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Instagram post draws attention

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - A heart carved into red rock is drawing the attention of authorities in Arizona who are investigating to see if actress Vanessa Hudgens is the culprit.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Covered California no-bid contracts under fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor on Tuesday questioned the use of no-bid contracts at the Covered California health insurance exchange, saying it spent nearly $200 million during a three-year period without seeking competitive bids on 64 contracts.

February 16, 2016 | | State


SF man pleads guilty to having toxin that’s unregistered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man who was the target of a nationwide FBI hunt two years ago after deadly toxins and bomb-making material were allegedly found in his apartment agreed Tuesday to a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 16, 2016 | | State


More summerlike heat before rain and snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is having another day of unseasonable warmth before a low-pressure system brings rain and snow.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Palo Alto teen suicides in subject of study

PALO ALTO (AP) - A team of mental health experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to be in California this week to investigate a series of suicides by teenagers in the affluent university town of Palo Alto.

February 15, 2016 | | State


Newborn found In fast-food restaurant toilet; mom detained

WEST COVINA (AP) - A newborn boy was found in the toilet of a Subway restaurant Monday, and his mother, a homeless woman, was held by police who followed a blood trail, authorities said.

February 15, 2016 | | State


Tarantula species named after singer Johnny Cash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tarantula named after singer Johnny Cash is among 14 new species identified by scientists who spent a decade collecting the hairy spiders and studying nearly 3,000 of them.

February 15, 2016 | | State


Cal Berkeley’s tuition break for Californians nearly erased

BERKELEY (AP) - Tuition and mandatory fees have more than doubled for California residents at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley's law and business schools since fall 2005, a report published Sunday found.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Recordings reveal the lies former LA sheriff told prosecutor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Long road to recovery after devastating fire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on the same lot she fled in September, mourning the animals she couldn't save and the family heirlooms she left behind as one of the most devastating wildfires to hit California wiped out her rural subdivision.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem. I am 60 years old and have just been laid off by my employer. I have few if any prospects of getting another job. I plan to sign up for my Social Security when I am 62. But two of my last five years will have no earnings, thus dramatically lowering my future Social Security benefits. Can I just pay money into the Social Security system for these last two years?

February 12, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | State


Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

February 12, 2016 | | State


WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA (AP) - Where did El Nino go?

February 12, 2016 | | State


Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

February 12, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population.

February 12, 2016 | | State


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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


Hundreds walk pooches to protest dog-walking limits in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of dog owners walked their poodles, corgis, dachshunds and many mutts to protest the proposed limits on dog-walking in San Francisco ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Jurors misusing Internet may face fines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors who threaten to derail trials by researching them on Google or posting comments about them on Twitter are often dismissed with ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Group files suit against Santa Clara over cross in park

SANTA CLARA (AP) - An atheists' group has filed a lawsuit against the Northern California city of Santa Clara because of a large granite cross at ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Late-season storm dumps rain, snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late-season storm moving through California pounded the San Francisco Bay region with rain Friday and brought snow to the southern Cascade ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Pet terrier-mix fatally mauls 3-day-old baby

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while they were in bed with the child's parents, police ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


1996: Spreckels Sugar’s Manteca plant to close

100 years ago

April 22, 2016 | | State


EASTERN SIERRA OVERDUE

RENO (AP) - The Sierra's eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Man faces charge for hoax devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who forced a standoff outside the California Capitol that shut down business for hours had fake explosives in his car, police ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers reject greater twin tunnels scrutiny

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected legislation that would have added protections for water contractors in a massive project to ship water from Northern to ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


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