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Friant Dam water to be tapped for use for first time in decades

FRESNO (AP) - Officials said Tuesday that, for the first time in decades, they plan to tap water stored behind a dam east of Fresno, as they try to help California farmers through the ongoing drought.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Courts charging for online access

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California county has begun charging people to look at civil court records online - part of a trend at cash-strapped courthouses around the state that is raising concerns among some lawyers and public access groups, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Congressional frosh face tough challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elections will never be cakewalks for Rep. Ami Bera. The nearly even split between Democratic and Republican voters in California's 7th Congressional District means the freshman Democrat is likely to confront a strong challenger each two-year election cycle.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Californians to vote on cost of public records

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature had just sealed a $96.3 billion state budget last year when an outcry erupted over a provision that allowed local governments to deny requests for public documents because the state wouldn't reimburse them.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bond would be used to house low-income veterans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.

May 12, 2014 | | State


• SPEED A FACTOR IN OAKLAND CAR CRASH THAT KILLED 2: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Police say speed was a factor that killed two people when their car went through a chain link fence before smashing into trees near a small college.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bill eases licensing rules for illegals

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to get professional licenses in California under a bill moving forward in the statehouse.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Stockton: Final creditor won’t budge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An attorney for the largest city in California to seek bankruptcy protection told a judge Monday that he has tried to reach a deal with Stockton's last major creditor, but the company is not budging.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Democrat Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, whose Appalachian roots have given her a powerful affinity for the plight of the working poor, was sworn in Monday as the 69th speaker of the state Assembly.

May 12, 2014 | | State

State’s new computerized exam for students plagued by glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The trial rollout of California's new standardized exams, administered for the first time on computers, has been plagued by technical glitches, according to a newspaper investigation.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Porsche sued in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

May 12, 2014 | | State

School bus crashes with big rig

FRESNO (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, causing six injuries.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Transparency main focus in race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A string of legal cases against lawmakers that include two Democrats facing political corruption charges has magnified the usually quiet race for the office overseeing California elections and campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2014 | | State

School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.

May 11, 2014 | | State

State death-penalty reform initiative pushed to 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.

May 11, 2014 | | State

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Donors spend record $458M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

Sanders tells soda tax foes to stop using his name

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

SoCal schools cope with heat from gusty winds

WESTMINSTER (AP) - Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren ...

October 20, 2016 | | State

High speed: Newsom back on board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he no longer opposes California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan, after withdrawing support for the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds gusted out of the mountains of Southern California on Wednesday, driving up temperatures and fanning several small brush fires ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Man sentenced to 30 years for trying to aid Islamic State

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former California college student was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for trying to aid the Islamic State group.

October 19, 2016 | | State

Sanchez struggles in California Senate fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loretta Sanchez is entering the final weeks in California's U.S. Senate race short on money and trailing in polls.

October 19, 2016 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

MJC presents author Wes Moore in free public presentation

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Office of Student Equity presents guest speaker Wes Moore on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Main ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Did Wells Fargo employees steal customer IDs?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general is conducting a criminal investigation into whether employees at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank stole customers' identities in the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State

Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals ...

October 19, 2016 | | State operators seek to drop pimp charges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The operators of an international website that advertises escort services asked a California judge Wednesday to throw out charges against them of pimping ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


ANAHEIM (AP) - "The Twilight Zone" is ceding way to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Disneyland's popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Two slain police officers remembered

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Mom’s friend named as suspect in Sacramento triple homicide

SACRAMENTO AP) - A family friend is suspected in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons, Sacramento police said Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | | State

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