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Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Proposition 47 lowers penalties for crimes such as drug possession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Student held in school threat in California

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Peevey departing CPUC in 3 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Apply now: Obama gets a job offer

SANTA MONICA (AP) - He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Vehicle sparks caused Yosemite wildfire that killed air-tanker pilot

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday.

October 09, 2014 | | State


King fire fully contained after weeks

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - A massive California wildfire that burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen houses and drove thousands from their homes has finally been fully contained nearly a month after it broke out.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Prison guard arrested in pot case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state prison guard was among five people arrested following an eight-month investigation into marijuana cultivation activities in Sacramento.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Golf coach sentenced to 27 years for abusing boys

HAYWARD (AP) - A popular northern California golf teacher convicted of molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in state prison.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Bay brands itself as a place to ‘shop the world’

SAN JOSE (AP) - E-commerce site eBay is kicking off a global branding campaign that aims to draw attention to the wide array of goods it has available ahead of the holiday shopping season.

October 09, 2014 | | State


PC market still ailing despite gains

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets.

October 08, 2014 | | State


SF lawmakers OK Airbnb rentals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would allow city residents to rent out their homes to travelers on sites such as Airbnb.

October 08, 2014 | | State


National monument status in works for LA area mountains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama is planning to designate 346,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as a national monument, a step supporters say will ensure better stewardship in one of the nation's most heavily visited forests but worries some local officials because of potential restrictions.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? Study shows it works

ATLANTA (AP) - Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Solar tower that can kill birds dropped

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.

October 08, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


UC tuition going up $3,372 by 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.

November 19, 2014 | | State


1st of 3 storms douses fields, delays flights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Berkeley may require warning labels on gas pumps in city

BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Restaurateur guilty of serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Dry Central Valley town home to 7,000 gets portable showers

EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Appeals court blocks sex-offender electronic reporting requirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


DMV opens temp outlets to meet immigrant demand

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook’s newest app unbundles Groups feature for 1.35 billon users

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland zoo works to save endangered NorCal frogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.

November 18, 2014 | | State


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