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Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State

Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State

State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State

91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State

Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State

Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State

Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State

Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State

Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State

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Donors spend record $458M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

Sanders tells soda tax foes to stop using his name

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

SoCal schools cope with heat from gusty winds

WESTMINSTER (AP) - Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

High speed: Newsom back on board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he no longer opposes California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan, after withdrawing support for the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds gusted out of the mountains of Southern California on Wednesday, driving up temperatures and fanning several small brush fires ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Man sentenced to 30 years for trying to aid Islamic State

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former California college student was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for trying to aid the Islamic State group.

October 19, 2016 | | State

Sanchez struggles in California Senate fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loretta Sanchez is entering the final weeks in California's U.S. Senate race short on money and trailing in polls.

October 19, 2016 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

MJC presents author Wes Moore in free public presentation

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Office of Student Equity presents guest speaker Wes Moore on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Main ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Did Wells Fargo employees steal customer IDs?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general is conducting a criminal investigation into whether employees at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank stole customers' identities in the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals ...

October 19, 2016 | | State operators seek to drop pimp charges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The operators of an international website that advertises escort services asked a California judge Wednesday to throw out charges against them of pimping ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


ANAHEIM (AP) - "The Twilight Zone" is ceding way to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Disneyland's popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Two slain police officers remembered

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Mom’s friend named as suspect in Sacramento triple homicide

SACRAMENTO AP) - A family friend is suspected in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons, Sacramento police said Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | | State

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