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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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Most students don’t meet new standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students in California improved their scores on an annual statewide exam but most still aren't meeting the more challenging standards for ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Police officer among 23 arrested in California gang probe

SAN JOSE (AP) - A months-long probe into a northern California Vietnamese crime ring resulted in nearly two dozen arrests, including that of a veteran San ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Federal judge puts Starbucks lawsuit on ice in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages.

August 24, 2016 | | State


New mandate: 40% cleaner air than in 1990 by year 2030

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law - the most aggressive in the nation - by another 10 years ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Man sentenced for molesting 10 children

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man who sexually assaulted 10 children over a 15-year period has been sentenced to 48 years in state prison.

August 24, 2016 | | State


Underwater expedition reveals sunken warship

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier once used ...

August 24, 2016 | | State


Tougher air standards on the way

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers moved closer to extending the state's ambitious climate change law Tuesday after winning critical approval from business-minded Democratic lawmakers in ...

August 23, 2016 | | State


Disabled man seeks to have voting rights restored

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to ...

August 23, 2016 | | State


Demand sags for state credits that target greenhouse gases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark ...

August 23, 2016 | | State


Stanford bans hard liquor from undergraduate campus parties

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University officials say hard liquor is now prohibited in undergraduate on-campus parties.

August 23, 2016 | | State


Last resident of historic Chinese Bay Area shrimping village dies

CHINA CAMP STATE PARK (AP) - The last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


Split court protects teacher tenure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a victory for teacher unions, a divided California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state's teacher tenure law stand.

August 22, 2016 | | State


Talks fail to resolve dispute over Yosemite site names

YOSEMITE VALLEY (AP) - A trademark dispute over the names of historic hotels and other beloved landmarks at Yosemite National Park won't likely end without ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


State lawmakers revive farmworker overtime bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state Senate on Monday revived a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to give farmworkers ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


Court upholds gold dredging ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


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