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Santa Barbara looks to sea for water

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Cinco de Drinko triggers protests at Cal Davis

DAVIS (AP) - Students at the University of California, Davis, have cancelled plans for a drinking party dubbed Cinco de Drinko, after protesters called it racially insensitive.

May 04, 2014 | | State


UK firm seeks to mine headwater of Smith River

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) - Residents of Del Norte County in the upper reaches of California fear what may happen if a company based in London follows through with plans to mine nickel along the Smith River tributaries.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Twin sisters reunited in SoCal after 78 years apart

FULLERTON (AP) - It's been 78 years since Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were last together - in their mother's womb.

May 04, 2014 | | State


SF man enters wrong apartment, shot dead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a 26-year-old San Francisco man who was fatally shot says he entered the wrong apartment in the early morning hours after a night out drinking.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Veteran’s daughter sues over father’s remains

SACRAMENTO AP) - The daughter of a Vietnam War veteran who died in 2005 has sued county officials, saying they mishandled her father's remains by burying him in a pauper's grave when he deserved higher honors.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Spam to be used to lure invasive big-headed ants

COSTA MESA (AP) - California agriculture officials are on the hunt for an invasive species of ant that's been spotted in an Orange County yard -- and they'll use Spam as bait.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Biplane crashes at Travis AFB air show

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A vintage biplane crashed Sunday while performing at a Northern California air show attended by thousands of people.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Wildfire fear rises; tanker fleet incomplete

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Illegal drones a daily sight in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Stabbing prompts search for state fire battalion chief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement authorities were searching Friday for a training instructor for the state's firefighting agency after a woman was found fatally stabbed in a Sacramento-area home.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Sonoma enters power business against PG&E

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A second public agency began providing electricity to residents under California's community choice aggregation program.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Little state could have done to keep Toyota

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.

May 02, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK 18% OF NORMAL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With summer approaching and California's snowpack measuring a fraction of normal, state officials said Thursday they will likely order farmers and other big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Bill cleans up illegals driver’s license program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers approved on Thursday tweaks to a program Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, after businesses and advocates raised concerns.

May 01, 2014 | | State


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Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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


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