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Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Missing woman found in Maine shack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


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House wades into water war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Rowdy protests, no violence this time outside Trump rally

ANAHEIM (AP) - A day after violent protesters outside a Donald Trump rally threw burning items at police and toppled barricades, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Demand plummeting for California pollution credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Johnny Depp’s wife files for divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnny Depp's wife has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage.

May 26, 2016 | | State


Makeov for food nutrition labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new look is coming to Nutrition Facts labels on food packages, with more attention to calorie counts and added sugars. And no ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


San Francisco divided by race

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First, police fatally shot two minority suspects carrying knives. Then transcripts surfaced showing officers using racial slurs in text messages. Finally, a ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Analyst says Brown is wrong about budget deficit projection

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's nonpartisan legislative analyst said Friday that he expects budget surpluses in each of the next four fiscal years, rejecting Gov. Jerry ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Trump, Sanders, Clinton storm into Golden State

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will crisscross California in coming days, with the state's crucial primary election ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Wind-driven grass fire burns 2 homes

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Authorities say a wind-driven grass fire has burned two homes and prompted authorities to evacuate the residents of another 10 homes in a ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


WORLD HISTORY CHALLENGE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How do you teach the history of the world in California schools, where nearly two-thirds of students are Latino or Asian, many ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


Feds give high speed rail more time

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal transportation authorities have signed an updated grant agreement with California reflecting the delayed timeline for building the state's $64 billion high-speed ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


State prisons still giving poor care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A scathing inspector general's report released Wednesday finds medical care remains "markedly inadequate" at a Northern California state prison, as more than ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


Revamped SF Modern Art museum reopens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The revamped San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened Saturday with a marching band, jumbo red balloons and red confetti raining down ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


How to help principals do a better job? Train bosses

OAKLAND (AP) - It's rare for school district big-wigs to spend time in a classroom. But Oakland is one of a growing number of districts ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


Angry bees kill two dogs, sting people

CONCORD (AP) - A California neighborhood overtaken by a swarm of aggressive bees suspected of killing two dogs and stinging several people is considerably safer after ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


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