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January 8, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two mammals are drawn to a stretch of Northern California's coast at this time of year: northern elephant seals and humans eager to see them. Hundreds of the huge marine mammals cover the sands at Ano Nuevo State Park between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay to fight, mate and give birth. And Seal Adventure Weekend on Jan. 26 and 27 offers a rare opportunity to spend  half a day observing and photographing the extraordinary lust fest on the beach. "You'll see males without their own harems--we call them bachelors--lurking outside the harems, and the alpha bulls roaring at them," Joyce Pennell, president of the Coastside State Parks Assn., says of the event held during the height of the January breeding season.
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March 10, 2014 | By Shelby Grad and Richie Duchon
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the coast of Northern California on Sunday night was the largest on the West Coast since the 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010. Sunday's temblor was followed by a series of at least 13 aftershocks as large as a magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The big quake occurred at 10:18 p.m. in the Pacific Ocean 50 miles west of Eureka in Humboldt County. The USGS put the depth of the quake at about four miles. Several of the aftershocks were much closer to land, including one about 16 miles off the coast that registered as a magnitude 3.4. FULL COVERAGE: California earthquake safety Eureka Police Department Sgt. Brian Stephens said there had been no reports of significant damage or injuries from the initial quake.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Alemany, Harvard-Westlake, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Valencia and West Ranch will be the sites for the California Classic, a summer baseball tournament next weekend that will include Clovis West, De La Salle, Bellarmine, Mitty, El Grove and Buchanan traveling to Southern California. Games will be played on July 19 at 5 p.m., July 20 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and July 21 at 10 a.m. Among the featured games will be Harvard-Westlake taking on De La Salle at 2 p.m. on July 20 and Alemany facing Bellarmine at 5 p.m. on July 19. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An eight-term district attorney in Northern California announced Tuesday that he will retire early, roughly two months after he was named as an arson suspect in a fire at his ex-lover's house. Sutter County Dist. Atty. Carl Adams will step down Nov. 15, the Washington Post reported . His legal secretary, Dee Dee Baca, said no reason was given for Adams' retiring before the end of his eighth term. In August, Adams was named in a search warrant affidavit as a suspect in the fire at a home of his former lover, Sarah Garibay, who once worked as a paid escort, the Post reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Federal officials will reopen a 68,000-acre conservation area in Northern California on Friday that was closed for two weeks because of a manhunt for the suspected killer of his wife and two young daughters. Shane Franklin Miller, 45, allegedly shot his wife, Sandy, 34, and daughters Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 5, to death on the night of May 7. The triple killing happened near Shingletown in Shasta County, but investigators said Miller fled in his pickup truck about 200 miles to Petrolia, a town of about 300 residents, in coastal Humboldt County.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Two new Amazon.com warehouses in Northern California have shipped their first customer orders, well ahead of the Christmas rush. A million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy, south of Sacramento, sent a book titled "Raise the Bar" to a Menlo Park reader. A similar facility in nearby Patterson shipped a curtain rod to a Florida buyer, Amazon said. Photos: Top Halloween costumes for kids Between the two centers, Amazon has hired more than 700 full-time employees to pick, pack and ship customer orders," the Seattle company said.
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November 26, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A Northern California man faces possible animal cruelty charges after authorities removed nearly 30 starving dogs from property on which he was allegedly squatting. Nevada County sheriff's officials, alerted by public complaints, arrived at the North San Juan area property over the weekend to find no food and dogs that were in "poor condition. "  Animal control officers were initially only able to capture 26 dogs Saturday after the owner gave a command and the pack scattered into the surrounding forest, according to the sheriff's office.
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July 29, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A soldier from Northern California will receive the Medal of Honor for bravery during combat in Afghanistan, the White House announced Monday. Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the medal from President Obama in a White House ceremony set for Aug. 26. Carter, 33, is being recognized for bravery during a six-hour battle in Afghanistan's mountainous Nuristan province on Oct., 3, 2009. Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and 25 wounded as enemy fighters attempted, unsuccessfully, to overrun Combat Outpost Keating.
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March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Shelby Grad
The large 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern California on Sunday was the state's largest earthquake in nearly a decade. But it caused no damage or injuries. That's because the quake was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. By the time the waves reach the shore, they had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the north coast felt only moderate to light shaking.
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April 1, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern California man who won a $425.3-million Powerball jackpot had been playing the lottery for two decades before he struck it big, he said Tuesday. Retiree B. Raymond Buxton came forward Tuesday to officially claim his prize, telling officials he purposely chose April Fool's Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. He wore a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have.” His cash option will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes.
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