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California county agrees to pay family of slain inmate $3.6M
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The family of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death in a Northern California jail will receive $3.6 million under a settlement....

Inside Kirk Douglas's intimate 100th birthday celebration
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Kirk Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from "Rocky" blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood's last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday at an intimate gathering of friends and family....

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe....

California voter turnout was 75 percent, highest since 2008
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Three out of four registered California voters cast a ballot in the November election, the highest rate of participation since the 2008 presidential election, state data show....

Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack....

Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws....

Oregon officials to open part of coast to Dungeness crabbing
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials plan to open the commercial crab season on December 18 for a portion of coast that runs from Cape Blanco to the Oregon-California border....

Tournament of Roses cancels horse show after virus outbreak
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has canceled its annual horse show, Equestfest, because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus....

Judge finalizes Khloe Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Khlomar is officially no more....

'Days of Our Lives' bad guy Joseph Mascolo dies at 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joseph Mascolo, who played bad guy Stefano DiMera on NBC's daytime serial "Days of Our Lives," has died. He was 87....