Bakersfield Californian

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 […]


Interstate 5

Brush fire near Grapevine burns 300 acres, closes lane on I-5

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials say a 300-acre fire is burning near Interstate 5 at the Grapevine, threatening to close a heavily-traveled stretch of road between Los Angeles and California’s Central Valley. The Bakersfield […]


School shooting

1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

TAFT, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old student with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member.



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