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California coastline wildfire is big and getting bigger
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters struggled Thursday to get the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning along California's picturesque Big Sur coastline, where anxious residents driven from their homes awaited word on their properties and popular parks and trails closed at the height of tourist season....

Lawyer wants California court to parole Manson follower
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ask a court to overturn Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to deny her parole....

Terror attack play scratched after victim families object
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California college has canceled plans to create a play about a hometown terrorist attack that killed 14 people after family members of some victims complained....

Man arrested on suspicion of shooting at Oakland officer
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Northern California police have arrested a man suspected of shooting at an Oakland police officer trapped in her wrecked patrol SUV after a head-on collision....

Deputies shoot at 2 suspects, killing 1, in Compton
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have killed a suspected carjacker and shot at another in Compton....

Man convicted in Chandra Levy's death won't be retried
Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, saying they can no longer prove their case in the 15-year-old slaying that thrust former congressman Gary Condit into the national spotlight....

A look at some of the most death-defying stunts of all time
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although he's one of the most accomplished skydivers in the world, Luke Aikins will tell you what he's about to do - jump out of a plane without a parachute - is one crazy stunt....

Car plows into Los Angeles house, killing 1 and hurting 8
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police searched Thursday for the driver of a car that plowed into the front of a Los Angeles house where a group of mostly elderly people were holding a Bible study and prayer meeting, leaving one person dead and eight injured....

Cosby drops litigation against accuser in sex assault case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby has dropped a lawsuit that demanded the accuser in his criminal case repay the money from their confidential 2006 court settlement....

Chinese rocket sends streak of light across Western US sky
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Chinese rocket body streaking across the night sky over the Western United States lit up social media as people shared photos and video of the bright object....