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Number of California violent crimes jump 10 percent in 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The number of violent crimes jumped 10 percent across California last year, reversing several years of declines, the state's attorney general reported Friday....

Former seminary student sentenced for seeking infant sex
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former Ohio seminarian was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to adopt or purchase infants from Mexico to sexually molest them....

California assemblyman ordered to stay away from ex-wife
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was ordered Friday to keep away from his ex-wife for three years amid allegations that he abused her during their brief marriage....

Dead whale stuck on Los Angeles beach ahead of holiday
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The reeking carcass of a dead humpback whale was stuck on a popular Los Angeles County beach Friday as Fourth of July weekend crowds began arriving....

The Latest: New central California fire brings evacuations
FORESTVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the wildfires burning in the U.S. West (all times local):...

Keillor hosts his last 'Companion' in Hollywood Bowl
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl will be transported to Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, Friday night as writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final episode of the old-style variety show "A Prairie Home Companion" after 42 years on public radio....

California governor signs stringent gun bills, vetoes others
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws that are already among the strictest in the nation....

Police: 3 deaths in wealthy community were murder-suicide
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The deaths of a teenage girl and two women in a house in one of the nation's wealthiest communities were a murder-suicide, investigators confirmed Friday....

Wildfire threat remains high California, Southwest in July
Forecasters say the threat of wildfires will remain high in Southern California and the Southwest this month because of persistent drought and because summer rains may not be as consistent as usual....

Hospital association gives $9 million to support tobacco tax
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's lobbying group for the hospital industry is giving a $9 million boost for an initiative campaign to raise tobacco taxes....