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UC Merced expanding

MERCED (AP) - The University of California's youngest, smallest and most ethnically diverse campus reached a milestone in its journey to becoming a major feature of the state's higher education landscape on Wednesday with the selection of a development team to build, maintain and finance a long-planned expansion that will create room for 3,800 more students at a time when the UC system as a whole faces unprecedented demand.

June 16, 2016 | | State


Open-legislature ballot measure hits a nerve

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers would be stripped of their ability to make last-minute changes to bills and all public hearings would be videotaped under a measure likely to go before voters in November.

June 16, 2016 | | State


Elimination of contentious welfare policy?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor of California has given in to liberal lawmakers who want to repeal a welfare policy that critics call racist, ineffective and harmful to the state's poorest children.

June 14, 2016 | | State


High-speed rail lawsuit delays cost $63 million, add 17 months

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another $63 million was added Tuesday to the cost of California's high-speed rail project and the completion date for the first 29-mile leg was pushed back 17 months to August 2019, after the state won a lawsuit that had tied up land needed for construction for 4½ years.

June 14, 2016 | | State


Democrats advance 12 gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats on a California legislative panel voted Tuesday to advance a dozen proposed gun control measures, including one that requires people to turn in or destroy magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.

June 14, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor bumps Stanford sex assault judge from new case

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A Northern California judge at the center of a recall campaign after his handling of a Stanford University sexual assault case was removed from a new sexual assault case Tuesday by the local district attorney.

June 14, 2016 | | State


Apple makes Siri smarter, adds software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services.

June 13, 2016 | | State


Armed man headed to gay pride parade wasn’t allowed to have guns

LOS ANGELES. (AP) - An Indiana man arrested in California over the weekend with three assault rifles had been ordered by a judge in April to give up all his guns, but authorities in his home state said Monday they had not made any surprise checks to confirm he was following the probation requirement.

June 13, 2016 | | State


Performing pilot whale, Bubbles, dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the park reported.

June 12, 2016 | | State


POLICE NEVER GAVE UP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California mother was reunited Thursday with her abducted son, laying eyes on him and wrapping her arms around him for the first time in 21 years.

June 09, 2016 | | State


Judge: Transgender California inmates must get female items

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials must let transgender inmates have more female-oriented commissary items including nightgowns, robes, sandals, scarves and necklaces as part of a settlement that will make California the first state to pay for an inmate's sex reassignment surgery, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

June 09, 2016 | | State


SUPER-SIZED EL NINO IS OVER

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This year's monstrous El Nino, nicknamed Godzilla by NASA, is dead. It heated up the globe, but didn't quite end California's four-year drought.

June 09, 2016 | | State


9th District: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

June 09, 2016 | | State


Nearly 2.6 million votes outstanding in primary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 2.6 million ballots are still to be counted in California's presidential primary election, California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Thursday.

June 09, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown, lawmakers agree on California spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders reached an agreement Thursday on a state budget that expands funding for subsidized child care and eliminates a controversial welfare policy that restricts cash assistance for nearly 130,000 children.

June 09, 2016 | | State


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Farmers drill wells as groundwater limits loom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers in central California are drilling more and deeper wells than ever before to pump water for their fruit orchards and sprawling fields ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Man charged with hitting mayor with pie released on bail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who was charged with assault and battery after Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Woman in custody after police chase, hostage standoff

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A woman who authorities said led police on a pursuit along a Southern California interstate early Saturday and then fled into an apartment ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Motorcyclist fatally shot near Truckee

TRUCKEE (AP) - A motorcyclist was shot to death on Interstate 80 near Truckee, prompting authorities to close the highway for hours to investigate.

September 25, 2016 | | State


1 Chinese tourist dead, 11 hurt in bus crash near Yosemite

OAKHURST (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says one passenger was killed and 11 were injured when a tour bus carrying students from China hit a ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


2 men arrested, teen detained in California triple slaying

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Two men were arrested and a 17-year-old girl was detained Sunday on suspicion of killing three people inside a Southern California home ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Unusual power source: Gridlocked roads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing it.

September 25, 2016 | | State


CALIFORNIA POT FARM VIOLENCE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The four brothers were badly beaten, cold and terrified for their lives when they appeared before dawn at a stranger's Northern ...

September 22, 2016 | | State


Sacramento mayor tackles protester who hit him with pie

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the ...

September 22, 2016 | | State


San Jose State college students vandalize dorms with swastikas

SAN JOSE . (AP) - Two students at a Northern California university scrawled swastikas and other hate speech in residence halls, the campus president said Thursday.

September 22, 2016 | | State


2nd wildfire breaks out on base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Another wildfire, possibly sparked by a downed powerline, broke out Wednesday and forced the evacuation of buildings on a large ...

September 22, 2016 | | State


Feds OK plan to fight housing displacement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal housing officials approved a preference plan that advocates said Thursday will help low-income minorities stay in increasingly unaffordable San Francisco.

September 22, 2016 | | State


THE JOLIE-PITT DIVORCE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been a glamorous, globe-trotting Hollywood power couple, attracting cameras to their ...

September 20, 2016 | | State


Sacramento police chief: 18 rounds fired in fatal shooting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police released more details Tuesday about the summer fatal police shooting of a homeless man, including videos of the incident.

September 20, 2016 | | State


Board faults Los Angeles police in 2 fatal shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civilian review board on Tuesday found that two fatal shootings by Los Angeles police officers violated the department's deadly force ...

September 20, 2016 | | State


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