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Bill extends various fees to fund air quality programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


New reality dawns for LBGT community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Palm Springs Tourism Bureau was ready when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Within an hour of the high court handing down its decision Wednesday, the bureau launched a wedding web site featuring photographs of same-sex couples and spotlighting the desert city's gay and lesbian resorts.

June 27, 2013 | | State


BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


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ASPCA USES PHOTOS IN FIGHT OVER PUPPY MILLS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease. The pictures were taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past few years and were obtained through a public-records ...

June 26, 2013 | | State


Marine murder conviction overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days Court ruling makes California same-sex unions legal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Obama aims to tackle climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

June 25, 2013 | | State


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JUDGE TAKING NO ACTION IN JACKSON GUARDIANSHIP: LOS ANGELES - A judge said Tuesday he will make no changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with attorneys for their caretakers. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized on June 5 for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife. Beckloff ordered an investigator to interview Jackson's children, including Prince and Blanket, and report back to him.

June 25, 2013 | | State


LA plans to slash imported water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The thirsty metropolis of Los Angeles plans to slash its use of imported water and instead spend up to $800 million to create drinking water pulled from one of the nation's largest Superfund pollution sites.

June 24, 2013 | | State


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Rancor over development, crime shadow mayor’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate.

February 26, 2017 | | State


Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in ...

February 26, 2017 | | State


Celebrities launch pot brands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of ...

February 26, 2017 | | State


US government ends detention contract with California city

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government is ending a contract to house immigration detainees in a Southern California city that recently declared itself a sanctuary ...

February 25, 2017 | | State


Ex-LA sheriff with Alzheimer’s faces trial on corruption counts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went on trial on federal corruption charges Friday stripped of a ceremonial badge and unable ...

February 25, 2017 | | State


2 arrested for running over evacuee

BIGGS (AP) - Authorities have arrested two people accused of carjacking and running over a man preparing to flee when authorities ordered those living downstream from ...

February 19, 2017 | | State


Japanese Americans order marking 75th anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Satsuki Ina was born behind barbed wire in a prison camp during World War II, the daughter of U.S. citizens forced ...

February 19, 2017 | | State


Two dams illustrate challenge of upkeep on older designs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to ...

February 19, 2017 | | State


Water flow slowing over emergency Oroville Dam spillway

OROVILLE (AP) - Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday.

February 12, 2017 | | State


Ridiculed LA tower may get face-lift

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens ...

February 12, 2017 | | State


Push to end drought emergency

FRESNO (AP) - A coalition of state and local leaders is pressing California to lift restrictions on urban water use after the wettest winter for years.

February 07, 2017 | | State


School bus crash critically injures student

LANCASTER (AP) - A school bus and car crashed in California, toppling the bus onto its side and critically injuring two people, including a student Tuesday ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sirens, rescues as new storm hits Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emergency crews in the San Francisco Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Parole agent trades state bus passes for drugs

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former parole agent has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzling funds from the California Department of Corrections and ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sacramento calls on cruise to bring historic ship to town

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The city of Sacramento is calling for a river cruise company to bring a historic vessel to the Sacramento River.

February 07, 2017 | | State


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