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Contra Costa County (California)

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  • Port Chicago, site of a World War II home front tragedy, is a classroom today

    Port Chicago, site of a World War II home front tragedy, is a classroom today
    The bombs erupted along Pier No. 1, thousands of them, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. And 66 years later, you can still spot a few twisted hunks of metal near water's edge, an American flag snapping in the wind overhead. This is Port...
  • Man charged in slayings of four women in Northern California; victims share alliteration of names

     
    Did their names play a part in their deaths at the hands of a serial killer? A Nevada man was charged Wednesday in Marin County with the slayings of four women from 1977 to 1994 in Northern California. The victims:......
  • Post-Sentencing Garrido House Still In Limbo

    Post-Sentencing Garrido House Still In Limbo
    With boarded up windows, a drooping fence and waist-deep weeds, the home sitting at 1554 Walnut Avenue in Antioch couldn't be called "charming" by a realtor and has zero curb appeal. According to Contra Costa County, the land and home where Jaycee Lee...
  • Murder Suspect Shot After Refusing to Drop Meat Cleaver

    Murder Suspect Shot After Refusing to Drop Meat Cleaver
    VALLEJO, Calif. -- Police are looking for a missing man as part of their investigation into a murder suspect who led officers on a high-speed chase with his dead girlfriend in the passenger seat, according to police. Efren Valdemoro, 38, was shot and...
  • Photographer Charged in Murders of 4 Women With Matching Initials

    Photographer Charged in Murders of 4 Women With Matching Initials
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- A freelance photographer is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of four northern California women dating back more than three decades, authorities said Tuesday. Joseph Naso, 77, was arrested Monday by Marin County...
  • Jerome Waldie, dies at 84; former state and federal lawmaker

    Jerome Waldie, the former Northern California assemblyman and congressman who became an early advocate of impeaching President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, died Friday at his home in Placerville. He was 84. Waldie had been in poor health the...
  • Army Pvt. Benjamin B. Tollefson, 22, Concord, Calif.; killed in mortar attack in Iraq

    It had become, like many of their activities, tradition. So, every year, at the end of January, Ben Tollefson and Cory Renfrow spent a day hiking up Mt. Diablo in Contra Costa County. They would take their time walking past the pine trees and poison oak,...
  • O.C. burn areas under mandatory evacuation

    O.C. burn areas under mandatory evacuation
    Orange County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations, beginning tonight at 7 p.m., of four canyon communities hit hard by the October fires -- a move they said is necessary in advance of expected heavy downpours. The evacuation orders for residents...
  • Early-bird voters sometimes get burned

    Virginia and Libero Daniel made up their minds more than two weeks ago on whom they'd be supporting in California's presidential primary. So they marked their absentee ballots and mailed them in early. Both voted for Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani. And...
  • A new California Constitution?

    Last week, on the first day of the new legislative year, with both parties still circling the previous session's unfinished budget business, lawmakers put out a cry for help. Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo and Democratic Sen. Mark...
  • Electronic voting is facing a recall

    Second of two parts Electronic voting was widely embraced -- with the help of the federal government -- as the cure for inaccuracies in vote counting that roiled the 2000 presidential election. But eight years later, the fix has spawned a new round of...
  • Shell Oil paying millions for tank violations

     
    Shell Oil Co. will pay $19.5 million in civil penalties and fees to settle a state complaint involving hundreds of environmental violations at its California gas stations. A state investigation found problems with leak detection and monitoring of...