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Northern California: Place in California, United States
Northern California is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. Spanning the state's northernmost 48 counties, its main population centers include the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Sacramento area, and the Metropolitan Fresno area. Northern California also contains redwood forests, along with the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite Valley and part of Lake Tahoe, Mount Shasta, and most of the Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions.


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Crews fight Northern Calif. brush fire by highway

Firefighters were battling a brush fire on Monday in Northern California. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said on Twitter that the "grass fire" had burned about 60 acres. (July 6)  
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Fort Bragg, California considers name change

Fort Bragg, a rugged Northern California coastal city named for a Confederate general may ask voters to change its name as people protesting racial inequality and police brutality tear down monuments..
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Utility fined over $3 million in wildfire deaths

Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday was fined over $3 million for the deaths of 84 people killed in a nightmarish Northern California wildfire ignited by the its long-neglected electrical grid. (June..
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PG&E pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in California wildfire deaths: report

PG&E pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company's downed power lines, the New..
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Coast Guard rescues crew of disabled sailboat

A US Coast Guard helicopter rescued the crew of a 30-foot sailboat in bad weather off the Northern California coast. The Coast Guard said the sailboat, Freedom, experienced steering and engine failure..
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California shark attack victim was surfboard maker

A 26-year-old man killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach was an avid surfer who customized surfboards for a living. The Santa Cruz County coroner's office identified the victim of..
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Shark Attack Kills Surfer in Northern California

Ben Kelly, 26, who designed boards for a living, was surfing at Manresa State Beach near Santa Cruz when he was attacked.
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In CA: We will all vote by mail now, and Gerber's first adopted spokesbaby

Stores started reopening Friday, either too early or not fast enough. And a million U.S. citizens may not get federal stimulus money because of a clause in the law. Plus, I talked to one of our NorCal..
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Some California counties reopen, defy state orders

A Northern California shopping mall opened to customers Wednesday, despite state orders restricting businesses due to the pandemic. Other businesses barred under the orders reopened Monday in Yuba and..
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'Nature welcomes the change': with no tourists, wildlife roams California's Yosemite

A bear ambles across a forest glade and a herd of deer stroll down a silent road. At Yosemite National Park in Northern California, coronavirus restrictions mean no tourists - and bolder wildlife.
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Coronavirus Testing Website Goes Live and Runs Into Confusion

The site from Google’s sister company, Verily, was rolled out to two Northern California counties in hopes of guiding people to local virus testing.
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Here's the latest for Thursday March 5th: Coronavirus death in Northern California; House passes $8.3B bill to fight coronavirus; Airstrike reported in NW Syria; National Guard joins search for tornado..
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First US coronavirus case of unknown origin

Public health officials are retracing the steps of a Northern California woman believed to be the first person in the U.S. to contract the coronavirus without traveling internationally or being in..
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Couple lost on Valentines Day hike is rescued

A couple who got lost during a Valentine's Day hike in the woods of Northern California was found Saturday by rescuers who spent almost a week looking for them and had given up hopes of finding them..
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Homelessness in California: Making Money by Delivering Eviction Notices

Wednesday: For many, being unhoused doesn’t mean being jobless. Also: Why warm weather in Northern California could be bad; and a visit to Nari.
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The Lonely End to One Gray Wolf’s 8,700-Mile Search for a Mate

Wildlife officials are investigating the death of OR-54, a female wolf whose carcass was found in Northern California.
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More evacuees arrive at US bases from China

Two jets carrying Americans fleeing the virus zone in China have arrived at an Air Force base in Northern California. Some will be quarantined on the base for 14 days, and others will be quarantined at..
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Nearly 100,000 gallons of wine spilled from Northern California vineyard

Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg said much of the wine that escaped was captured in pumps and drainpipes in ponds at the winery.
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In California: Knowing is half the battle

Find out how to watch more than a million snow geese as they munch on rice fields in NorCal. And our Palm Springs-based political reporter breaks down all you need to know ahead of the Golden..
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Sutter Health to Pay $575 Million to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

The deal resolves allegations of anti-competitive behavior by the large hospital system in Northern California.
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NorCal supervisors race takes an odd turn to an Epstein meme

