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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


Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years - a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

December 17, 2014 | | State


PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Bill Cosby won’t be charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

December 16, 2014 | | State


LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday a plan to equip 7,000 officers on the Los Angeles police force with on-body cameras by next summer, making the law enforcement agency the nation's largest to make the move to date.

December 16, 2014 | | State


State retiree health care gap hits $72B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unfunded obligation to pay for the health and dental care of retired state government workers grew by 11 percent during the most recent fiscal year to nearly $72 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by the state controller's office.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Federal ruling a win for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal agency that has jurisdiction over California's bullet train has ruled that it has the authority to pre-empt state environmental law, creating uncertainty for numerous groups fighting the project in court.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Undersea border dispute settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Officer on leave after threatening tweets

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


River diverted near Carmel to allow for dam removal

CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.

December 15, 2014 | | State


California gets funds for earthquake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

December 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Protesters block roads by Oakland police building

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


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California state-worker union cancels Monday strike

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest public-employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


California treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues in silence late ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor: Man admits guilt in deadly California bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A man pleaded guilty to a 2014 bank robbery and gunbattle with police in Stockton that ended with the death of a woman ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

CONCORD (AP) - Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Cicely Tyson performs Langston Hughes at Ebony gala

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Cicely Tyson performed a Langston Hughes poem as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine.

December 03, 2016 | | State


Cheeky notices condemning hate appear on SF commuter trains

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Official looking yet unauthorized notices warning against racist, sexist and homophobic behavior have been found on San Francisco Bay Area commuter trains.

December 03, 2016 | | State


California ponders legal pot, paying taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's legal marijuana industry is expected to involve everything from backyard growers to sprawling fields in the farm belt, storefront sellers ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


Sheriff: California woman found with message burned on skin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California woman abducted while jogging was branded by two female captors who kept their faces covered during the three weeks they ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


California fugitive and sister arrested, 1 still at large

SAN JOSE (AP) - One of two inmates who sawed their way out of a Northern California county jail and vanished last week was recaptured late ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


More mosques receive hate-filled letters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several more mosques nationwide have reported receiving a hate-filled letter from California that warns Muslims to leave the country or face genocide.

November 30, 2016 | | State


Asylum not automatic for former gang members

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigrants in the United States illegally are not automatically eligible for asylum on the basis that they are former gang members who ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


IRS seeks names of virtual currency users in tax probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The IRS obtained a court order Wednesday allowing it to seek the names of people who may have failed to pay taxes ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


Wife of slain California mayor pleads guilty to manslaughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor who was fatally shot in his home two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


California Guard soldiers won’t be forced to repay bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


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