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State unemployment rate dips to 7.2%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Whaling protesters in contempt of court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Special needs tot’s wheelchair stolen

CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Three pedestrians killed

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

December 19, 2014 | | State


PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Protection sought for scenic region

WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

December 19, 2014 | | State


CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops

OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Carjacking suspect arrested in ‘Hobbit’ screening in SoCal

NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Exchange sign-ups exceed last year

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit over immigrant license data

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

December 17, 2014 | | State


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Murky Tesla-SolarCity deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's a proposal that would unite two companies on shaky financial ground as they plow into relatively new markets. One makes ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


Seven stabbed outside State Capitol building

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seven people have been stabbed outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento.

June 26, 2016 | | State


Kern wildfire destroys 200 homes, buildings

LAKE ISABELLA - A ravenous and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 200 homes, many belonging to retirees on fixed incomes with few other possessions.

June 26, 2016 | | State


6-year-old boy dies after refrigerator falls on him

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 6-year-old Southern California boy has died of injuries after a refrigerator fell onto him from a pickup truck.

June 26, 2016 | | State


3 killed as boat capsizes off Santa Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif. (AP) - A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island on Saturday, killing three ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


Blind dog with oozing sore wins World’s Ugliest Dog contest

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


OAKLAND COAL TERMINAL

OAKLAND (AP) - The promise of good, blue-collar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


Fire scares Los Angeles as larger blazes burn across West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brush fire that broke out Sunday near downtown Los Angeles threatened a densely populated, hilly neighborhood along a freeway as sizzling ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Small plane crashes BART train tracks

HAYWARD (AP) - A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and disrupting train service.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Fire burns 6 buildings, displaces 40 people in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fire that burned six buildings and displaced 40 people on the edge of San Francisco's Mission District has been contained.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Business group sues to block Islamic center in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA (AP) - A business owners association has sued to block an Islamic group from opening a center at an Orange County business park near ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Homeless man charged in fire deaths is illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man charged with setting a fire that killed five people at a vacant Los Angeles building was in the country ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


UC Merced expanding

MERCED (AP) - The University of California's youngest, smallest and most ethnically diverse campus reached a milestone in its journey to becoming a major feature ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Open-legislature ballot measure hits a nerve

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers would be stripped of their ability to make last-minute changes to bills and all public hearings would be videotaped under a ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Elimination of contentious welfare policy?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor of California has given in to liberal lawmakers who want to repeal a welfare policy that critics call racist, ineffective and ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


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