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French president's aide seen in police helmet beating man


PARIS (AP) — A security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has been seen in a video wearing a police helmet and beating up a student protester. His punishment — a two-week suspension — has brought criticism down on Macron.

Tanker truck blast in Santa Rosa closes Highway 101, forces evacuation of medical facility

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An explosion involving a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen to a Santa Rosa medical facility Wednesday prompted staff to evacuate patients on gurneys and wheelchairs, authorities said.

Russian officials to meet suspected spy jailed in US


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Embassy officials are to meet with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States.

Fire near Yosemite burns to 17,319 acres, two firefighters injured


Nearly 2,200 firefighters from across the nation have poured into Gold Country to fight the Ferguson Fire just a few miles from Yosemite National Park, and the battle to contain the growing inferno has left one firefighter dead and two…

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Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.


After rescue, Thai soccer boys pray for fortune at temple


CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from…

San Joaquin County teen admits setting fire that snarled Altamont Pass traffic

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A grass fire that burned nearly 500 acres on both sides of Interstate 580 in the Altamont Pass and created hours of traffic gridlock Sunday evening was caused by a “safe and sane” firework set off by a 17-year-old boy who felt so guilty…


Police return from days off, vacation to hunt for cop killer


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's entire Big Island police force was on alert Wednesday for a suspect wanted in the killing of an officer during a traffic stop, including off-duty officers and some who returned to work from vacation and days off to…


FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to "spin up" Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States.

Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were…


Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent


WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and…

1 dead as latest fire portends explosive Northwest season


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday.


Fiji fever takes over San Francisco in time for rugby tournament


It’s not grass skirt weather in San Francisco, according to eight men in grass skirts.


The Latest: Trump says he told Putin to end election hacking

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local):; 5:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says in an interview with CBS News that he told Russian President…

Ohio executes killer of man met in bar in 1985


LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A weeping inmate apologized for choking and fatally stabbing a man he met in a bar in 1985 moments before he was put to death Wednesday in the first Ohio execution in nearly a year.


Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'


CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet.


Pedestrian crossing busy SF intersection hit, killed by vehicle


A man was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a large intersection Tuesday morning in San Francisco, authorities said.


Harley-Davidson rider badly hurt in crash at Santa Rosa railroad crossing

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A motorcyclist suffered major injuries Tuesday night when he sped into the rear of a car that had stopped at a Santa Rosa railroad crossing, authorities said.


South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic…

Curious path of Siberian gun lover accused of spying on US


MOSCOW (AP) — By her early 20s, Maria Butina appeared to have a budding political career and a mini furniture empire in her remote Siberian hometown. Then she abandoned both to pursue her passion for gun rights — and, prosecutors say, to…

Wednesday, Jul 18

Woman reportedly found live worm in fish bought at Richmond Costco

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A woman from El Sobrante got more protein than she bargained for when she returned home from Costco with a package of salmon only to discover a live worm wriggling around on the fish's flesh, she told KRON4.

Tuesday, Jul 17

Fiery big rig crash causes severe traffic on highways 101, 92

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Traffic has returned to normal on the northbound Highway 101 connection to eastbound Highway 92 in San Mateo.

Two dead, one injured in plane crash near Truckee

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A plane crashed Tuesday morning in a meadow near California State Route 267 between Truckee and Northstar California Resort, leaving one person dead and two people transported to the hospital, officials said.

Ferguson Fire doubles in size, yet to reach Yosemite National Park

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MARIPOSA — As the Ferguson Fire swelled to 9,266 acres Monday, residents of Mariposa, the biggest town bordering Yosemite National Park, woke up to ash in the sky and fire rigs rumbling down Highway 49. Again.

80-pound mountain lion tranquilized in San Mateo neighborhood

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A mountain lion was spotted walking around the backyard of a San Mateo home Monday morning and after almost a full day of attempting to safely corral the puma, wildlife officials successfully tranquilized it, authorities said.

Monday, Jul 16

The Latest: Trump tweets US, Russia 'must get along'

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HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):; 10:45 p.m. Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling…

Sister of motorist found on Big Sur beach: ‘It’s not going to be an easy recovery’

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Angela Hernandez sat injured and dazed for seven days on a small craggy beach at the bottom of a cliff along Central California’s picturesque coastline, surviving on water she captured with a broken hose from her wrecked Jeep, anxiously…

Parade on the water celebrates turn of the tide for bay pollution

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The amazing thing about the 35 people who swam for miles in the San Francisco Bay on Sunday — besides that they swam for miles in the San Francisco Bay — is that they came out of the water soiled only by saltwater. Maybe some seaweed.

Deadly Yosemite fire grows to 4,310 acres, evacuations ordered

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With high temperatures and steep, rugged terrain hampering firefighters, a deadly wildfire along the Merced River near Yosemite National Park quadrupled in size overnight and pushed closer to the park Sunday.

Sunday, Jul 15

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting


JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border Sunday, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve…

Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election…

Suspected DUI driver plows into vehicle carrying State Controller Betty Yee

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California State Controller Betty Yee and her husband were recovering at home on Saturday after a driver suspected of being under the influence of marijuana plowed into their car a day earlier in the Posey Tube between Oakland and Alameda,…

Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza


JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after…

Saturday, Jul 14

Missing Oregon woman found alive, taken to hospital after deputies respond to Jeep over Highway 1 cliff

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The 23-year-old Oregon woman who was last seen south of Half Moon Bay last week was found injured but alive by a pair of passersby Friday night and taken to a hospital after her Jeep went over a cliff near Big Sur, officials said.

‘Uncharted territory’ as Oakland City Council accused of violating City Charter


A top Oakland official accused city lawmakers of violating their oaths of office for enacting an ordinance that defies the City Charter and their own legal counsel.

California wildfires: Stoney Fire in Chico burns 700 acres

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A large fire that broke out late Thursday night in Chico burned 650 acres in a little more than 13 hours, officials said.

Serial rape suspect posing as SF ride-hailing driver arrested

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For five years, a predator known as the “Rideshare Rapist” trolled the streets of San Francisco, exploiting the proliferation of ride-hailing services in the city by posing as a driver for hire and luring women outside of bars and…