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Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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FRESNO — A wildfire raging along the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park gained strength Saturday morning as firefighters scrambled to protect nearby mountain communities. The fire held steady overnight at nearly 200 square miles, but a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says firefighters didn't get their usual reprieve from cooler early morning temperatures Saturday. By Tracie Cone And Gosia Wozniacka.

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SAN FRANCISCO — As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Last year, the state enacted a law that shields space tourism companies such as Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from similar lawsuits. By Mihir Zaveri.


MOORPARK — More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles — all 469 square miles — under a foot of water. The reservoir deep within the earth would be injected with water imported from the snowy Sierra Mountains and other distant sources, which could be pumped back to the surface when needed to soak avocado and lemon groves and keep drinking fountains, espresso machines and toilets gurgling. By Michael R. Blood And Elliot Spagat.

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SAN DIEGO — The resignation speech given by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner reflected the same fiery, defiant tone that launched the political career of the former congressman and 1960s civil rights activist. But Friday, Filner was giving his response after agreeing to step down as leader of the nation's eighth-largest city amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations. By Julie Watson And Elliot Spagat.

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SANTEE, Calif. — Calling their deaths "an abomination," a priest memorialized a mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman's 16-year-old daughter. The service Saturday for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee was open to the public. The Los Angeles Times reports Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering that the community was "touched by this evil and we can never be the same again."


When the fall term begins at Nazareth Area High School on Monday, one teacher will be conspicuous by his absence. Matthew Greene, a popular math teacher at the school 65 miles north of Philadelphia, vanished while on a backpacking trip in California last month. Police say Greene was there to hike and climb the Eastern Sierra, a region that features extremely steep and rugged terrain, with many peaks soaring to 12,000 and 13,000 feet. By Michael Rubinkam.

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A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead.

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— STABBING SUSPECT SHOT — Authorities say a man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman was shot and wounded by U.S. Park police in San Francisco after he threatened officers with a knife.

— FATAL CAR CRASH — Authorities say a driver who ran a stop sign and slammed into another vehicle, killing two people before fleeing the scene, has turned himself in.

— ELDERLY BEATING — San Diego police are searching for a suspect who beat and robbed 91-year-old man out for his daily walk.

— SAN DIEGO OFFICER KILLED — A San Diego man who was one of three people charged in connection with the death of a police officer has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

— PEOPLE-STEVEN SEAGAL — Marked for border protection? Hollywood actor turned reserve sheriff's deputy, Steven Seagal, dropped by the New Mexico Sheriffs' Association Conference this week to talk about border security.



ALAMEDA, Calif. — With two weeks left before the start of teh regular season, the Oakland Raiders might be in the middle of a quarterback contriversy after Terrelle Pryor led four scoring drives and presumed starter Matt Flynn threw two interceptions. By Josh Dubow.

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