of the Hyatt Regency here, …

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Trump forced from his motorcade amid chaotic protests at California convention

Protesters in California forced Donald Trump to leave his motorcade and walk along a highway on Friday, amid chaotic demonstrations in which activists torched an American flag and set fire to an effigy of the Republican frontrunner.<p>Hundreds of protesters repeatedly tried to storm the hotel where …

California Republicans Move Into Spotlight, With Prospect Of Crowning Trump

Donald Trump has called himself the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But he can't become the <i>real</i> presumptivenominee without first gaining a lot of votes in the California primary on June 7 – the last day of voting on the GOP primary calendar.<p>It's the first time in decades that …

San Francisco Politics

Protesters take to streets after Trump rally in California

Costa Mesa, California (CNN)Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event here, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd.<p>The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair & Event …

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Bernie Sanders to Cut Hundreds of Staff Members and Turn to California

Senator Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California, he said in an interview Wednesday.<p>The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after losing four of the five states that voted Tuesday and …

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Calif. lawmaker brushes back Schilling over transgender bathroom post

A California lawmaker with a transgender granddaughter fired a beanball at Curt Schilling, calling the former ESPN commentator and baseball great’s comments on restroom access “hate-filled" and intolerant.<p>Democratic Rep. Mike Honda cuttingly referenced Schilling’s illustrious baseball career as …

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California communities beg for relief from drought restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California communities where a wet winter has filled reservoirs and begun ameliorating the state's catastrophic four-year drought begged water regulators on Wednesday to reduce or eliminate emergency conservation measures imposed last year.<p>Facing pushback from …

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California mass transit cracks down on 'seat hogs' and 'manspreaders'

Subway etiquette in California is on the move.<p>In the car-choked cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, public transit commuters fed up with "seat hogs" and "manspreaders" will soon find relief as transit agencies crack down on passengers occupying more than their share of space as others are left …

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California to expand paid family leave for new parents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will increase the amount of money new parents can receive through the state's paid family leave program under a bill to be signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, his office said Friday.<p>The measure, passed last month by the state legislature, …

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California governor signs $15-an-hour minimum wage into law

Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill raising California's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor.<p>The move marks the culmination of a deal Brown brokered with labor …

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California governor announces landmark $15 minimum wage deal

California governor Jerry Brown has announced a deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, marking the largest victory to date of the national “Fight for $15” campaign to raise pay for low-income workers.<p>“It’s a matter of economic justice, it makes sense, and it will help our …

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Plot twist: Long ignored, California could be deciding factor in GOP race

Just one month before the Republican presidential convention, the fate of the party's primary race could be determined in the unlikeliest of battlegrounds: California.<p>The state, voting alongside several others on June 7, was never expected to be a major factor this year due to its late position on …

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The Latest: Clinton laments GOP's 'implacable hostility'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times EDT):<p>12:15 a.m.<p>Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is brushing aside speculation that her husband Bill recently made comments that were critical of President Barack Obama.<p>In a West Coast appearance earlier this …

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Magnitude 3.1 earthquake strikes Northern California

Two small, 3.1 magnitude earthquakes shook Northern California on Sunday afternoon.<p>The United States Geological Survey recorded the tremors within six seconds of each other just after 12:30 p.m. The epicenter was near the Lake County town of Cobb, about 16 miles northeast of Healdsburg.<p>The small …

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In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

As Californians hope for rain and snow to end the state's extreme drought, a decades-old rule prohibits reservoirs from filling up in the winter, so some water ends up being released.<p>The rule may sound odd given how chronically dry California is, but it's actually to prevent a bigger disaster: …

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California Becomes Second State to Raise Smoking Age from 18 to 21

Following Hawaii<p>(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)—California lawmakers voted Thursday to make the nation’s most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.<p>Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown still must sign off …

California methane leak was biggest ever in U.S., scientists say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The months-long natural gas leak that forced thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes ranks as the largest known accidental methane release in U.S. history, equal to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 600,000 cars, scientists reported on Thursday.<p>At its …

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Michael Short for Re/code<p>Gavin Newsom was San Francisco’s mayor and wants to be California’s governor — but he’s the first person to admit that government can’t fix everything.<p>On the latest episode of “<b>Re/code Decode</b>,” Newsom told <b>Re/code</b> Executive Editor Kara Swisher that he wants tech companies to …

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Magnitude 4.9 quake hits near Bakersfield, California: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 4.9 quake struck northwest of Bakersfield, California, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.<p>The quake was extremely shallow, just over 1,000 feet (some 320 meters) below the surface of the Earth. It was centered three miles (six km) southwest from the town of Wasco, …