News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. PDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein remains the favorite to capture California's U.S. Senate contest, despite seeing an endorsement from state Democratic Party leaders go to her little-known rival. Liberal legislator Kevin de Leon on Saturday snagged the backing of the state party's executive board, which snubbed the more moderate Feinstein. The vote underscored the party's leftward shift in the age of President Donald Trump, but Feinstein remains the front-runner after crushing de Leon in the June primary.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police chased a stolen firetruck across four Northern California counties during a wild high-speed pursuit that lasted nearly two hours and ended with the arrests of two suspects. Officials say the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District truck worth about $1 million was taken from the scene of a grass fire. The truck reached 70 mph as it sped through Sacramento, Placer, Yuba and Butte counties. The truck was eventually stopped and a man and a woman were arrested.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - A California official says the body of a firefighter killed during a wildfire near Yosemite National Park won't be retrieved until at least Monday. Braden Varney was driving a bulldozer when he died Saturday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire says Varney's body is in a precarious location in steep terrain and conditions are too dangerous to allow crews to get close Sunday.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A California mother facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter of her children after losing control of her car and plunging into the Petaluma River has reached a plea agreement. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell says Alejandra Hernandez-Ruiz, of Rohnert Park, changed her plea from not guilty to no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one for each of her daughters.
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