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California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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‘Migrant Mother’ photographer’s images of oppressed resonate

OAKLAND (AP) - Dorothea Lange was driving by a pea pickers' camp on the California coast when she stumbled across a weary mother and her many ...

May 21, 2017 | | State


California Demo chair race angers ‘Berniecrats’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic activists loyal to the Sen. Bernie Sanders aren't ready to give up after their favored candidate came tantalizingly close but fell ...

May 21, 2017 | | State


More states allow sunscreen at schools without doctor’s OK

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Susan Grenon makes sure her son is lathered with sunscreen before he leaves for school in the morning, but the fair-skinned ...

May 14, 2017 | | State


Gov. Brown asks Trump’s help with high-speed train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking an unlikely ally in his bid to create a high-speed train line between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

May 14, 2017 | | State


California planning upgrade for driver’s licenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With a deadline looming, California is planning to spend more than $220 million to bring driver's licenses and state identification cards up ...

May 14, 2017 | | State


Ex-governor’s ambitions paved way to Oroville Dam crisis, records say

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Historical records reveal the late Gov. Pat Brown misled voters about the cost of building the nation's tallest dam, ignored recommendations to ...

May 14, 2017 | | State


Budget includes $15M to help Californians facing deportation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked an extra $15 million in the California budget to expand legal defense services for people battling deportation, according ...

May 14, 2017 | | State


Judge stays minor leaguers’ wage suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has stayed proceedings in a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging they are paid less than minimum wage ...

May 07, 2017 | | State


Orange County sheriffs accused of poaching fire rescue calls

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopters have been poaching rescue calls sent to the Fire Authority for several months in a costly ...

May 07, 2017 | | State


Cuts put spotlight on student race questions on school forms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After volunteering at her children's Los Angeles middle school for nearly a decade, Carol Convey was told the number of teachers ...

May 07, 2017 | | State


GOV. BROWN SLAMS DENHAM

SACRAMENTO (AP) - All 14 California Republicans in Congress voted for the GOP's health care bill. Half represent districts that supported Hillary Clinton in the ...

May 05, 2017 | | State


Slaying of camp workers on NorCal beach may be solved

SANTA ROSA (AP) - California authorities believe they have solved the slayings of two young Bible-camp counselors found shot to death as they slept on a ...

May 05, 2017 | | State


Pre-existing conditions and health plan: Who’s covered?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their ...

May 05, 2017 | | State


Can chronic meth use lead to psychosis?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Over the past seven years, Los Angeles jail officials have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of mentally ill ...

April 30, 2017 | | State


LA peace parades mark anniversary of Rodney King riots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty-five years ago, a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, sparking looting and violence ...

April 30, 2017 | | State


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