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Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State

Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State

Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State

Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State

Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State

Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State

Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State

State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State

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Man who says he was cartel enforcer pleads guilty to murders

VISALIA . (AP) - A man who says he was a cartel enforcer pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of murder in California after acknowledging to investigators ...

October 07, 2015 | | State

Study: No fracking bonanza for California’s Monterey Shale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California's vast Monterey Shale oil deposits.

October 07, 2015 | | State

Golden Gate Park slaying victim was 23-year-old Canadian tourist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A young Canadian woman whose body was found in Golden Gate Park over the weekend was on her first solo backpacking trip ...

October 07, 2015 | | State

Homicide victim found on Bay Area hiking trail

FAIRFAX (AP) - A man was found shot to death on a Northern California hiking trail with his wounded dog attached by leash to his hand.

October 07, 2015 | | State

Twitter gives co-founder second chance as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is embracing Jack Dorsey as its CEO in hopes that its once-spurned co-founder can hatch a plan to expand the short ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

General Mills recalling Cheerios over incorrect gluten-free labeling

LODI (AP) - General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Nevada, SF agree to settle mental patient dumping suit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada has tentatively agreed to pay $400,000 to the City and County of San Francisco to settle allegations that the ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Pension overhaul backers alter language

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to cut pension spending for California state and local government employees said Monday that they were dropping ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Group sues over demolition of Marilyn Monroe’s one-time home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles trampled state and local laws when it approved demolition of a home where Marilyn Monroe briefly lived ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Agency issues custody standards for illegals

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol's parent agency on Monday issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Brown OKs right- -to-die legislation for terminally ill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing terminally ill people in the nation's most populous state to take their own lives, saying ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Report details trapped firefighters’ ordeal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four California firefighters were in serious trouble almost immediately after a helicopter dropped them near ground zero of what they thought would ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Shooter showed little sympathy

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand up.

October 04, 2015 | | State

Heavy rain, hundreds rescued

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Kennedy memoir takes hard look

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses what ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

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