Soldiers assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, participate in desert training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2009.

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Training for an uncertain military future in the CA desert

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

Everest mountain flight

CA man survives deadly Mt. Everest avalanche

Jon Reiter of Kenwood, California says he feel lucky to have survived the Mt. Everest avalanche that killed 12 Friday.

Bus Crash Kills 10 In Northern California

Orland bus crash: California Highway Patrol releases 911 tapes

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating last week's crash between a high school tour bus and a FedEx truck that killed 10 people.

Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Ordnance rendered safe; Solvang evacuations lifted

Evacuees from hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang were returning early Thursday after experts removed a military ordnance found in the town's business district and rendered it safe.

Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA's michoacanos

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

Bus crash memorials: 2 counselors and a student to be remembered

Memorials for three victims of the Orland bus crash that occurred when a bus collided with a FedEx truck will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Southern California.

Bus crash: Humboldt State vows to bring back surviving students

Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond said the university will do their best to arrange for surviving students who did not make it for preview weekend due to a fatal bus crash to come back and “try to avoid bringing them up on a bus.”

Bus Crash: NTSB vows to use tragedy to review bus safety laws

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency saw no evidence of the Fed-Ex truck was on fire before crashing. He added the department will use the investigation to examine bus regulations nationally.

Orland bus crash: Family and friends mourn Jennifer Bonilla

Authorities requested dental records and DNA to confirm she is one of five high school students who died Thursday in the fiery bus crash in Northern California. She was remembered as a star student with a knack for listening.

Orland bus crash: FedEx semi didn't brake before crash

Federal safety investigators say the driver of a Fedex tractor-trailer that struck a bus carrying high school students didn't appear to brake before a fiery collision that left 10 dead.

9 dead in NorCal I-5 crash of bus with LA-area high school students (updated)

The fiery crash involved a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college

Student loan plan for 'Dreamers' at UC, Cal State advances

Under a proposal backed by UC president Janet Napolitano, students brought to the country illegally as children could secure loans through California's public universities.

State of Affairs: State of the City address, no sprinkler use when it rains

KPCC's reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze join Take Two to talk politics.

California water interests prime the pump in Washington

As the state's crippling drought persists, lawmakers and lobbyists wrestle with how to respond. One lawmaker says: 'You can make water run uphill if you have enough money.'

Attorney general honored for rape kit processing

The program, adopted by eight of California counties, automates DNA testing — tripling the number of cases that can be handled, reducing processing time to 15 days.