• FDA Adds California to States With Salmonella Linked to Pre-Cut Melon

    Health officials on Thursday added California to a list of states they say residents should avoid pre-cut melon that has been linked to salmonella. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Caito Foods LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys containing at least one of those melons that were […]

  • County’s First West Nile Infections of 2018 Confirmed

    Riverside County’s first two West Nile virus infections of the year were confirmed today by the Department of Public Health. According to county officials, a 74-year-old Riverside woman and a 50-year-old Eastvale man were admitted to hospitals for treatment. Both are expected to fully recover. The Department of Public Health said the patients underwent tests […]

  • California 3-Way Split Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

    A long-odds effort to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Tuesday. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the initiative is eligible for the Nov. 6 general election. The initiative is spearheaded by billionaire venture capitalist and bitcoin enthusiast Tim Draper. The split would look like this: […]

  • Thefts Rise After California Reduces Criminal Penalties

    California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the […]

  • Palm Springs City Council Recognized for Historic LGBTQ Status

    The Palm Springs City Council, which became the nation’s first entirely-LGBTQ governing body last fall, was recognized by the California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus in Sacramento Monday. The council’s historic status was solidified in last November’s municipal election, which saw Lisa Middleton, the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California, and Christy Holstege, […]

  • California High School Valedictorian’s Speech Cut Off When She Veers From Approved Script

    The valedictorian of a California high school says school officials cut off her microphone during her graduation speech after the 17-year-old senior veered from the administration’s preapproved script. Petaluma High School senior Lulabel Seitz began her commencement address by talking about the obstacles her fellow classmates persevered through in order to graduate. She noted the […]

  • Air Force officer who vanished in 1983 is found in California

    An Air Force officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using. Hughes was involved in classified planning and […]

  • CAL Fire Determines Electric Power Lines Caused 12 North Bay Fires

    CAL Fire officials determined that electric power lines and failure of power poles caused part of the massive North Bay wildfires that eventually killed dozens of people and ravaged thousands of homes in October. Officials completed a total of 12 investigations of more than 170 fires that burned at least 245,000 acres in Northern California. […]

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