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Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


California reports whooping-cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco thrilled to be in Olympics hunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is thrilled that his city is one of four U.S. cities still in the running to possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Janitor accused of recording women

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a janitor for a contract cleaning company has been arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women in a restroom at Anaheim City Hall.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Ethics expert hired after high school scandals

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has hired an ethics consultant to work at a high school where some students allegedly hacked into computers and others held a controversial "prom draft."

June 13, 2014 | | State


Man freed in jury mistake killed hour later

FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Brown, lawmakers face budget deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman dies in overgrown yard

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Brain-dead girl on ventilator getting diploma

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Democrats replace ‘spend’ with ‘invest’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Groups allege abuse of child immigrants by border staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.

June 11, 2014 | | State


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Strict child vaccination law in effect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the ...

August 26, 2016 | | State


Bullet hits officer’s badge; fleeing suspect dies in fiery wreck

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A bullet fired by a fleeing domestic violence suspect deflected off a responding police officer's badge in an exchange of gunfire ...

August 26, 2016 | | State


Judge refuses to suspend California’s assisted death law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California judge on Friday rejected a request by physicians to immediately suspend a new state law allowing terminally ill people to ...

August 26, 2016 | | State


Brown signs bill banning coal-export funding at ports

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals.

August 26, 2016 | | State


Tank explodes at SoCal refinery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing ...

August 26, 2016 | | State


Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads in Sierra Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities ...

August 25, 2016 | | State


Audit IDs state waste, misuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state district engineer approved $3.9 million in payments to the firm that employed the worker's spouse and the ...

August 25, 2016 | | State


Boy in legal fight dies after ventilator removed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a swift end to a long legal battle, a brain-dead California toddler died Thursday after being taken off life support.

August 25, 2016 | | State


Activists: Will police be charged in sex scandal?

OAKLAND (AP) - Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to ...

August 25, 2016 | | State


Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California court said Thursday that a judge who was harshly criticized and subjected to a recall campaign for the leniency of ...

August 25, 2016 | | State


Most students don’t meet new standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students in California improved their scores on an annual statewide exam but most still aren't meeting the more challenging standards for ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Police officer among 23 arrested in California gang probe

SAN JOSE (AP) - A months-long probe into a northern California Vietnamese crime ring resulted in nearly two dozen arrests, including that of a veteran San ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Federal judge puts Starbucks lawsuit on ice in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages.

August 24, 2016 | | State


New mandate: 40% cleaner air than in 1990 by year 2030

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law - the most aggressive in the nation - by another 10 years ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Man sentenced for molesting 10 children

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man who sexually assaulted 10 children over a 15-year period has been sentenced to 48 years in state prison.

August 24, 2016 | | State


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