Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96 after 70 years on the throne

By DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and SYLVIA HUI LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her side after her health took a turn for the worse. A link to the almost-vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known. Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically becomes king, though the coronation might not take place for months. It is not known whether he will call himself King Charles III or some other name. The BBC played the national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” over a portrait of her in full regalia as her death was announced, and the flag over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-staff as the second Elizabethan age came to a close. The impact of her loss will be huge and unpredictable, both for the nation and for the

Behind enemy lines: 49ers vs. Bears, five questions with opposing beat writer

Five questions with Courtney Cronin, who covers the Chciago Bears for ESPN: 1. The Bears brought in Matt Eberflus as head coach, who hired Luke Getsy as an offensive coordinator. Getsy was in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. How has Justin Fields looked so far in the new system and what is the level of expectations for him in 2022? Getsy might have been the most important acquisition in Chicago this offseason as it relates to what’s going to help Justin Fields. The new OC immediately made changes to Fields’ footwork, having him put his left foot forward and his right foot back in his shotgun stance. Rodgers does the same thing. No surprise considering Getsy was his quarterbacks coach the last three seasons and brought a multitude of concepts from Green Bay’s scheme to Chicago. The story of the offseason for Fields was balancing the patience of learning a new offense while wanting everything to quickly feel like second nature. There were plenty of ups and downs from the spring through training camp for the entire offense, but Fields seemed to cast any doubt

PG&E eyes higher monthly bills, rising revenue requirement: new filing

OAKLAND — PG&E has floated a request for an additional revenue requirement in updated regulatory testimony, a proposal that could cause the average customer bill to jump several dollars, according to an official government filing. The PG&E proposal, if state regulators adopt the plan in its present form, would lead to an increase of $7.31 in the average monthly bill for the typical customer who receives combined electricity and gas services and whose bills aren’t subsidized. Lower-income CARE customers whose bills are subsidized would see an average increase of $4.84 a month for combined electricity and gas services. At present, non-subsidized typical customers pay an average monthly bill of $233.67 for combined electricity and gas services, according to information provided by PG&E spokesperson Lynsey Paulo. The proposed revenue change would bring the projected average monthly bill for combined services to a new total of $240.98. At present, electricity services alone are running at an average of $167.23 per month, while gas services cost $66.44 a month, PG&E said. Inflation has begun to jolt PG&E to a significant extent, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission

Kickoff the season with some challenging football trivia

Football might not be quiiiite as stat-obsessed as baseball, but fans still can spend endless hours recalling the minutiae of a game played 25 years ago on an unusually cold Sunday in December. Can you even call yourself a fan if you don’t know your gridiron trivia? Let’s line up on the 20 and get ready to play. (Find the answers here.) 1. If you think American football can see some brutal hits, you should have seen it in the 1900s, when games featured phalanxes of brutish players locking arms and running full force at each other wearing only the padding their mothers gave them. Players not only were routinely injured, some were killed. After Stanford and Cal both replaced their football programs with rugby, the gentler sport, and other colleges threatened to do the same, one man stepped forward to save football, bringing college officials together and setting some stricter rules against maiming and killing opponents. Who was this man? a) Knute Rockne b) Vince Lombardi c) Teddy Roosevelt d) Harvard president Charles Eliot 2. We all know Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park was

Children in Northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma

SONOMA — Maia and Mia Bravo stepped outside their house on a bright summer day and sensed danger. A hint of smoke from burning wood wafted through their dirt-and-grass yard anchored by native trees. Maia, 17, searched for the source as Mia, 14, reached for the garden hose, then turned on the spigot and doused the perimeter of the property with water. The smoky smell sent the sisters back to one gusty October evening in 2017 when wildfire came for their previous home. From the back of the family’s minivan that night, the girls watched flames surround their trailer in Glen Ellen, a village in Northern California’s wine country. They abandoned their belongings, including Mia’s favorite doll, and left without their cat, Misi, who was spooked by the fire. The only thing the family saved was the 3-month-old’s baby blanket. The family drove away, weaving through dark roads illuminated by burning trees and flaming tumbleweeds. Mia was quiet. Maia vomited. As California wildfires grow more intense, frequent, and widespread, many children who live through them are experiencing lasting psychological trauma such as anxiety, depression, and

Mosquito Fire smoke drifts across region, sinking air quality

PLACER COUNTY – Smoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in rural Placer County is drifting into the valley on Thursday. The National Weather Service says wildfire smoke is expected to continue to impact the region, including the Sacramento area, for the next several days. Here is the updated smoke forecast for #Norcal. Smoke from the #MosquitoFire will continue to impact parts of #NorCal over the next couple days. For your local air quality forecast visit https://t.co/LRRlZa8Gmk for the latest near surface smoke loop https://t.co/DLEkoh4Nnz #CAwx pic.twitter.com/dZX4eCLhDq— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 8, 2022 It comes as another round of record-high temperatures is expected on Thursday across the valley. New numbers also show that the Mosquito Fire grew by more than 1,000 acres overnight, now totaling 6,870 acres. Still no containment has been reported as of Thursday morning. Fire agencies from across Northern California are battling the wildfire, which is burning near Foresthill. Air support was attacking the blaze from the sky, but the unprecedented heat wave is making conditions unbearable for fire crews.An evacuation center is open in Placer County at the Bell Road Baptist Church

Mosquito Fire burning near Oxbow Reservoir in Placer County tops 6,870 acres and is 0% contained

PLACER COUNTY – The fast-spreading Mosquito Fire burning in Placer County has grown to over 6,870 acres.SIZE AND PROGRESSThe Mosquito Fire started Tuesday next to the Oxbow Reservoir and quickly spread overnight. The fire has now grown to 6,870 acres and is 0% contained as of Thursday morning. In nearby El Dorado County, the sheriff’s office is warning residents of the fire and has issued evacuation orders.Smoke from the fire is also spreading into the valley and is causing a dip in air quality. EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGSThese areas are under evacuation orders:ForesthillChicken HawkMichigan BlufffBath RoadCrystal View LaneVolcanovilleThese areas are under evacuation warnings:QuintetteEvacuation Centers: Bell Road Baptist Church (77 Bell Road in Auburn)Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall (24601 Harrison St, Foresthill)Cool Community Church (863 Cave Valley Road, Cool). Animals can be taken to Placer County Animal Services Center (11232 B Avenue in Auburn). So far, no structures are threatened.Oxbow Reservoir is located 69 miles northeast of Sacramento, just five miles east of Foresthill in the Tahoe National Forest. It’s at the top of the middle fork of the American River, just upstream from the famous whitewater rapids called the “tunnel chute.”

Hit-and-run leaves woman dead in Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA – A deadly hit-and-run has a major Rancho Cordova road closed early Thursday morning. The scene is near Coloma Road and McGregor Drive. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, a woman who was crossing the street was struck just before 5 a.m. That woman then died from her injuries. Her name has not been released. No suspect information has been released at this point.Police say Coloma Road is closed between McGregor and Benita drives due to the investigation. No estimated time of reopening has been given.