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    San Jose woman pleads not guilty to leaving kids in car at North Bay casino

    A San Jose woman pleaded not guilty in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning to two felony child endangerment charges alleging she left her two young children in a parked car while she visited the Graton Resort and Casino near Rohnert Park in June.  
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    An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday.  
     
    The state Public Utilities Commission has landed in a fresh controversy following a disclosure Wednesday that Carol Brown, ousted top aide to the PUC's most powerful official, is on leave and could resume her previous duties as an administrative law judge.  
     
    About 10 minutes before she was struck and killed by a freight train, 14-year-old Jenna Betti texted her parents that she and her friend were heading back from a walk and that they'd be home shortly.  
     
    Online ride-sharing companies will provide more insurance for drivers under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, capping a year of intense wrangling between the nascent industry and lawmakers.  
     
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    Review: 'The Maze Runner' perks up tired YA action formula

    The action film based on James Dashner's books has its flaws, including a somewhat disappointing ending, but it's compelling and well-made and should appeal to young viewers.