In choosing a centrist judge with Republican appeal, President Barack Obama hoped to corner GOP opponents who pledge to block his Supreme Court pick. He also boxed in the Democrats vying to succeed him.
Excerpts of news published in The Madera Tribune newspaper.
Atop a dirt levee his great-grandfather built in the 1800s to hold back California's mightiest river, Northern California farmer Russell van Loben Sels looks out over the site of a new water project, one that would be the state's most ambitious in a half-century.
Law enforcement officials believe the San Bernardino massacre and a stabbing attack on a California college campus were done by lone wolves inspired by the Islamic State group, and counterterrorism experts say both show how the organization is expanding its reach through social media.
California has nearly $64 billion in pension debt that eventually must be paid to current and former teachers and state workers — a figure more than $20 billion higher than previous estimates.
The Obama administration today formally concluded the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, a declaration long sought by Congress and human rights organizations but likely to change little in the conflict against the extremists.
After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise announcement today: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will soon stop making them leap from their pools or splash audiences on command.
It was Day One for the traditional courtesy calls to senators, but there's not much about Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination that has adhered to tradition — or courtesy.