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Proposition 34 at a glance

WHAT IT WOULD DO: Abolish California's death penalty. If the initiative is approved by voters this November, the 729 inmates on death row would have their sentences converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

October 01, 2012 | | State


At least 20 injured in California train crash

HANFORD (AP) - At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries Monday when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in California's Central Valley, authorities said.

October 01, 2012 | | State


Brown vetoes domestic workers rights bill that included OT & meal breaks

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections to an estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies and house cleaners in California.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Brown OKs illegal immigrant licenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed into law late Sunday.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Dairies going broke due to feed, milk prices

HANFORD (AP) - In nearly six decades of running a dairy in central California, Mary Cameron made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry: She led several dairy organizations and was honored as Outstanding Dairy Producer of the Year.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown signs bill giving juveniles with life sentences a chance at release

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced signing a bill that could one day bring the release of some criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Officials mull seismic tests near PG&E nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to use an array of powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials juggling concerns over marine life with public safety.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State to require note from doctors as waiver for unvaccinated students

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who don't have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor's office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law.

September 30, 2012 | | State


LA drivers steer clear of ‘Carmageddon’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The demolition of a bridge that forced the weekend closure of one of the nation's busiest freeways is on schedule, while many Los Angeles drivers heeded warnings to steer clear of the area, and officials expect to reopen the lanes as planned Monday morning.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Police arrest mom, say she used child to shoplift

SAN JOSE (AP) - A mother accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to shoplift groceries in Northern California and then abandoning the child when store employees intervened has been arrested in Nevada, according to police.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• BROWN VETOES BILL BANNING CELLPHONE DISRUPTION: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned agencies from disrupting cellphone service without a court order.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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FBI sting shows underworld of San Francisco Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

COLFAX (AP) - There's gold in them dry hills!

March 27, 2014 | | State


State Democrats reel from scandal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

March 27, 2014 | | State


Control advocates: Arrest is setback

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.

March 27, 2014 | | State


PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Tornadoes touch down in north state

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Detectives call shooting racially motivated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are saying the fatal shooting of a Jordanian man in a Home Depot parking lot was a racially motivated killing.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Attorney: End of tenure bad for students, teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loss of the state's teacher tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike, an attorney for teachers told a judge Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | | State


5-year-old Modesto boy killed by bus

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Modesto boy was struck and killed by a city bus while crossing the street in front of his school.

March 27, 2014 | | State


TSA wants police at checkpoints at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

March 26, 2014 | | State


GOP assemblyman wins state Senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Mike Morrell easily beat four challengers to win a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties, according to state figures Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: California governor’s race a one-man show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The governor's race in California looks like a one-man show.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Pink world lurks at solar system fringes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Simi Valley boy, 17, drowns at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: Californians cutting water use amid severe drought conditions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the state in the grip of a severe drought, most Californians are getting anxious over dwindling water supplies and making an effort not to waste a drop, a poll found Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


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