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Friends, family stand by Santa Clara County jail guards accused of killing inmate

SAN JOSE -- The three rookie Santa Clara County correction officers arrested Thursday on suspicion of murdering a male inmate inside his jail cell last week had begun their careers with hope and promise. 
California gas tax hike?: Brown administration meets with Republicans, presents roadway repair plan
The plan would generate roughly $3.5 billion annually, said one source with knowledge of the proposal. Most of the money would come from raising the gas tax 6 cents, increasing the diesel tax by 11 cents and creating a new $65 vehicle registration fee. 

Crews fight 450-acre fire in rural Northern California
Evacuation orders for 60 people remain in effect for a rural area of Lake County as crews rush to quell a wildfire burning through timber in steep terrain. 

85-year-old Northern California man faces murder trial, prosecution rejects dementia claims
An 85-year-old man accused of stabbing his wife to death will stand trial after the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office dismissed an evaluation that found the man to be mentally 

Governor Brown signs measure to provide earthquake tax relief
Residents and businesses affected by last summer's Napa earthquake were given a boost on Tuesday.  

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — What's got Captain America quaking in his boots? Actor Chris Evans, known for playing the iconic Marvel superhero, is making his directorial debut with the indie film "Before We Go" and the stakes have never felt higher.   Full Story
 
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury that found a former Las Vegas firefighter guilty of murder and conspiracy for hiring an ex-convict to kill his estranged wife is convening again to decide if he'll ever have a chance to get out of prison.   Full Story
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov.   Full Story
 
 
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'Star Wars' BB-8 droid is an instant hit

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandise unveiling has fans waiting in line outside stores.