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Labor assisting California marijuana legalization effort

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Organized labor is assisting efforts to frame a California ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state, sensing an opportunity to expand its presence in the workplace.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment

LIVERMORE . (AP) - A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Quakes hit California, no damage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Is Father Serra saint material?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Unions file briefs in tenure-ruling appeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Drought forces farms to stop pumping river water

STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


California grows to 38.7 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Feds drop charges against hunter in Yosemite wildfire

FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


No hydrant system at torched utility pole yard in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Activists rally on police, labor issues

OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Inmates injured in Fresno blast seek $48M from PG&E

FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 3rd act

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Legislature must release lawmakers’ calendars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Agents will miss deadline to remove illegally owned weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Appeals court upholds ban on Nativity scene displays

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


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Higher PG&E rates for most

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.

July 03, 2015 | | State


Couple married 75 years dies in each other’s arms

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.

July 03, 2015 | | State


No ‘legal basis’ to hold SF shooting suspect

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

July 03, 2015 | | State


Fewer state residents admitted to UC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported Thursday, while the number accepted from outside the state and abroad has again increased.

July 02, 2015 | | State


Gimmicks & technology: California learns to save water

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) - Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.

July 02, 2015 | | State


California delays plan to replace statue of Serra

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis' planned visit to the United States in September.

July 02, 2015 | | State


Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco Pier 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.

July 02, 2015 | | State


TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday.

July 02, 2015 | | State


Massive traffic expected in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

OROVILLE (AP) - Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

June 30, 2015 | | State


New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

June 29, 2015 | | State


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