Bakersfield California

An Erickson Air-Crane loads up from Isabella Lake Sunday, June 15, 2014 before making another water drop on the Shirley Fire  west of Wofford Heights, Calif. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

California fire grows slightly, threatens homes

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near homes Monday in the southern Sierra Nevada west of California’s Lake Isabella grew only slightly overnight and crews expected to make significant progress before hotter, drier […]



Tests confirm norovirus as cause of Vegas outbreak

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An outbreak that sent about 28 people to the emergency room during a youth football tournament in Las Vegas was caused by norovirus, health officials said Monday. Tournament spokesman Justin Gates […]


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Bill would make it illegal to bar life-saving help

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would bar employers from having policies that prohibit offering life-saving medical help in an emergency. Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduced AB644 after […]


An explosion knocks down one of the remaining towers at the old Kern Power Plant,  Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Autumn Parry)

Shrapnel from imploding plant injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators […]


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Hermosa Beach to consider renewing oil drilling

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Residents are debating whether to get back into the oil business, 80 years after this wealthy coastal town first banned drilling. An environmental review is scheduled to begin Wednesday on […]


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Merle Haggard honored by Cal State Bakersfield

  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — They call him “The Hag,” but now Merle Haggard can answer to “doctor” as well. Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate Friday by California State University, Bakersfield. The doctor of […]


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Statement from family of elderly woman denied CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Here is the statement from the family of 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless, who died last week of a heart attack after being denied CPR at a Bakersfield elder home:


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Calif. lawmakers to review high-speed rail plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State senators are getting an update on California’s plan to start construction on a $68 billion bullet train, including assessing whether the agency overseeing the project has fixed a host of organizational problems.


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You have to pay the piper

Former All-Pro Linebacker Joey Porter has been released from jail in Bakersfield after paying the $70,000 he owed the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.


Bakersfield doctor retires at 96 after 73-year career

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A Bakersfield doctor whose career began before World War II is finally hanging up his white coat. KBAK-TV says Dr. Norman Levan, who was an Army doctor in the Pacific during […]




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