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Lawmakers OK $687 million drought plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to drought-stricken communities, a package that includes emergency money for communities running low on drinking water and farming communities where fallowed fields are leading to sky-high unemployment.

February 27, 2014 | | State


California snowpack still well below normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Water Resources says its latest survey shows the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal - bad news for the drought-stricken state.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Hard times drive adult kids to return home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 2.3 million adult children are living with their parents in California, a 63 percent increase since the Great Recession began seven years ago and a phenomenon straining budgets and pushing some families to the brink of poverty, according to a study released Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Jerry Brown will seek re-election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday, stepping into a contest that the former three-time presidential candidate is expected to dominate.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Brothers in country illegally face federal charges for illegal weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento brothers were charged Thursday with making hundreds of illegal, untraceable firearms as part of what law enforcement officials said was a wide-ranging network designed to skirt federal laws.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Committees OK $687M in drought relief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Olsen fears $13 an hour minimum wage will cost 500,000 Californians their jobs

California Assembly member Kristin Olsen isn't wild about the loss of jobs that raising the minimum wage to $13 could trigger.

February 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | State


Storms bring rain, threat of flooding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Police officers’ arrests shake King City folks

KING CITY (AP) - A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Redding home incineration costs more than $170K

REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California say the operation that ended in the incineration of an explosive-laden mobile home cost the county more than $170,000.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Refinery blocks federal inquiry into accident

MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Court rules against protester at California military base

VANDENBERG (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against an anti-war activist who was barred from a protest area near the main gate at a California Air Force base.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Santa Monica considers saving anti-war sculpture

SANTA MONICA (AP) - The two-year chain reaction of controversy that a gigantic sculpture of a nuclear mushroom cloud has set off across Santa Monica's otherwise friendly shores may finally be ending.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Child dies from infected rat; family sues Petco

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Police arrested in car impound scheme

KING CITY (AP) - Police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme in which more than 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded, towed and later sold when the car owners couldn't pay the fees, authorities said Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 | | State


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Brown signs $1B water plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Chances of being locked up vary widely across state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

March 27, 2015 | | State


‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man

BERKELEY (AP) - A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.

March 27, 2015 | | State


4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage

COALINGA (AP) - A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

March 27, 2015 | | State


San Francisco inmates forced to fight?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Internet outages reveal gaps in infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

March 27, 2015 | | State


SolarCity says it will hire 300 new employees in sales

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Yellen: A rate increase possible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

March 27, 2015 | | State


ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

March 26, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

March 26, 2015 | | State


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