A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

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State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said the release this week of a Senate investigative report will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work at taxpayer expense.
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With 1,200 El Dorado and Amador county residents leaving their homes this weekend because of the Sand Fire, neighboring communities have stepped in to provide clothing and shelter evacuees and their animals.
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Earlier this year, the 49ers’ LaMichael James was pining to be traded from a team on which he received scant carries last season and had a glut of running backs.
A 2-year-old found floating in a duck pond at Elk Grove Regional Park Saturday afternoon died after being taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the Elk Grove Police Department.
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When California’s minimum wage jumped from $8 to $9 on July 1, owners of restaurants, coffee shops and bars braced for the fallout.
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Our region certainly grows some of the best bounty anywhere, but there’s no reason to get pretentious about a peach.

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