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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego County sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to groping or assaulting 12 women while on duty, including some who'd been arrested. Richard Fischer entered pleas Thursday to assault and battery by an officer, sexual battery and false imprisonment.

PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) - Fire has engulfed a three-story apartment building in a Los Angeles suburb. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says about 100 firefighters are battling a blaze in the three-story building in Pico Rivera. The fire erupted in a vacant apartment at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The complex has been evacuated. Fire officials say one person _ not a firefighter _ has been injured but there are no other details.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California state senator has resigned over sexual misconduct allegations just ahead of a possible vote by his colleagues to expel him. Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza's spokesman, Robert Alaniz, says Mendoza stepped down Thursday. He's the third California lawmaker to resign over sexual misconduct claims in recent months.

(AP) - California Democrats are gathering this weekend to chart out a path for 2018 success and confront still-simmering divisions over the party's path forward in a state that calls itself the resistance to President Donald Trump. Elected officials and 3,400 activists are meeting in San Diego for three days beginning Friday for the party's annual convention.

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