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Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State


Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


PUC has leeway to restructure utility rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity has been signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.

October 07, 2013 | | State


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LA goes car free for a day for CicLAvia

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a car free day in parts of LA.

December 10, 2017 | | State


‘Firefighting at Christmas’ new normal in California?

FALLBROOK (AP) - A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.

December 10, 2017 | | State


Man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge ...

December 10, 2017 | | State


New evacuations as fire flares up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned ...

December 10, 2017 | | State


State slammed over Oroville Dam

OROVILLE (AP) - Living in the shadow of the nation's tallest dam, the residents of this Northern California town had a complicated relationship with state ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


California Senate picks its first female leader

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins was tapped Thursday by fellow state Senate Democrats to replace Kevin de Leon and become the chamber's ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


Nearly 50 arrested during Stockton gang crackdown

STOCKTON (AP) - Nearly 50 people have been arrested in a crackdown on gangs in a Stockton that also netted nearly three-dozen firearms, the state attorney ...

December 07, 2017 | | State


‘Screw-up’ behind release of molester

MERCED (AP) - A California sheriff says a "screw-up" led to the mistaken release of an inmate who had pleaded guilty to child molestation.

December 07, 2017 | | State


Officials to update community about troubled Oroville Dam

OROVILLE (AP) - California water officials plan to update a Northern California community Wednesday about their efforts to repair the nation's tallest dam after damage ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Carrillo wins LA seat in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrat Wendy Carrillo of Los Angeles will be the newest member of the California Assembly in January.

December 06, 2017 | | State


Witness recalls escape from Oakland warehouse

OAKLAND (AP) - Aaron Marin was convinced his life was over as smoke engulfed a California warehouse in what was the country's deadliest building fire ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


LA will be largest US city going to rec pot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is in line to become the nation's largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Officials want to cancel red abalone fishing season

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - California wildlife officials are recommending that the 2018 abalone fishing fishing season be canceled due to concerns about declining population.

December 06, 2017 | | State


Relatives, others want remains of Charles Manson

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime ...

December 06, 2017 | | State


Groundwater fees don’t need voter approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's water conservation districts don't need the approval of property owners or voters to charge their customers fees to ...

December 04, 2017 | | State


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