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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


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


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1/4 of California kids seen as gender nonconforming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than a quarter of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as "gender nonconforming," meaning those boys ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


State lawmakers propose health coverage for illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


UC system sets new record for applicants for 13th straight year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students are applying to the University of California system in record numbers for the 13th straight year, according to preliminary data released ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


Police bust multimillion-dollar weed ‘fortress’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police in Southern California raided a weed "fortress" on Wednesday, seizing 35,000 marijuana plants and shutting down an operation they believe ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


Set more fires to try to stop wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


State wildfires prompt tougher rules for utilities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Devastating California wildfires this year - and expectations of more to come under the extremes of climate change - prompted regulators Thursday to toughen ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


Firefighter dies fighting SoCal wildfire

SANTA BARBARA . (AP) - A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


Homeless fire started SoCal wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of ...

December 12, 2017 | | State


San Francisco native becomes city’s 1st black woman mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco native London Breed became the city's acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is ...

December 12, 2017 | | State


SF Mayor Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where ...

December 12, 2017 | | State


Cheech Marin touts state tool for new pot businesses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn't want your pot business to go up in smoke.

December 12, 2017 | | State


NorCal man gets life for teen abduction

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for abducting and killing a 15-year-old girl on her ...

December 12, 2017 | | State


Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size ...

December 11, 2017 | | State


Democrats temporarily lose Assembly supermajority

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Democrats will be without a supermajority in the Assembly for months and risk losing the two-thirds edge needed to pass tax and ...

December 11, 2017 | | State


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