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Just why is here dog doing ‘potty dance’?

DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca

November 09, 2014 | | State


Hydrants target of water thieves

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bishop under fire for Reid criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides for organic crops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Pandora founder’s vacation home plans rile Marin town

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Eureka voters nix hiking minimum

EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Oversight of nursing home chains lacking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Homeless advocates stage subway protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.

November 09, 2014 | | State


DeMaio concedes San Diego House race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Immigrant lawyer hopes to inspire others

CHICO (AP) - Sergio Garcia is a civil litigation lawyer in California who represents clients in car accidents.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Fresno mom files claim over girl’s school special ed ‘cage’

FRESNO (AP) - The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim - the precursor to a lawsuit - against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge wrong-way driver arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 32-year-old woman whom authorities say drove the wrong way and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Prisoners freed quickly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot measure passed by voters this week is already freeing California suspects from jail as their felony charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and people previously convicted of the charges receive reduced sentences as they appear in court.

November 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E backs out of Oakley power plant

OAKLEY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is backing out of plans for a power plant in a Contra Costa County city.

November 07, 2014 | | State


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California high-speed rail chairman steps down from job

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief executive officer of California's $64 billion high-speed rail program said Friday he's stepping down after five years seeing ...

April 21, 2017 | | State


Electricity fully restored after San Francisco outage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco power outage that stranded people in elevators and left tens of thousands of others in the dark Friday was ...

April 21, 2017 | | State


Battle for Berkeley: Will Coulter spark clash?

BERKELEY (AP) - The word "CANCELED" is printed across a poster of Ann Coulter's face at the University of California, Berkeley. But that appears to ...

April 21, 2017 | | State


Whittier College to close law school

COSTA MESA (AP) - Whittier College in Southern California is shutting down its law school.

April 21, 2017 | | State


Brown’s state agriculture board pick hit by backlash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Isadore Hall was a veteran Democratic legislator from Compton until he gave up his seat to run for Congress and lost. But Gov ...

April 21, 2017 | | State


LA budget plan has $176M to combat homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a $9.2 billion budget on Thursday, which includes $176 million specifically aimed at combatting the ...

April 20, 2017 | | State


UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California, Berkeley officials said Thursday they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her ...

April 20, 2017 | | State


University of California alleges $12M health fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of California is asking a judge to halt what it claims is a health care fraud scheme that targeted students ...

April 20, 2017 | | State


A look at the 6 films exploring the LA riots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles erupted into the most destructive civil disturbance in US history on April 29, 1992, and the 25th anniversary is being ...

April 20, 2017 | | State


LA’s violent uprising of 1992 returns to TV 25 years later

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Toward the end of "L.A. Burning," a new documentary about the fiery and deadly 1992 Los Angeles riots, a man who ...

April 20, 2017 | | State


3 bids received to fix Oroville Dam

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three construction contractors have submitted bids to fix Oroville Dam's two damaged spillways, California water officials said Saturday.

April 16, 2017 | | State


For some Californians, effects of punishing drought not over

HANFORD (AP) - Knee-high tufts of grass dot the streets of Hardwick, a rural neighborhood with a few dozen homes hemmed in by vineyards and walnut ...

April 16, 2017 | | State


Move to lower voting age to 17

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico ...

April 16, 2017 | | State


Ex-Yosemite chief belittled female workers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The former superintendent of Yosemite National Park created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as "stupid," ''bozo" and ...

April 10, 2017 | | State


2 dead after SUV slams into people

CHINO (AP) - An SUV has slammed into a group of pedestrians in a church parking lot in California, killing two people and injuring several others.

April 10, 2017 | | State


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