For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California's wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades.

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Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.
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Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is pushing a ballot measure to give him the power to regulate health insurance rates, released an analysis Tuesday showing that health insurance costs for individuals increased dramatically over the last year.
Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy becomes the No. 2 leader in the House and could become speaker.

Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy becomes House majority leader
Dan Walters Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy becomes the No. 2 leader in the House and could become speaker.
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MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto discussed climate change and the border immigration crisis in a private meeting Monday, but the talks were general in nature, said Senate President Pro Tem-elect Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat who participated in the meeting.

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Despite heavy lobbying from departments and interest groups, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re a state worker.

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