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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


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Cross-border wedding held as California ‘Door of Hope’ opens

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A United States man and a Mexican woman have wed between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


1,000 bikes found beneath SoCal homeless camp

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities clearing homeless encampments along a Southern California river have found at least two makeshift underground bunkers, including one that contained more ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in Bay Area

MARTINEZ (AP) - Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Light shines on Capitol partying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Napa Valley wineries assess wildfires’ long- term pocketbook effects

NAPA (AP) - A month after deadly wildfires swept through California's famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Two women sue Uber, alleging sexual assault

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two women are suing Uber, alleging that inadequate driver background checks and monitoring left them and thousands of others vulnerable to sexual ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Woman collapses after found in alleged botched murder

VISTA (AP) - A woman collapsed in a California courtroom after hearing she had been found guilty in what authorities called a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Man shoots, kills self in ruins of home burned in wildfires

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old man apparently shot and killed himself amid the remains of his home that burned in last month's ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


UCLA players facing punishment after China shoplifting incident

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Gunman randomly kills 4 in NorCal

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE (AP) - A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire "without provocation" in a tiny, rural Northern California ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


PG&E utility sued for ‘profits over safety’ in rash of deadly wildfires

BURLINGAME (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was blamed in three lawsuits filed Tuesday for negligence in the wildfires that killed more than 40 people ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Delay makes it unlikely SF will recreational pot Jan. 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors delayed voting Tuesday on proposed pot regulations, making it more unlikely that people in this weed-friendly city will be ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


State looks into free DNA tests

SANTA CLARA (AP) - California officials are looking into free DNA tests that are handed out to fans at 49ers games.

November 14, 2017 | | State


Christian players frustrated by criticism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Reid and other Christian players who support Colin Kaepernick's social justice movement want believers on the opposite side of the ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


Mendoza harassment case US Senate candidate Kevin De Leon under spotlight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - News that a sitting California senator is being investigated for sexual harassment against a young female employee has put a fresh spotlight on ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


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