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Rim Fire smoke makes SJ Valley air unhealthy

GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday and some small communities in the mountainous area were no longer under evacuation advisories, but smoke descending down into San Joaquin Valley cities was becoming a problem.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Support staff must back charter school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

OAKLAND (AP) - A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Embezzler was hired by high-speed rail agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority - and she said nobody asked about her background.

August 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

SAN JOSE\ (AP) - Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

August 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY CARS ON S. CAL FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who jumped, fell or was pushed from a car on a Southern California freeway was killed when several other cars hit her Thursday morning, and investigators were treating her death as a homicide, police said.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Fewer schools meet performance targets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Traffic sluggish after Bay Bridge closes for fixes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Sutter County DA faces scrutiny in fire, escort affair

YUBA CITY (AP) - The veteran district attorney in a largely rural Northern California county is caught in a story fit for the tabloids, with the 65-year-old grandfather and former Rotary Club president being investigated in a fire that gutted the home of a former escort with whom he had an affair.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Prep football player dies at scrimmage

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A high school football player has died after collapsing on the field during a game.

August 29, 2013 | | State


$1B plan to give LA students iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Grass fire destroys 5 homes,10 damaged

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Residents are trying to pick up the pieces a day after a grass fire tore through a Northern California neighborhood, destroying five homes and damaging 10 others.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Briefs

FAMILY NO LONGER SEEKS KIDNAPPED CALIF. TEEN'S DNA: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing the teen's mother and younger brother said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.

August 28, 2013 | | State


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


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State’s almond acres jumps 1.1% in 2015

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports California's almond acreage increased in 2015.

May 01, 2016 | | State


Ripon-based almond advocacy organization changes vision & name

The Ripon-based Almond Hullers and Processors Association (AHPA) has a new vision and a brand new identity that was unveiled to those attending its' annual ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Judge: Police improperly targeted gays in restroom

LONG BEACH (AP) - A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Uber, blind riders reach legal settlement over service animals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


State convention homecoming of sorts for vp hopeful Fiorina

BURLINGAME (AP) - When Carly Fiorina spoke at the California Republican Party convention at a hotel outside San Francisco airport, it was a brief homecoming of ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


GOP race shifts political fault lines

BURLINGAME (AP) - The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Federal dollars spent on Twin Tunnels

Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director David G. Murillo has confirmed that federal taxpayers are being billed for Twin tunnels project.

April 30, 2016 | | State


Oculus Rift delays flatten fan fervor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus ...

April 30, 2016 | | State


60,000-pound whale carcass is removed

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - It literally was a whale of a job.

April 30, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers eye $1.3B for housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers called Monday for California to spend $1.3 billion next year to help workers afford housing and to shelter homeless people ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Man gets 17 years in prison for steroid- fueled gym slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A court sentenced a Northern California man to 17 years to life in prison on Monday for beating a fellow gym patron ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


California Assembly approves tobacco- free college campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Monday approved banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses, building on a package of ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Evicted SoCal centenarian gets new home

LA QUINTA (AP) - A 100-year-old woman evicted from her apartment has a new home in the Southern California desert after a newspaper reported on her ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across a great ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


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