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  1. Residents evacuate again after new wildfire erupts near massive Northern Calif. blazeRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 11 | Lethbridge Herald

    For the second time in as many weeks, residents had to evacuate their homes after a new wildfire erupted near a destructive blaze that has been burning for days in Northern California's rocky hills north of San Francisco. The new blaze, which erupted Sunday several miles away from the community of Lower Lake, had burned 9 square miles by Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.


  2. Crews report progress against California fire that has burned across 100 square miles of landRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 5 | Lethbridge Herald

    Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning about 100 miles north of San Francisco, more than 13,000 people were required or urged to leave their homes, vacation cabins and campsites.


  3. Erratic wildfire produces painful, familiar scene in Northern CaliforniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 | Lethbridge Herald

    A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California's largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as an erratic, week-old wildfire that has wiped out dozens of buildings continued to threaten nearly 7,000 more. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning 10 miles from Clear Lake, more than 13,000 people were required or urged to leave their homes, vacation cabins and campsites in the latest fire-prone region to find itself under siege.


  4. Federal authorities end prosecution of Major League Baseball home run king Barry BondsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday formally dropped its criminal prosecution of Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's career home run leader. The decade-long investigation and prosecution of Bonds for obstruction of justice ended quietly with the DOJ's one-paragraph court filing announcing it would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a lower court's reversal of his felony conviction.


  5. Key studies support case for starting HIV drug treatment right after diagnosisRead the original story

    Jul 20, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Final results from two landmark studies have added more scientific weight to the case for starting HIV treatment immediately after diagnosis to help preserve an infected person's health and to prevent transmission of the virus to others. The evidence of the two clinical trials presented Monday at the 8th International AIDS Society conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver will play a significant role as the World Health Organization crafts updated HIV treatment guidelines, said Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the agency's HIV department.


  6. AP source: Gun used in womana s slaying on San Francisco pier belonged to federal agentRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity, said a police check of the weapon's serial number shows it belonged to a federal agent.


  7. Raptors trade Vasquez, draft Delon Wright with No. 20 pick in NBA draftRead the original story

    Jun 25, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    The Toronto Raptors swapped one point guard for another - and gained some money to manoeuvre in free agency in the process. The Raptors selected Utah guard Delon Wright with the No.


  8. Authorities try to pinpoint cause of balcony collapse; victimsa loved ones head for U.S.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Victims' loved ones made their way toward Berkeley from Ireland as investigators Wednesday tried to pinpoint the cause of a balcony collapse that left six people dead and seven seriously injured. The accident happened early Tuesday, during a 21st birthday party involving a group of young Irish and Irish-American men and women spending the summer in California.


  9. Young victims of balcony collapse were having fun in last free summer before college, careersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    A group of young Irish and Irish-American men and women were enjoying their last summer of freedom in California before cracking down with college and careers, a rite of passage tens of thousands from the Emerald Isle have taken over the past five decades. The revelry turned tragic when a fifth-floor balcony broke loose from an apartment building during a 21st birthday party early Tuesday, tossing 13 people about 50 feet onto the pavement.


  10. Investigation into fatal California balcony collapse to examine structural standards, codesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    A group of Irish and Irish-American young men and women were enjoying their last blast summer in California before cracking down with college and careers, a rite of passage tens of thousands from the Emerald Isle have taken over the past five decades. At a 21st birthday party early Tuesday morning, a fifth floor balcony broke loose from a stucco apartment house, tossing 13 people about 50 feet onto the pavement and stealing those adventures.


  11. Official: 5 Irish students in US on work visas killed in balcony collapse in CaliforniaRead the original story

    Jun 16, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    A fourth-floor balcony of a California apartment building collapsed Tuesday, killing five Irish students and leaving eight other people with serious injuries during a 21st birthday party, officials said. All five of the dead in the college town of Berkeley were in the U.S. on temporary work visas, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said in Dublin.


  12. Sex and the drought: San Francisco hopes sexy ads coax more savings from water-thrifty cityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 10, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    No such thing, according to San Francisco Bay Area water officials who are rolling out a new line of racy public awareness ads coaxing an already water-thrifty metropolis to give it up just a bit more. "Go full frontal" blares one ad featuring a photo of a front-loading washer - sleek, steel and up to half as water-guzzling as a top-loading machine.


  13. Months after soda tax fails at ballot, San Francisco considers warning on soda advertisingRead the original story

    Jun 9, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favourite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. The "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance" would require health warnings on advertising within city limits - on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses.


  14. Helicopters ferry injured from remote Nepalese villages near earthquakea s epicenterRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster that killed more than 4,400 people across the region. Around noon, two helicopters brought in eight women from Ranachour village, two of them clutching babies to their breast, and a third heavily pregnant.


  15. Not your dada s night out: San Francisco symphonya s nightclub hits right note with younger fansRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    A Vegas-style nightclub with high-tech light and sound, video screens and several stages has become San Francisco's hottest venue for classical music. SoundBox is the San Francisco Symphony's latest effort to attract a younger audience as it faces dwindling ticket sales and an average attendee age of over 60. With sold-out performances that mix traditional and modern sounds in a casual, tech-friendly atmosphere, many say the city's symphony just hit the right note.


  16. No laughing matter: Cartoon museum seeks new home after rent doubles in downtown San FranciscoRead the original story

    Apr 22, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    The San Francisco facility bills itself as the only museum in the West dedicated to preserving and sharing "cartoon art in all its forms." Over the past 30 years, it has exhibited editorial cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, anime, Sunday funnies, Saturday morning cartoons and other works.


  17. Scientists rediscover sunken radioactive WWII aircraft carrier off Northern California coastRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 17, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk off the Northern California coast decades ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration located and recorded video of the U.S.S. Independence as part of a mission to map an estimated 300 historic shipwrecks in the waters outside San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.


  18. Robin Williamsa wife, children head to court in fight over late comediana s personal belongingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate. The attorneys are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge on Monday, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes.


  19. Flight club members say co-pilot from crashed plane was a very happya with Germanwings jobRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps.


  20. Father: Northern California woman reported kidnapped was dropped off at her mothera s homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald

    A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California home, police said. Denise Huskins' father, Mike Huskins, said his daughter called him around 9:30 a.m. to say she'd been dropped off at her mother's house in Huntington Beach.


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