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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Falling tree branch kills Chico student

CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Closure to complicate Bay Area commute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fast-food strikes taking place today

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Demos bicker over inmate count reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.

August 28, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves foam food container ban

SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


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Online viewers won’t miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get ...

July 31, 2015 | | State


University removes ‘bias-free language guide’

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire has removed from its website a "bias-free language guide" that warned against using the word "American ...

July 30, 2015 | | State


LinkedIn caps rough week for social

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp.

July 30, 2015 | | State


Why did pine tree fall on kids?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An investigation began Wednesday into why a 75-year-old, 75-foot-tall pine tree fell on a group of kids from a summer camp at ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Firefighters hold Napa blaze that jumped line

NAPA (AP) - Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground Wednesday, keeping a blaze east of California's Napa ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Twitter tumbles, user growth stalls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill to help California

SAN FRANCSICO AP) - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Big cities say June water- saving goals were met

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June - the first month of ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Sacramento calls outdoor pot water wasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County supervisors are standing by their decision to label outdoor marijuana cultivation as a waste of water.

July 29, 2015 | | State


UC pays 28 more than $1M each annually

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California had 28 employees who made more than $1 million last year - an elite group comprised of athletic coaches ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

OLD SACRAMENTO - Gold Rush Days return to Old Sacramento over the extended Labor Day Weekend -Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

July 29, 2015 | | State


Asleep at the Wheel performs Aug. 20 at Black Oak Casino

TUOLUMNE – Nine-time Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel will be performing at Black Oak Casino Resort on Thursday, Aug. 20.

July 29, 2015 | | State


‘Footloose the Musical’ on stage at Community Theatre of Linden

LINDEN - This summer Community Theatre of Linden is staging their most ambitious musical yet, "Footloose the Musical", that opens Friday, July 31.

July 29, 2015 | | State


Violin ensemble plays at Haggin

STOCKTON – The Gleason Park Electric Violin Ensemble returns to The Haggin Museum on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m.

July 29, 2015 | | State


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