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Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


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Brown commutes nine state prison sentences

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has commuted the lengthy prison sentences of nine inmates serving time for violent crimes, including a former prostitute ...

August 18, 2017 | | State


Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday's eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than ...

August 18, 2017 | | State


State senator recall organizers have enough valid signatures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three counties have received enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election that could remove a Southern California senator from office and end ...

August 18, 2017 | | State


Navy anticipates housing crunch in San Diego region

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy is facing a looming housing crunch in the San Diego region, where high home prices and rents are already a ...

August 18, 2017 | | State


‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

FREMONT (AP) - When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated ...

August 13, 2017 | | State


Lawyer: Livestreamed, deadly crash caused by blown tire

MERCED (AP) - The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical ...

August 13, 2017 | | State


LA deputies’ private body cams raise transparency questions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - America's largest sheriff's department still lacks a policy for body cameras after years of studying the issue, so hundreds - perhaps ...

August 13, 2017 | | State


LA sheriff reported inaccurate jail violence statistics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest sheriff's department in the U.S. uses unsound methods to compile data about violence in Los Angeles County jails ...

August 09, 2017 | | State


Google gender debacle underscores tech culture wars, politics

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views. And ...

August 09, 2017 | | State


Campaign watchdog met Democratic lawyer before changing state recall rule

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A member of California's independent political watchdog commission coordinated behind the scenes with a lawyer for state Senate Democrats before voting to ...

August 09, 2017 | | State


3rd Boy Scout dies after sailboat strikes power line on Texas lake

AVINGER, Texas (AP) - A third Boy Scout has died from injuries suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line on a lake east of ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


Transgender camp teaches kids they’re ‘normal, not alone’

EL CERRITO (AP) - In some ways, Rainbow Day Camp is very ordinary. Kids arrive with a packed lunch, make friendship bracelets, play basketball, sing songs ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


Cougar makes rare successful crossing of LA-area freeway

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Researchers recently documented a rare case of a cougar from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully crossing U.S. Highway 101 and moving ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


San Francisco street sells for $90K

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - These days, the price of a San Francisco home can easily top a million dollars. But one savvy investor has bought up ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


Video shows Campbell officer with gun pointed at passenger

CAMPBELL (AP) - A video showing a Northern California police officer pointing his gun for more than nine minutes at the passenger in a car stop ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


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