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Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Truckee River flows peak, 3rd lowest in four decades

TRUCKEE (AP) - Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.

May 06, 2013 | | State


If you buy over Internet you’re probably a tax cheat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Central Coast rancher wins right to help homeless after court fight

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A Central Coast rancher and local hero to the homeless vowed to finally to build the Sunny Acres sober living facility after more than a decade in court and conflicts.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set; youngest member now 65 years old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• 2 DEAD, 5 HURT AFTER VAN CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 99: FRESNO (AP) - Two men died and five others were hospitalized with injuries early Saturday after a van carrying farmworkers overturned on a Fresno highway, authorities said.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown, Demos in Medicaid expansion tiff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Divers search reservoirs for murder clues

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Divers are searching two reservoirs and detectives are knocking on doors in Calaveras County as the investigation continues into the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fourth abalone diver dies in NorCal waters

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A diver died Saturday in the quest for abalone that has claimed three other lives in the waters off Northern California the past week.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cellphone thefts accounts for half of all SF robberies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Beach bonfire spat gets hot in Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Anna Abderhalden and her siblings woke before dawn to stake a claim to a coveted beachfront spot where bonfires blaze each night as a rite of summer in this surf-crazy Southern California city.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fever hits thousands in Valley

FRESNO (AP) - California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cooler weather aids fight against wildfire

CAMARILLO. (AP) - Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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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


Army major gets medal for saving man

ORINDA (AP) - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

September 05, 2014 | | State


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