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Wildfire fear rises; tanker fleet incomplete

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Illegal drones a daily sight in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Stabbing prompts search for state fire battalion chief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement authorities were searching Friday for a training instructor for the state's firefighting agency after a woman was found fatally stabbed in a Sacramento-area home.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Sonoma enters power business against PG&E

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A second public agency began providing electricity to residents under California's community choice aggregation program.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Little state could have done to keep Toyota

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.

May 02, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK 18% OF NORMAL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With summer approaching and California's snowpack measuring a fraction of normal, state officials said Thursday they will likely order farmers and other big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Bill cleans up illegals driver’s license program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers approved on Thursday tweaks to a program Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, after businesses and advocates raised concerns.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Group sues to stop high tech shuttles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of transportation activists have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco seeking to block commuter shuttles from using Municipal Railway bus stops, a practice that has sparked protests by local residents.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Kidnapping victim crashes car to escape Mountain View abductor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A man was charged Thursday with abducting two women in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of whom crashed a vehicle on a freeway to escape the kidnapper after he choked and threatened to kill her, police and the woman say.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Boys’ feet cut as 19 razor blades found at park

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say 19 razor blades have been found at a San Diego park where two boys were treated for cuts on their feet.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Big winds return but California fire at standstill

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - A fresh blast of strong winds hit a wildfire on Thursday in the foothills east of Los Angeles but did not spread the blaze that drove people from 1,600 homes, officials said.

May 01, 2014 | | State


LA NAACP head resigns over move to honor Sterling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned Thursday, following scrutiny of his plan to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.

May 01, 2014 | | State


California may remove ‘man and woman’ state law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Bill would block fines for failing to water lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers are endorsing a bill that would prevent homeowner associations from punishing residents who cut back on watering their lawns during a drought.

May 01, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

• CALIFORNIA MAY BOOST ASSISTED CARE HOME PENALTIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent problems at several assisted care facilities led the state Senate to advance a bill Thursday that would give California regulators the power to impose tougher penalties.

May 01, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Sacramento OKs ban on plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Desert wildfire in Mojave began as controlled burn

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Crews are using a pair of water-dropping helicopters in the fight against a Southern California desert wildfire that started as a controlled burn.

April 01, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PURPORTED KIDNAPPER DROPS ULTIMATUM TO CALIFORNIA POLICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A person claiming to be the ringleader of a group that says it abducted a California woman last week in an attempt to get a ransom has backed away from a threat to police to apologize for calling it a hoax.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it's fueled a new way of searching for items that's even stolen traffic from tech giant Google.

April 01, 2015 | | State


3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at age 47 in Hollywood Hills home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Did man carve name into girlfriend’s chest?

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities say an Orange County man carved his name into his girlfriend's chest with a razor blade while holding her hostage and threatening her.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Two die in medical office shooting

FRESNO (AP) - A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


San Bruno wants PG&E fined $1.6B

SAN BRUNO (AP) - Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Tenth of SJ Valley smog coming in from Asia sources

DAVIS (AP) - Up to 10 percent of the smog in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley is coming from outside the state - much of it from 6,000 miles away, in Asia, researchers in California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Purported kidnappers want apology from California police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two major California newspapers say they've received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Woman uses stun gun on Walmart customers

FRESNO (AP) - Police have arrested a woman for allegedly shocking several people with a pink stun gun at a Walmart store in Fresno.

March 31, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.

March 31, 2015 | | State


No ‘narcissists’: Festivals ban selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Endangered bighorn sheep now in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. (AP) - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

March 30, 2015 | | State


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