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A woman who went missing more than a week ago was found dead Wednesday in the crawl space of her parents’ Malibu home, authorities said. The body was confirmed to be that of 53-year-old Julia Christine
Satellite photos dramatically illustrate the effects of a dry winter on California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack
Two satellite photos released by the National Weather Service in Sacramento tell the story of California’s dry winter. The photo above on the left shows the Sierra Nevada blanketed with snow on Feb. 18,
U.S. immigration agents have arrested two people at a Northern California courthouse, including a man detained in a hallway on his way to a hearing, flouting a new state law requiring a judicial warrant
As the number of people under self-supervised home quarantine across Southern California continued to grow, and the federal quarantine at Miramar air base neared an end, San Diego County supervisors Wednesday
The former boyfriend of prominent marriage and family therapist Amie Harwick has been charged with one count of murder and was re-arrested Wednesday after bailing out of jail Tuesday night. Prosecutors
Following a golf fundraiser outside Palm Springs, President Trump swung through Bakersfield on Wednesday to claim credit for sending “a magnificent amount” of water to Central Valley farms. As a cheering
Nearly five years after Robert Durst was arrested in connection with the execution-style slaying of his best friend, dozens of potential jurors who could decide his fate filled a Westside courtroom Wednesday
A pregnant Guatemalan woman arrested on suspicion of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization over the weekend gave birth about a half hour later in a Chula Vista Border Patrol station, authorities
Authorities said it’s too early to determine a motive for the slaying of up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke, who was fatally shot early Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home. While initial reports described
The former boyfriend of prominent marriage and family therapist Amie Harwick has been released from custody after being arrested in connection with her slaying over the weekend, records show. Gareth Pursehouse,
Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a deadly fire at a public library in Central California that left one firefighter dead and another missing, officials said Wednesday. Porterville
President Trump stopped in Rancho Mirage for a golf fundraiser Wednesday, then later flew to Bakersfield, part of a trip aimed at shoring up Central Valley Republicans ahead of California’s March 3 primary.
A group of people, including one wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, burst into a posh Hollywood Hills home early Wednesday and fatally shot up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke, police said. Los Angeles
A decorated detective, a suspected mobster: How a secret alliance ended in claims of blood and betrayal
The Escalade was headed down a dreary and industrial stretch of road in Commerce when the first bullet buried itself in the driver’s back. He stomped on the gas. Bullets slammed into the car. Blood leaked
California voters legalized pot in 2016. But for many seeking jobs in state government, cannabis use has become an obstacle to getting hired. Now, a spike in the number of job applicants disqualified state
They want to help. That’s what we keep hearing from President Trump’s minions about California’s massive homelessness crisis. Trump’s homeless czar, Robert Marbut, was in town last week, and I got a chance
Jury selection in the murder trial of eccentric millionaire Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” is set to begin this week in Los Angeles.
One firefighter was fatally injured and another was missing Tuesday evening after dozens of first responders rushed to put out a fire that engulfed the Porterville, Calif., library. Officials said at news
The bodies of three men killed in a Perris cemetery were found Monday morning near the grave of a man killed in Mexico in December, prompting investigators to look into whether the killings are connected.
After two weeks pent up at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the first group of coronavirus evacuees to arrive in San Diego finally got to leave Tuesday. Shortly after a final round of health checks, procession
Insurance companies fleeing high-risk fire zones would have to stay put and even offer discounts if homeowners in those areas prepare for wildfires on a community-wide scale, under a new bill proposed
A former drug dealer who played a pivotal role in a deadly arson that claimed 10 lives in a Los Angeles apartment complex in 1993 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Tuesday, officials said. Johanna
Since she started her new job in San Diego a couple months ago, Willow the English Labrador has already proven her worth to handler Ron Burleson. The 2-year-old pup, specially trained to sniff out electronic
Drew Carey endorses petition to reform domestic violence laws following death of ex-fiancee Amie Harwick
An online petition to reform domestic violence laws following the death of Amie Harwick, a prominent marriage and family therapist who authorities allege was attacked by an ex-boyfriend, had attracted
Concerned too many Californians were unaware they would face a hefty fine for not having health insurance, officials on Tuesday loosened a state law meant to push uninsured residents into buying medical