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 By JANIE HAR    Regional    October 16, 2020

DOJ charges Texas billionaire in $2 billion tax fraud scheme

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman on Thursday with a $2 billion tax fraud scheme in what they say is the largest such case against an American. Department of Justice officials said at a news...

 

California wildfires some of largest in state history

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California exploded in size Friday to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures as reinforcements began...

 

California wildfires chase people from homes into smoky air

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews worked in blistering heat Wednesday to beat back wildfires that ignited across Northern California, sending thousands of people from their homes into smoky air, briefly halting traffic on an interstate and killing a...

 

Testing tech ideas in public? San Francisco says get permit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public....

 

Teacher, Arizona couple among missing California divers

SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) — A broken-hearted mother posted on her Facebook page Tuesday that her three daughters, their father and his wife were among those presumed dead after flames engulfed a dive boat off Southern California over the...

 

Film captures the loss of black San Franciscans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." His tale is a familiar one in affluent U.S. cities. Like his...

 

California man learns he's dying from doctor on robot video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ernest Quintana's family knew he was dying of chronic lung disease when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, unable to breathe. But they were devastated when a robot machine rolled into his room in the intensive care unit...

 

100 days after Paradise burned, the stories of the victims

On that frantic morning, TK Huff was calm. The 71-year-old amputee sat in his wheelchair, pointing a garden hose at what quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California history. Nobody knew at the time, early on Nov. 8, how bad it would be. When...

 

Dwindling list of missing people brings relief to burn area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The search for people unaccounted for after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century is winding down in Northern California, with just 11 names left on a fluctuating list that once approached 1,300 and prompted fears t...

 

Number of missing hard to peg in deadly California wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities have released a list of more than 600 people who are unaccounted for after a deadly Northern California wildfire — but that doesn't mean they are all actually missing. Some of the people on the ever-evolving list...

 

Global summit rebukes Trump, cheers on work to aid climate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of mayors, climate activists and business leaders from around the world descended Thursday on San Francisco to cheer on efforts to reduce global warming, even after U.S. President Donald J. Trump signaled his disdain...

 

No time to grieve: Wildfires hit emergency workers hard

For the past week, Robert Tierney Jr. has been registering patients at a Northern California hospital in the mornings and checking out possible rentals after work, trying to count his blessings even though his house is one of the more than 1,000...

 

More than 1,000 homes torched in California wildfires

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has...

 

New fire erupts in Northern California; homes threatened

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters struggling to contain destructive Northern California wildfires found themselves facing a new blaze that erupted Tuesday and drove through a rural area near a national forest. About 60 homes in an old...

 

Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert "Big Man" Howard dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elbert "Big Man" Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group's popular social programs, has died at age 80. His wife, Carole Hyams, s...

 

DA: Children in California home were strangled, waterboarded

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors allege in court documents filed Wednesday that the 10 children rescued from a Northern California home were punched, kicked, strangled, shot with a BB gun and subjected to waterboarding by their father and their...

 

Police plan lengthy investigation of YouTube shooter's past

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities on Thursday promised a deeper investigation into the YouTube shooter's past and her anger with the online video website, identified as her motive for attacking the company's headquarters in California. "This will...

 

Gunman takes hostages at party at largest US veterans home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A gunman slipped into an employee going-away party at the largest veterans home in the United States and took at least three people hostage Friday, leading to a lockdown of the sprawling grounds in California, authorities...

 

Dutoit steps down from Royal orchestra amid sex allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Charles Dutoit has stepped down as artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra following multiple allegations of sexual assault, the orchestra said Wednesday. The renowned conductor's...

 

Dutoit out at 8 symphonies amid sexual assault accusations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stellar career of world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit has come crashing down in the wake of sexual assault accusations by three singers and a musician. Symphonies from Boston to Sydney have severed ties with the...

 

Rich homeowners urge San Francisco to return sold-off street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An investor scooped up one of the toniest private streets in San Francisco after its wealthy owners didn't pay property taxes for years, a sale that the well-connected homeowners want city leaders to reverse Tuesday. By taking...

 

School workers thwart gunman who could have hurt dozens more

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — A gunman on a deadly mission rushed onto the grounds of a tiny elementary school in rural Northern California where small children were straggling into classrooms after getting dropped off for another day of...

 

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to...

 

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