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The charred remains of a property is shown near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Some evacuees from huge California wildfire return to ruins

About 800 of the thousands who fled a fierce Northern California wildfire were allowed to return home, but for some, the relief quickly turned to grief when they found only remnants of the places they left

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FILE -- In this July 9, 2014 file photo a woman works among drought-tolerant plants in her front yard in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)
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California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

California says water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing governor's conservation target.

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FILE - In this May 18, 2015, file photo, irrigation pipes hang along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Gimmicks and technology – California learns to save water

Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess -- a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.

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Centers For Disease Control Says Flu Epidemic Worsening Across Country
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California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country after a series of emotionally charged debates.

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Police SWAT members move to take position at the scene of a shooting at a medical clinic in Fresno, California
Police SWAT members move to take position at the scene of a shooting at a medical clinic in Fresno, California (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, John Walker)
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Man, woman found dead after Fresno office shooting

A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

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Jennifer Wonnacutt, with 8-month-old son, Gavin, supports for proposed California legislation that would require vaccination of all school children. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Jennifer Wonnacutt, with 8-month-old son, Gavin, supports for proposed California legislation that would require vaccination of all school children. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

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Pamela Devitt
Pamela Devitt (AP Photo/Department of Motor Vehicles, File)
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Pit bull owner gets at least 15 years in fatal mauling of woman

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

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Women shade themselves from the sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
Women shade themselves from the sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
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Triple-digit fall temperatures are roasting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While people in some other parts of the country are watching the leaves turn a kaleidoscope of fall colors as they contemplate unpacking winter clothes, California is roasting under an autumn heat wave.

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Misty Holt Singh was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/Singh Family)
Misty Holt Singh was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Singh Family)
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Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

FRESNO, California (AP) -- While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said Saturday they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one at the same branch hit this week.

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US judge rules against California death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

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