Contra Costa County California

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Study: County approaches differ on prison reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A university study released Friday of how counties are spending $4.4 billion to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment law found that nearly 20 percent have fundamentally changed how they approach […]

11/08/2013

A firefighter works the Clover Fire in Anderson, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on Gas Point Road.  (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

Far Northern Calif. fire destroys 30 structures

  REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California’s Shasta County damaged 30 structures, many of them homes, grown to more than 11 square miles and is threatening another 350 structures, fire officials […]

09/10/2013

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SF Bay Area wildfire prompts smoke advisory

CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park has prompted a smoke advisory for three counties. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said residents in parts of […]

09/09/2013

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About 100 homes evacuated in SF Bay Area wildfire

CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say about 25 additional homes were evacuated overnight, as a wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew. The blaze in Mt. Diablo State Park in […]

09/09/2013

In this Aug. 6, 2012 file photo, fire crews pour water on a fire at the Chevron Richmond Refinery in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Lance Iversen)

Chevron agrees to pay $2M in Calif. refinery fire

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San […]

08/05/2013

Election concerns at a glance

(AP) – Some concerns with the voting process have arisen in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election, including: – A translation glitch in California’s Korean-language voter guide forced the state to reprint and resend […]

10/31/2012

CHP officer pronounced dead after shooting

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) – Authorities struggled to understand what prompted a computer programmer with no violent criminal record to shoot a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop, an encounter that resulted in the officer’s […]

09/06/2012

Video: Vapor cloud before Calif. refinery fire

(AP) – Investigators trying to get close enough to a pipe blamed for a fire at Chevron’s refinery that sent thousands of people to the hospital and contributed to higher gasoline prices have been hampered […]

08/15/2012

Investigators wait on OK to enter Chevron refinery

(AP) – Investigators looking into the cause of an oil refinery fire at Chevron‘s Richmond facility on Monday were waiting for structural engineers to determine if it was safe for them to enter the unit. […]

08/13/2012

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