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Expulsion vote due for kids in computer hacking

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."

January 28, 2014 | | State

Bill will reduce challenges to prospective jurors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State

As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State

Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State

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‘Back to the Future’ fans transform town

FILLMORE (AP) - For one day only, a picturesque town about 60 miles north of Los Angeles was transformed into Hill Valley, the fictional hometown of ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Bill Walton stoked Amgen Tour will start in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton was so stoked to hear that the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will start in his ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Major drug tunnel found

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels between the U.S ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Authorities suspect Odom overdosed on cocaine, drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lamar Odom is believed to have overdosed on cocaine and other drugs before he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, according ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

State eyes people eligible for health care subsidies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Heading into a third enrollment season with less fanfare and a more modest budget, California health exchange officials said Thursday they will strategically ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Court OKs longer sentence for laughing defendant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says a judge did not overstep his authority when he doubled a defendant's prison sentence after the ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

$400M settlement tied to closed nuke

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California announced Thursday that it reached a $400 million insurance ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

EU Cemetery still needs clean-up day volunteers

East Union Cemetery supporters are seeking volunteers for a big fall clean-up day set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p ...

October 22, 2015 | | State

Manteca couple adds organic feel & look to Mac keyboards

A Manteca husband and wife team are adding beauty to function when it comes to Mac keyboards.

October 22, 2015 | | State

Man found buried in mud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man found dead in a van buried under several feet of mud at the scene of last week's flash flood ...

October 22, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

NASA: 99 percent probability of LA quake within 3 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a 99.9 percent chance of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake striking within three years in the greater Los Angeles ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

DMV worker indicted in ID theft probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - A clerk at the California Department of Motor Vehicles and five other people have been indicted on charges involving the creation of ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Ex-NBA star won’t seek 3rd term as Sacramento mayor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Odom, Kardashian call off their divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have decided to stay married as the former NBA star continues his recovery a week after he ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

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