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SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

February 23, 2015 | | State


2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

February 22, 2015 | | State


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LA goes car free for a day for CicLAvia

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a car free day in parts of LA.

December 10, 2017 | | State


‘Firefighting at Christmas’ new normal in California?

FALLBROOK (AP) - A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.

December 10, 2017 | | State


Man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge ...

December 10, 2017 | | State


New evacuations as fire flares up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned ...

December 10, 2017 | | State


State slammed over Oroville Dam

OROVILLE (AP) - Living in the shadow of the nation's tallest dam, the residents of this Northern California town had a complicated relationship with state ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


California Senate picks its first female leader

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins was tapped Thursday by fellow state Senate Democrats to replace Kevin de Leon and become the chamber's ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


Nearly 50 arrested during Stockton gang crackdown

STOCKTON (AP) - Nearly 50 people have been arrested in a crackdown on gangs in a Stockton that also netted nearly three-dozen firearms, the state attorney ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


‘Screw-up’ behind release of molester

MERCED (AP) - A California sheriff says a "screw-up" led to the mistaken release of an inmate who had pleaded guilty to child molestation.

December 07, 2017 | | State


Officials to update community about troubled Oroville Dam

OROVILLE (AP) - California water officials plan to update a Northern California community Wednesday about their efforts to repair the nation's tallest dam after damage ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Carrillo wins LA seat in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrat Wendy Carrillo of Los Angeles will be the newest member of the California Assembly in January.

December 06, 2017 | | State


Witness recalls escape from Oakland warehouse

OAKLAND (AP) - Aaron Marin was convinced his life was over as smoke engulfed a California warehouse in what was the country's deadliest building fire ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


LA will be largest US city going to rec pot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is in line to become the nation's largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Officials want to cancel red abalone fishing season

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - California wildlife officials are recommending that the 2018 abalone fishing fishing season be canceled due to concerns about declining population.

December 06, 2017 | | State


Relatives, others want remains of Charles Manson

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Groundwater fees don’t need voter approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's water conservation districts don't need the approval of property owners or voters to charge their customers fees to ...

December 04, 2017 | | State


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