A ploy for votes — or at least attention — in a local race. Also, utilities can't make as much money as they would like.  
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A family counts on a miracle to bring their daughter back

In Northern California, a family asks for divine intervention.  
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PG&E utility reaches $13.5 billion settlement with Northern California wildfire victims

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced a $13.5 billion settlement late Friday with Northern California victims who suffered enormous losses in the 2017 and 2018 wildfires
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Mudslides and snow impacting holiday travel in California

Southern California is being pounded with rain this Thanksgiving Day, which is causing mudslides. Snow shut down a critical section of the Interstate 5 freeway that connects Southern and Northern..
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PG&E cuts power to 50,000 California homes and businesses during wildfire risk

About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without power on Wednesday during the latest planned outage instituted by utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co to guard against risk of..
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Power outages, again? 750K people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

While Southern California preps for its first rain of the season, PG&E warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people in Northern California.
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Tens of thousands evacuated from Calif. wildfires

Residents are fleeing a wildfire burning through canyons and neighborhoods north of Los Angeles, while in Northern California there are dire predictions for an historic wind event Sunday and Monday,..
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Historic winds expected in Northern California amid wildfires

The National Weather Service says Northern California could experience a potentially historic wind event this weekend. Jeff Berardelli gives the latest forecast.
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California town marks one year since deadly fire

The Northern California town of Paradise paused Friday to remember the 85 people killed in a wildfire one year ago. The town also unveiled a sculpture by a local artist made of thousands of donated..
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Airbnb bans 'party houses' after Halloween shooting in California

Airbnb Inc banned "party houses" on Saturday after five people were killed in a shooting at a large Halloween gathering inside a rental home in Northern California that was advertised on the online..
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California Halloween party shooting death toll rises to five: CNN

The death toll from a shooting at a Halloween party in Northern California has risen to five after another victim died of their wounds, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting local authorities.
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In Calif. fire, Spanish-speaking migrants get help

Migrants who work the farms of Northern California, where wildfires have forced them to evacuate, say this time things are different. In the past many seeking shelter stayed away for fear that..
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How falcons protect vineyards

Starlings, an invasive species that first appeared in Northern California in the 1930s, have been a headache for the area's vineyards. At first, Rams Gate Winery in Sonoma tried traditional methods to..
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Calif. evacuees return home as fire threat weakens

Tens of thousands of Northern California residents return home days after they were evacuated as firefighters battled a massive wind-fueled wildfire burning in Sonoma County wine country. (Oct. 31)
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Calif. power cuts leave elderly, disabled in dark

Elderly and disabled residents at a low-income apartment complex for seniors say they were left to fend for themselves for two days when PG&E cut power to vast swathes of Northern California to prevent..
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California Fires Live Updates: Santa Ana Winds Raise Threat

There was some good news for firefighters in Northern California as gusts were not as strong as expected. However, dangerous Santa Ana winds were predicted to whip Southern California.
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Calmer winds forecast for Northern California

Forecasters say calmer winds should be coming to Northern California, but hot dry weather will continue to make fire conditions dangerous. (Oct. 30)
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Northern California wildfire 15% contained

Cal Fire reported on Tuesday night that the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, Northern California was 15% contained. It also said that the fire has burned more than 76,000 acres since it began on October..
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Crews work to control fires before winds return

Fire crews in Northern California are working to smother wildfires using aircraft to drop water and fire retardant before windstorms return to the area. About 156,000 people were under mandatory..
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Soda Rock Winery's buildings dating back 150 years burn in California's roaring Kincade Fire

The raging Kincade Fire that has forced almost 200,000 people to flee a swath of Northern California has ravaged winery buildings dating to 1869.  
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Earthquake rattles area near California's Kincade Fire; new blaze by L.A. drives more evacuations

Residents who evacuated a sprawling Northern California wildfire were rocked by another slap from Mother Nature - a 3.3 magnitude earthquake.  
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'Diablo' wind gusts spread Sonoma wildfires, thousands evacuate

Residents and firefighters in Northern California's Sonoma County braced for intense winds, prompting new evacuations from the roaring Kincade Fire.
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