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San Diego County program for nonviolent felons may be helping to keep people from returning to jail

People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes, according to new data from the San Diego County Probation Department.

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Arizona woman dies after car-to-car shooting in Pomona

Pomona police arrested a suspect Saturday after an Arizona woman was fatally wounded during a car-to-car shooting, authorities reported. 

According to police, Deborah Gutierrez, 34, was shot at about 3:30 a.m. near Holt and San Antonio avenues while riding in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by Demar Jacobs, 39, of Chino Hills.

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Evacuation ordered as fire consumes almost 2,000 acres in northern Big Sur area and threatens homes

Evacuations were ordered Saturday as a fast-moving brush fire threatened about 1,000 homes in the northern Big Sur area of Monterey County, state officials reported.

The Soberanes fire began Friday morning in Garrapata State Park about five miles south of Carmel, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Gov. Jerry Brown denies parole for former Manson family member

Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday to Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of Charles Manson's cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Brown said Van Houten, the youngest member of Manson's "family," posed "an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison."

 A two-member California review board had granted parole to Van Houten in April.

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More evacuations ordered as 11,000-acre brush fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn out of control

A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has scorched more than 11,000 acres, prompting new evacuations Saturday afternoon for hundreds of homes in the area, authorities said.

The evacuation order was issued about 3:15 p.m. for residents in Sand Canyon, extending from Robinson’s Ranch Golf Course up to Bear Divide, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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Case against Trump University should move forward, judge rules

A federal judge indicated Friday that he would allow a lawsuit by former customers of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now-defunct real estate program, Trump University, to move forward.

In a tentative oral ruling on a motion to dismiss the case, U.S.

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