SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians have been bombarded with pleas to save water during the drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly three dozen people have been charged in California as part of a criminal network that illegally sold millions of dollars in prescription drugs and engaged in bank fraud, money laundering and racketeering, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 6-year-old who was stabbed to death in a public housing complex elevator sued the city Thursday, saying officials let blatant security risks linger before the attack on her son and a 7-year-old friend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five people were part of a scheme that involved trucking more than 200 million cans and bottles from Arizona and illegally redeeming them at recycling centers in California for about $14 million in refunds, authorities said Thursday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A "large majority" of U.N. Security Council members support a U.S. effort to create a way to attribute blame for chlorine attacks in Syria and are ready to move quickly in the next few days, the council president said Thursday. But Syria ally Russia worries whether it will be objective, with the Russian ambassador saying, "They've done their attribution of blame already."
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A college professor's ex-boyfriend was convicted Thursday of killing a man she said had raped her 20 years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation found. The Texas-based company continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the Food and Drug Administration says was inadequate cleaning.
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles jurors in the case of a man accused of tossing his 4-year-old daughter to her death off a sea cliff visited the scene of the alleged crime.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest dubbed Monsignor Meth apologized Thursday for running a methamphetamine distribution ring and letting down scores of friends and parishioners.
Rescuers were searching on Thursday for a Northern California man and his two young children after they failed to return home from a family camping trip in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, authorities said. Authorities were notified on Tuesday that Nicholas Vlahos was overdue following the camping trip, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Vlahos was last seen in a four-wheel-drive pickup in western Sierra County and had intended to return home through what authorities called a “remote and rugged” portion of Sierra and Plumas Counties. “Upon receiving the report, members of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office performed an immediate hasty search of the reported route and were unable to locate the overdue parties or their vehicle,” the statement said.
A suspected stowaway hiding in a baggage compartment of a Greyhound bus is in critical condition after the vehicle caught fire Thursday afternoon in Virginia, snarling highway traffic for 10 miles on busy Interstate 95. The southbound bus was traveling in Stafford, about 44 miles south of Washington, D.C. on a trip from New York to Richmond around 2:30 p.m. when the driver saw and smelled smoke inside the bus, Virginia State Police said in a statement.The driver pulled the vehicle to the right shoulder and the 28 passengers safely evacuated the bus without incident. Fire crews and state police discovered the fire coming from the baggage compartment below the passenger cabin.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon, one of only two U.S. states where drivers cannot legally pump their own gasoline, is considering a bill that would allow for some self-serve stations, mostly in rural areas, lawmakers said on Thursday. The Oregon House has unanimously passed a bill that would allow limited self-service stations, and the bill is expected to be heard in a Senate business and transportation committee later this month, state officials said. The legislation would allow gas stations in rural Oregon with limited hours to let drivers pay with a credit card and pump their own gas when the stations are unstaffed, said state Representative Cliff Bentz, the bill's sponsor. Bentz pointed to several stretches of road, such as a 150-mile jaunt from Burns to the Nevada border, where gas stations are sparse.
HONOLULU (AP) — While federal agents with a warrant were knocking on a door to a luxury Honolulu apartment on a December morning in 2012, agents watching from the ground saw men tossing bags of crystal meth over the 15th floor balcony.
(Reuters) - A low pressure system located about 180 miles (290 km) south-southeast of the South Carolina-North Carolina border has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "The system would become a subtropical cyclone later Thursday night," the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Residents and businesses along the southeastern coast of the United States should continue to monitor its progress, the NHC said. (Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Wills)
San Francisco's district attorney has appointed three retired judges to review the integrity of 3,000 arrests involving more than a dozen police officers who engaged in racist and homophobic text messages, his office said on Thursday. District Attorney George Gascón said the officers' actions compromised public trust in law enforcement. The move to appoint the three jurists, who include former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso, is aimed at helping restore public faith in police, Gascón said in a statement. The controversy over the text messages among San Francisco police officers comes amid a series of fatal police confrontations across the country that have put law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill.
The FBI warned police in Garland, Texas, about three hours before a shooting at a weekend exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that one of the gunmen who launched the failed attack was interested in the event, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday. The FBI issued a bulletin to the police department saying Elton Simpson had an interest in the Sunday event held in the Dallas suburb but gave no indication that he planned an attack, Comey told reporters in Washington, according to an FBI spokesman. Garland police were not immediately available for comment. Authorities said Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix were shot and killed by a police officer after they opened fire with assault rifles outside the cartoon event organized by a group that had sponsored anti-Islamic campaigns.
One of four soldiers from upstate New York injured in a military Humvee crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week has died.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather on the horizon.