San Quentin Inmate Free After 25 Years On Death RowA man who spent almost a quarter of a century on California's Death Row took his first steps of freedom right into his family's arms Thursday after his conviction in the rape and killing of his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter was overturned.
Sheriff On Video: It's 'Better Financially' To Kill Suspects A 12-year-old video showing a sheriff discussing the cost of inmate and suspect deaths has sparked controversy in the California county where he is facing re-election.
Inmate's Sentence Overturned After 25 Years On Death RowA California man who has been on Death Row for more than 20 years could go free after the state Supreme Court threw out his sentence and conviction on charges that he raped and murdered a toddler.
1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Shooting Outside Bakersfield CasinoKern County Sheriff's Lt. Ian Chandler says several other people suffered minor injuries as they tried to run out of the casino after the shooting.
Bakersfield Unbaked: Kern County Bans Marijuana SalesKern County has banned the sale of marijuana even as California legalizes it.
14 Shot, 2 Critically Wounded, Outside Bakersfield Teen House PartyPeople were hit in the arms, legs and chest. The critically injured are expected to survive.
Crews Battle Deadly Lake Isabella Wildfire In Scorching HeatCrews made progress against a wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes as it tore through mountain communities near Lake Isabella in Kern County.
Kern County Wildfire Burns 150 Homes; 1,100 Firefighters Battle Deadly BlazeCrews are busy counting the homes incinerated by a fire raging through rural communities around Lake Isabella in Kern County.
Elderly Couple Dead, 80 Homes Burn As Wildfire Roars Through Kern CountyA vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said.
California Farm Use Of Oilfield Wastewater Prompts Food-Safety InquirySome popular California-grown fruits and nuts are irrigated with wastewater from oilfields. No one has been checking if the practice is actually safe -- until now.
Some Central Valley Orchards Irrigated With Oilfield WastewaterSome of the biggest growers in the Central Valley area aren't worried about conserving water because they've found a steady supply -- but there's a catch.
UC Study: 2005 Central Valley Quakes Triggered By Oilfield InjectionA 2005 spate of quakes in the Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a UC study said.