Get a taste of Denmark in California's Solvang

Nov 22, 2014

Get a taste of Denmark in California's Solvang

by Solvej Schou

As a Southern California native with a Danish dad and the tongue-twisting Danish name “Solvej,” I’ve always been asked, somewhat cheekily, “Hey! Do you know the town Solvang?” I do, of course. Yet, as an adult, I only passed through the touristy enclave of ...

Nov 12, 2014

Boy survives 70-meter fall down California oceanside cliff

A 4-year-old boy on a family hike on California’s scenic northern coast fell 230 feet (70 meters) down an oceanside cliff but managed to survive and was conscious when rescuers reached him on the rocky shore below, a fire official said on Tuesday. After ...

Nov 7, 2014

Silk Road sequel leads to California arrest

A man has been arrested for starting a spinoff version of the shuttered Silk Road website, enabling more than 100,000 people to buy and sell illegal drugs in the last year, authorities announced Thursday. Blake Benthall, 26, faces a conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking ...

Oct 14, 2014

After-dark clown sightings trouble California city

People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm. Officers searched but didn’t find anyone. The Bakersfield ...

Wildfires burn along key California highway; air tankers grounded

Oct 10, 2014

Wildfires burn along key California highway; air tankers grounded

A series of small wildfires that broke out along an interstate highway brought the partial shutdown of the key road between Northern California and Nevada, while California’s fleet of 22 air tankers was grounded after one of the planes crashed while battling a wildfire ...

Oct 1, 2014

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the first statewide ban in the U.S. on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek ...

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Sep 12, 2014

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital ...