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Wooing Amazon with sun, fun … and giant buttons

Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’re brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. Literally. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the …

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Fire at huge Chevron oil refinery in Los Angeles area

A fire has broken out at a huge Chevron oil refinery in the Los Angeles area. Police say the fire erupted late Tuesday night at the Chevron El Segundo Refinery. The company’s website says the 1,000-acre refinery is the largest on the West Coast. The fire sent smoke into surrounding …

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Candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham unveils economic agenda

A prominent Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, spelled out her economic plan Tuesday with calls for an increase in the statewide minimum wage, lifting the cap on film-industry subsidies and ramping up renewable energy requirements for electric utilities. Lujan Grisham’s 10-point plan aims to create …

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Stanislaus County decision bans roosters in rural residential areas

Stanislaus County residents like Connie Goesch are hoping for peace and quiet from an ordinance amendment approved by county supervisors Tuesday evening. Supervisors voted 5-0 to outlaw roosters and other noisy creatures, such as ducks, geese and peacocks, from unincorporated residential areas near cities and towns. Last year, Goesch suggested …

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Turnovers troubling Josh Rosen, UCLA’s offense

UCLA’s offense is prolific in many areas, including turning the ball over. That has to change for the Bruins to pull out of a funk where they have lost three of four games, including a 47-30 defeat at Arizona last week during which quarterback Josh Rosen threw three interceptions and …

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Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue

Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region’s deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court says drought-like …

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Mark Mesiti admits to abusing, killing daughter in Ceres

After just a few days of testimony in his murder trial, Mark Edward Mesiti on Tuesday pleaded guilty to all charges involved in the drugging, sexual abuse and killing of his teenage daughter, Alycia Mesiti. Eight years ago, the 14-year-old girl’s body was found buried in the backyard of the …

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