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States move to legalize CBD to end confusion over US rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The...

 

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...

 

California police: Cold case murder solved with DNA database

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California authorities said Wednesday that they have cracked a 45-year-old murder case using the same publicly available DNA database that led to the arrest of alleged serial killer Joseph DeAngelo. Officers arrested...

 

Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — She was a self-described "adrenaline junkie," and he took "wow-worthy photos" of the couple posing at the edge of cliffs and jumping from planes that appeared on social media and a travel blog that attracted thousands of...

 

Monsanto weed killer ruling is 1st step in long legal battle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With its stock dropping and more lawsuits expected, Monsanto vowed Tuesday to press on with a nationwide legal defense of its best-selling weed killer Roundup after a San Francisco judge upheld a verdict alleging it causes...

 

Police say teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday. The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least...

 

Senator: White House drug office vows objective pot study

A White House drug office official has offered assurances that a marijuana policy panel will be objective and dispassionate as it examines the impact of legalization in some states, a Colorado senator said. The vow came after BuzzFeed reported in...

 

California slayings suspect yells 'I am not guilty!' to jury

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A career criminal accused by authorities of raping and killing six women in the 1970s yelled "I am not guilty!" to a jury at the start of his trial Friday for two of the killings. Rodney Halbower also yelled "I have neve...

 

Judge rejects plea deals in deadly Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual move, a California judge on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after a 2016 California warehouse fire. As he handed down his decision, Judge...

 

Biggest blaze in California history challenges firefighters

Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to be nearly the size of Los Angeles in just 11 days. The...

 

Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as state battles 17 blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California...

 

Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds...

 

Mother of girl declared dead twice slams doctors at funeral

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After battling for more than four years to keep a comatose daughter declared brain dead from being issued a California death certificate, Nailah Winkfield forcefully told mourners at her daughter's funeral service Friday to s...

 

Recall of judge in Brock Turner case stirs courtroom concern

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The leader of the successful recall of a Northern California judge for an unpopular sexual assault sentence warned that the results show women's rights and the #MeToo movement are now a potent political force that politicians...

 

Hacker gets 5 years for Russian-linked Yahoo security breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young computer hacker who prosecutors say unwittingly worked with a Russian spy agency was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for using data stolen in a massive Yahoo data breach to gain access to private emails. U.S....

 

420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a homage to pot's enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smo...

 

Many 'unknowns' in SUV cliff plunge that killed family of 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nobody answered the door when a child-welfare worker went to the Washington state home of the big, free-spirited Hart family to investigate a neighbor's complaint that the youngsters were going hungry. Three days later, the Har...

 

Officials seek clues in SUV cliff crash that likely killed 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Accident-reconstruction investigators are trying to figure out what caused an SUV carrying a family to plunge off a California cliff in a deadly wreck that happened shortly after child-welfare authorities went to their home to...

 

Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions' new policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California's $7 billion...

 

Immigrant acquitted of US killing sentenced for gun charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate was sentenced Friday to time served for illegal gun possession. San Francisco Superior Court Judge...

 

Police find California gunman's wife dead in their home

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from the attack to five. Investigators...

 

Blazes light up California pot farms ahead of legalization

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing...

 
 By Paul Elias    Regional    August 18, 2017

Auditor: California women's inmate suicide rate too high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suicides spiked at a California women's prison after officials failed to properly prepare for the transfer of 400 of the state's most dangerous female inmates to the facility, the state auditor said Thursday. In a report...

 
 By Paul Elias    Regional    May 3, 2017

Ex-student pleads to California school rampage that killed 7

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A disgruntled former nursing student pleaded no contest Tuesday to killing seven people at a Northern California vocational college and will spend the rest of his life in prison. One Goh also pleaded no contest Tuesday to...

 

Berkeley campus chaos spurs questions at free-speech bastion

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chaos that erupted at the University of California, Berkeley, to oppose right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shocking not just for the images of protesters setting fires, smashing windows and hurling explosives at...

 

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