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  • 1965 plane wreck may have been found in California lake

    The Associated Press, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    A small plane that crashed into a Northern California lake with four people aboard after a midair collision 56 years ago may have been found by underwater surveying technology. The discovery was made in drought-shrunken Folsom Lake when technicians Tyler Atkinson and Jeff Riley of Seafloor Systems were recently testing sonar technology, CBS Sacramento reported Saturday. “I saw something that was not normal,” Atkinson told the station. Imagery resembled the Piper Comanche 250 that crashed on New Year’s Day in 1965 after collid...

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    Popular Big Sur trail to reopen after 13-year closure

    The Associated Press, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    A popular trail in Big Sur flanked by redwood trees that leads down through a gorge to a 60-foot waterfall is set to open to the public this week after a 13-year restoration needed when a wildfire destroyed access to it, officials announced June 14. After a $2 million renovation that fixed bridges, retaining walls, railings, steps and signage, the Pfeiffer Falls Trail will open Friday for the public to enjoy, said officials with the California State Parks and Save the...

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    Endangered condor egg hatches in Northern California's wild

    The Associated Press|Updated May 12, 2021

    A California condor egg has hatched in Northern California's wild, the newest member of Pinnacles National Park's recovery program for the endangered species. The egg hatched April 12 after two months of round-the-clock incubation by both parents who protected their fragile egg from the elements and potential predators, park rangers said in a social media post. Their nest has a video camera installed to help with monitoring and videos shared by the National Park Service this...

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    Rodgers gives $1 million to help businesses in his hometown

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has donated $1 million to help 80 locally owned businesses in or around his hometown of Chico, California. The businesses that Rodgers is assisting are all either in Chico or in Butte County, where Chico is located. Restaurants and retail businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees could apply for help through this fund. All 80 of those businesses will receive grants through the Aaron Rodgers...

  • The Latest: McConnell acknowledges Biden is president-elect

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Dec 17, 2020

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged for the first time that Joe Biden has been elected president. The Kentucky Republican broke his silence on the Democrat’s November win after weeks in which he and other Republican leaders refused to contradict President Donald Trump’s declarations that he was the victor in an election marred by fraud. McConnell made his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, Dec. 15, a day after the Electoral College formally affirmed Biden’s victory. On Monday, several other top Senate Repub...

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    Epic scale of California wildfires continues to grow

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 8, 2020

    The staggering scale of California's wildfires reached another milestone Monday, Oct. 5: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres. The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border came a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres, more than double the previous record. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded...

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    California to pause unemployment claims for 2 weeks

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 2, 2020

    California will not accept new unemployment claims until Monday, Oct. 5, as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday, Sept. 19. Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days, the state said in a news release. There are also...

  • Thousands march in Washington to pray and show Trump support

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 2, 2020

    Thousands of people packed the National Mall in downtown Washington Saturday, Sept. 26, to pray and show their support for President Donald Trump. The march, which stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol, was held just hours before Trump was set to announce he was nominating a conservative judge for the Supreme Court. Few in the crowd wore masks. Some sported red caps with the words "Let's Make America Godly Again," a play on Trump's signature MAGA caps. Vice...

  • Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional....

  • California governor signs bill changing sex offender law

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday, Sept. 11, that would give judges a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor. The bill would expand the discretion currently granted judges in statutory rape cases and was promoted as bringing fairness under the law to LGBTQ defendants. The current law, in place for decades, permits judges to decide whether a man should be placed on California’s sex offender registry if he had voluntary intercourse with someone 14 to 17 years o...

  • California fitness centers sue state over health closures

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    California fitness centers have filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus unfairly target the industry and are demanding they be allowed to reopen. The California Fitness Alliance, which represents nearly 300 businesses, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Scott Street, a lawyer for the group, said Tuesday, Sept. 15. The suit accuses state and Los Angeles County officials of requiring gyms to close without providing evidence that they contribute to vi...

  • Chadwick Boseman's death leaves saddening mark on rough 2020

    The Associated Press|Updated Aug 31, 2020

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant. Rep. John Lewis. And now, Chadwick Boseman. So far, 2020 has been marred with bad news and tragedy with the deaths of several popular Black icons including Bryant, Lewis and recently Boseman, who died Friday. All three were viewed as leaders in their respective fields of sports, politics and film — places where people, particularly in the Black community, have often looked for inspiration during a year of racial tension and protests against the police brutality of unarmed Black people. But for...

  • California Senate OKs state reviews for police shootings

    The Associated Press|Updated Aug 31, 2020

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate voted Sunday, Aug. 30 to require the state's top prosecutor to investigate all police shootings that kill an unarmed civilian, advancing one of the highest profile reforms introduced this year in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Senate OK'd the bill despite opposition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has called a previous version of the bill “untenable and unreasonable” because it would cost his office up to $80 million a year. But the legislation easil...

  • Mayor concedes Los Angeles reopened too soon as virus surges

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Mayor Eric Garcetti conceded Sunday, July 19, that Los Angeles reopened too quickly and again warned that the city was "on the brink" of new shutdown orders as the coronavirus continues to surge in California. Appearing on CNN, Garcetti was asked about a Los Angeles Times editorial that criticized the rapid reopening of California, which was followed by a spike in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. "I do agree those things happened too quickly," Garcetti said, adding...

  • California governor announces deal to cap rising rent prices

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 9, 2019

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers Friday on legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase. That's lower than the 7% threshold lawmakers had previously negotiated amid strong resistance from the real estate and development industries. Staff members Newsom's office...

  • Humanitarian crisis unfolds in hurricane-stricken Bahamas

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 9, 2019

    FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) - U.N. and Red Cross relief officials rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis in Hurricane Dorian's wake Tuesday after the most powerful storm ever to hit the Bahamas devastated thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics. At least five deaths were reported, with the full scope of the disaster still unknown. Relief workers reported scenes of utter ruin, while emergency authorities struggled to reach victims amid...

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