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Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley...

 

Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a...

 

10-year-old Colorado girl 'overwhelmed' after Yosemite climb

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 10-year-old Colorado girl scaled Yosemite National Park's El Capitan and may have become the youngest person to climb one of the most celebrated and challenging peaks in the world. Selah Schneiter of Glenwood Springs,...

 

San Francisco police release sketch of "Doodler' killer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details...

 

Yosemite rangers recover bodies of 2 who fell from overlook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park rangers have recovered the bodies of two people who fell 800 feet (245 meters) from a popular overlook after working to reach them for hours, an official said Friday. Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards said...

 

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare...

 

Immigration head blames Oakland mayor for 800 missed arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 800 "criminals" avoided immigration arrests because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets, according to a federal official. Thomas...

 

Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As... Full story

 

'Praying to have business': Workers hit hard by wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state's deadliest...

 

Smoke, ash from wildfires blanket California cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians on Tuesday saw their lawns covered in ash and air filled with smoke as firefighters battled ferocious wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state. The fast-moving blazes produced thick, gr...

 

Flash, bang, and blood: Hiker tells harrowing lightning tale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There was no rain, no rumbling, no sign of danger before the blinding flash and deafening bang of a lightning bolt threw Mathias Steinhuber to the ground, tore off his clothes and burned a gaping hole in his shoe. The...

 

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