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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country, authorities said Thursday.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials denied parole Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after considering whether battered women's syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the notorious murders nearly five decades ago in California.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge deciding whether a fellow judge should disqualify himself from lawsuits over videos by an anti-abortion group said Thursday he could not immediately see any appearance of bias.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty on Thursday to helping three inmates escape from jail by leaving a backpack with a rope and knife outside the facility attached to a rope, authorities said.

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PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A teenager shot to death by deputies was accidentally hit by a bullet as he tried to stop an aggressive dog from attacking the officers early Thursday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment giving crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused say they've delivered enough signatures to Ohio's elections chief to make the fall ballot.

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BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Crews working in rugged terrain during a punishing heat wave are having a tough time building containment of a wildfire that's burned nearly 2.5 square miles (6.5 square km) in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland city leaders renewed their pledges to straighten out the troubled police department after a court-appointed investigator concluded they mishandled a teenager's allegations that she was sexually exploited by officers.

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PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of the Southern California desert city of Palmdale has been charged with illegally receiving more than $60,000 a year from city consultants and failing to report it.

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BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service are asking for help from the public in determining the cause of a wildfire that has burned nearly 2.5 square miles (6.5 square km) in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states have sent two letters to California's insurance commissioner, asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and divest from the coal industry, saying it only confus…

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story June 21 about a doctor charged with child sex abuse, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a nurse charged in the case. She is Emily Stephens, not Emily Johnson.

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EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit demanding federal wildlife officials reassess their practice of killing coyotes, bobcats, fox and other animals in Northern California.

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SACRAMENTO (AP) _ These California lotteries were drawn Wednesday: