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California Set to Pay $1.65 Billion for Work on High-Speed Rail

SACRAMENTO — California officials on Tuesday moved toward awarding a $1.65 billion contract to design and construct the tracks and system in the central San Joaquin Valley for the first segment of its beleaguered high-speed rail project. The action taken by...

Camper Chased by Man With Knife Happy to be Back with Family

A woman who went missing from a remote campground in California's White Mountains after she says she was confronted by a man with a knife is back home and reunited with her family. Sheryl Powell, 60, detailed what it was like to be missing for three days at...
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Agencies Try Hard to Stop Suicides of Wildland Firefighters

BOISE, Idaho — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team tha...
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Chevron Ordered to Halt Oil Spill in Kern County

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to...
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Sriracha Ordered to Pay Pepper Grower $23.3 Million

LOS ANGELES — A jury has awarded $23.3 million to a California pepper maker in a fiery battle with the manufacturer of world-famous Sriracha hot sauce. The Los Angeles Times says jurors last week determined that Huy Fong Foods breached its contract with Under...
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