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Four hurt in S. California hot air balloon explosion

TEMECULA (AP) - Officials say a hot air balloon exploded after landing in Southern California wine country leaving four people hospitalized, one of them with severe burns.

November 10, 2013 | | State


Atheist ‘mega-churches’ take root

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.

November 10, 2013 | | State


Transgender law repeal will qualify

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.

November 10, 2013 | | State


2 men charged with murder in Turlock slaying

TURLOCK (AP) - Two men have been charged with murder for the slaying of a 21-year-old man in Turlock.

November 10, 2013 | | State


ABC picketed over kid’s kill everyone in China joke

BURBANK (AP) - More than a thousand people picketed ABC's Burbank headquarters over the weekend to protest a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show in which a youngster said the United States could resolve its debt to China by killing everyone in the Asian country.

November 10, 2013 | | State


Bullet train land acquisition moving slowly

FRESNO (AP) - The body overseeing plans to build California's bullet train has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley, where the rail line's proposed path would slice through farms, stores and motels.

November 10, 2013 | | State


State’s low community college fees face scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.

November 10, 2013 | | State


New research on shallow shoreline waters

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Google's Bay Area barge to hoist sails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


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UNEQUAL PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Women working for California lawmakers earn less than their male counterparts, according to a newspaper's analysis reported Saturday that exposes an inequality perpetuated by those who set state policy.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Court ruling opens door for execution of murderer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Timberlake offers positive words for youngsters tormented by teasing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mr. SexyBack said he wasn't always one of the cool kids.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Berkeley student missing after leaving party in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities and concerned relatives and friends sought the public's help on Sunday in finding a University of California, Berkeley student who went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Brown signs $1B water plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Chances of being locked up vary widely across state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

March 27, 2015 | | State


‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man

BERKELEY (AP) - A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.

March 27, 2015 | | State


4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage

COALINGA (AP) - A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

March 27, 2015 | | State


San Francisco inmates forced to fight?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Internet outages reveal gaps in infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

March 27, 2015 | | State


SolarCity says it will hire 300 new employees in sales

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Yellen: A rate increase possible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

March 27, 2015 | | State


ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

March 27, 2015 | | State


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