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Former California Probation Officer Nabbed For Fraud While on Probation – for Fraud

A former Los Angeles County probation officer, Robyn Palmer, 29, of Long Beach, Calif. was arrested Thursday on six felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly forging documents to illegally collect disability insurance benefits while serving probation for another insurance …

California Lawmakers Equal Pay Law Said to be Toughest in U.S.

California lawmakers approved legislation mandating equal pay for women in what the bill’s author called the toughest such law in the U.S. The Assembly voted 66-2 for the measure requiring employers to pay men and women the same for “substantially …

Plagued by Drought, California Prepares For El Niño Storms

While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Niño event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super …

$198M in Property at High Risk from Chelan Wildfire in Washington

The massive Chelan wildfire in Washington poses a significant risk to roughly 634 homes with a total reconstruction cost of more than $198 million, an analysis of the ongoing fire issued Wednesday shows. The analysis by property information and data …

2 Southern California Schools Closed over Asbestos Will Reopen

Two of three Orange County, Calif. schools closed last year after asbestos was found will reopen for classes at the start of the new school year. The Los Angeles Times reported that Hope View and Oak View elementary schools in …

City Council Makes L.A. Largest U.S. City with Ridesharing at Airport

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will be able to pick up and drop off passengers at Los Angeles International Airport within weeks, after the City Council made it the largest U.S. city to permit the companies at its airport. …

Fire Burning Near California Ski Resort Threatens Homes

Hundreds of mountain homes remained threatened on Monday as crews increased containment of a wildfire burning through timber near a popular Southern California ski resort. Water cannons usually used for making snow were pointed at the fire burning near Snow …

Uber Deploys Lobbyists to Reshape Driver Rules in California

Uber has spent more on lobbyists in California than Facebook and Apple combined to fend off regulations aimed at the heart of its worldwide business model. The San Francisco company’s lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to exempt its drivers from obtaining …

Small Quake Strikes Near Mammoth Lakes in California

A minor earthquake has hit a rural area near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but authorities say there have been no reports of damage. The United States Geological Survey reported Saturday that the preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday, …

Federal Government Suing Southern California Edison over 2009 Fire

Just days before the federal statute of limitations would have run out, the government has filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison in connection to a 2009 fire that primarily burned the San Bernardino National Forest east of Hemet. The …