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GETTING CALIF. CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS VARIES: LODI (AP) - Obtaining a concealed weapon permit in California is a roll of the dice as the standards vary wildly from agency to agency, according to a report.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Judges extend deadline for prisons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis that has forced the state to spend billions of dollars to improve inmate medical care.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Valley fever clinical trial announced

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - California prison officials say they have met a federal judge's order to transfer nearly 2,000 prisoners prone to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons in areas particularly hard-hit by the fungal infection.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Ellison snubs big crowd to watch Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Modoc County votes to secede from state

ALTURAS (AP) - A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state after Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PLEASANTON MAN INVESTIGATING NOISE ATTACKED: PLEASANTON (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area man was beaten into a coma after trying to quiet a group of people making noise near his home.

September 24, 2013 | | State


CA utilities may be denied recouping their power costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that two major California utilities not be allowed to increase customers' bills to recover money they had to spend purchasing power from other sources after the San Onofre nuclear generating plant shut down.

September 23, 2013 | | State


Citations pending for San Onofre nuclear plant flaw

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators announced Monday they are considering slapping a California utility with two violations for problems that eventually led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

September 23, 2013 | | State


California law requires websites to allow minors to delete online postings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Minors in California will have a chance to remove embarrassing photographs and potentially damaging postings on social media websites under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 23, 2013 | | State


Cyclists will get 3-foot buffer on California roads under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists.

September 23, 2013 | | State


$25K reward offered in post office robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed a Los Angeles post office at gunpoint.

September 23, 2013 | | State


Abercrombie settles head scarf suits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations and allow workers to wear head scarves as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, lawyers announced Monday.

September 23, 2013 | | State


‘Suicide by train’ up in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Train driver Roman Alarcon is still haunted by the memory: He was working the morning commute when, suddenly, a man walked onto the tracks - and just stood there.

September 23, 2013 | | State


Sacramento: America’s farm-to-fork capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Like a scene out of the Wild West, several dozen wranglers on horseback herded more than 50 longhorn cattle down one of Sacramento's main thoroughfares Monday to kick off a weeklong celebration of locally grown food.

September 23, 2013 | | State


CA utilities may be denied recouping their power costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that two major California utilities not be allowed to increase customers' bills to recover money they had to spend purchasing power from other sources after the San Onofre nuclear generating plant shut down.

September 23, 2013 | | State


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Fire that threatened homes in California is fully contained

VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Hiker dies after medical emergency on desert trail

PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Fears surface about mercury in fish

SHASTA LAKE (AP) - Shasta Lake provides water to Sacramento and the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley more than 300 miles to the south.

July 06, 2015 | | State


California tax officials slam Blue Shield in audit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.

July 06, 2015 | | State


5 injured when man sets fireworks

HOLLISTER (AP) - A man has been arrested in the central California city of Hollister on suspicion of setting off fireworks at a July Fourth block party, sending at least five people to the hospital.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.

July 06, 2015 | | State


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


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