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Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

January 29, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State

Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State

Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State

State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State

California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State

California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

January 29, 2015 | | State

Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

January 29, 2015 | | State

State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State

Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State

State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State

Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State

Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State

Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State

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Donors spend record $458M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

Sanders tells soda tax foes to stop using his name

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

SoCal schools cope with heat from gusty winds

WESTMINSTER (AP) - Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

High speed: Newsom back on board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he no longer opposes California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan, after withdrawing support for the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds gusted out of the mountains of Southern California on Wednesday, driving up temperatures and fanning several small brush fires ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Man sentenced to 30 years for trying to aid Islamic State

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former California college student was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for trying to aid the Islamic State group.

October 19, 2016 | | State

Sanchez struggles in California Senate fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loretta Sanchez is entering the final weeks in California's U.S. Senate race short on money and trailing in polls.

October 19, 2016 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

MJC presents author Wes Moore in free public presentation

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Office of Student Equity presents guest speaker Wes Moore on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Main ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Did Wells Fargo employees steal customer IDs?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general is conducting a criminal investigation into whether employees at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank stole customers' identities in the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals ...

October 19, 2016 | | State operators seek to drop pimp charges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The operators of an international website that advertises escort services asked a California judge Wednesday to throw out charges against them of pimping ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


ANAHEIM (AP) - "The Twilight Zone" is ceding way to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Disneyland's popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Two slain police officers remembered

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Mom’s friend named as suspect in Sacramento triple homicide

SACRAMENTO AP) - A family friend is suspected in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons, Sacramento police said Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | | State

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