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COUNCIL RELEASES PLAN TO RESTORE RIVER DELTA: FRESNO (AP) - A state-sponsored advisory council has released a long-range plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide a more reliable water supply to farms and cities.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Possible generator tampering found at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Gay change therapy ban for minors in California faces its first legal test

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test Friday as lawyers for those who support "reparative therapy" asked a federal judge to block the ban.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Official 'embarrassed' by expense errors

November 30, 2012 | | State


Big storm bears down on California

HAPPY CAMP (AP) - A big storm bearing down on California has triggered flood warnings in Siskiyou County as heavy rain falls on the far north end of the state.

November 30, 2012 | | State


State to join Powerball frenzy next year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians may have missed out on this week's record-setting Powerball lottery drawing, but they will be able to buy tickets to the multistate game starting next spring, after the California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to add it to the state's roster of games.

November 30, 2012 | | State


LA judge dismisses suit over park Nativity scenes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group's lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Talks to resume in LA-Long Beach harbors strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators for employers and union workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors will resume talks following a third day of a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex, both sides confirmed Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Feds deny oyster farm lease renewal in NorCal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Report: Half of charity donations lost to overhead

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A report released Thursday reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.

November 29, 2012 | | State


San Diego approves pact for desalinated water

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Animal control officer killed in eviction

GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.

November 29, 2012 | | State


State audit faults LA Unified’s abuse reporting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Another Yoda statue, Calif. Star Wars fans may get

SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Study contends Grand Canyon as old as dinosaur era

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.

November 29, 2012 | | State


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Grand jury probes PG&E ties with CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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