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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


Brown vetoes non-citizens on juries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens who are legal residents to serve as jurors in California.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Carter: Middle class today resembles poor from past years

OAKLAND (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.

October 07, 2013 | | State


News from around california

REPORTS OF POSSIBLE FIREWORKS BEFORE SF BLAZE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say they received reports that fireworks may have been responsible for a small blaze on Yerba Buena Island.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Elk Grove wants to expand boundaries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders in Elk Grove are pushing a plan to expand the city's boundaries by 8,000 acres, but opponents are raising concerns about traffic and environmental damage.

October 07, 2013 | | State


State aims to crack down on tax evasion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Not everyone is conscientious about paying their tax bill, and the scofflaws cost California an estimated $9 billion a year in uncollected revenue.

October 07, 2013 | | State


SACRAMENTO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a public health alert for raw

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people fell ill.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Bitten surfer says shark came from nowhere

EUREKA (AP) - It was a perfect day for surfing. Except for the shark.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Students find way to play games on iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

October 06, 2013 | | State


Major movie involving sharks filming in Reno, Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Filming for a major motion picture is scheduled to begin soon in northern Nevada, something the local producer says will become more common in the years ahead as some new tax incentives for the industry kick in.

October 06, 2013 | | State


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Fire forces evacuation from Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Search resumes for mountain lion

CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal.

September 09, 2014 | | State


3 family members hit, killed by car in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

September 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 8 RESCUED FROM FISHING BOAT OFF SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco says eight people were rescued from a troubled charter fishing boat while the captain stayed aboard to plug the leak.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Yosemite blaze prompts evacuation of 100 campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A 400-acre wildfire that started weeks ago in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park led to the evacuation of about 100 campers Sunday as the flames grew unexpectedly, officials said.

September 07, 2014 | | State


At premiere, cast, crew discuss end of ‘Anarchy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast and crew of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" gathered in Hollywood Saturday night for their seventh, and final, season premiere.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater

VALLEJO (AP) - A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region's drought.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Flores was San Diego’s first Hispanic bishop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cirilo Flores was an attorney when he had a midlife change of heart and became a Roman Catholic priest, leading to a brief tenure as the first Hispanic bishop of San Diego.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger returns to state capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Governator is back.

September 07, 2014 | | State


California conservationists buy undervalued lands

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California conservation groups took advantage of depressed property values during the nation's recession to snap up vast swaths of land for public use in the Sierra Nevada region.

September 07, 2014 | | State


700 homes evacuated from fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - A new wildfire that broke out Friday on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes, officials said.

September 06, 2014 | | State


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

September 06, 2014 | | State


STATE BIGGEST BENEFACTOR

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State


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