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Study’s target: In the end, will Obamacare work?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A national health policy nonprofit on Thursday announced it is making California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrest in Miss Teen USA extortion try

SANTA ANA (AP) - A 19-year-old man has appeared in a California courtroom to face charges of hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women then trying to extort nude photos from them.

September 26, 2013 | | State


OT coming for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Farmers face labor shortages in fields

FRESNO (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Media watchdogs to challenge radio station's license renewal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two media watchdog groups will challenge the broadcast license renewal of a Sacramento radio affiliate held financially responsible for the death of a woman participating in a water-drinking contest.

September 26, 2013 | | State


LAPD to brief private security on mall attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau will meet with private security leaders next month to discuss lessons learned from a Nairobi terrorist attack that left 67 people dead.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Progress made against Southern Calif. wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrests in California-Nevada recycling fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California, the California Department of Justice said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | State


]Officials unveil BART strike contingency plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With another possible strike on the horizon, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials unveiled a transportation contingency plan that will provide commuters with a range of options.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Early inmate releases worry Californians

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are concerned about the possible early release of state inmates and say they are not confident local governments can handle the extra responsibilities under the criminal justice realignment plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Doctor saves choking diner with knife

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Dinner was just getting served to a crowd of doctors and elected officials when a cry to dial 911 rang out at The Mark restaurant.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Minimum wage going to $9 on July 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 25, 2013 | | State


LA students breach school iPads' security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.

September 25, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

LEGAL CLAIM FILED IN SF BAY AREA CHILD ABUSE CASE: CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - A new legal claim accuses officials at a San Francisco Bay Area school district of failing to report suspected child abuse by a teacher who is now charged with molesting numerous students.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Governor signs quake warning system bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes.

September 24, 2013 | | State


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Bill seeks to dilute power of CPUC president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Powers wielded by the president of the state's top utility regulator would be diluted under a bill moving through the California Legislature.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill: Cheerleading would be sport

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would recognize competitive cheerleading as a high school sport under pending legislation.

June 01, 2015 | | State


College student killed mom in argument over grades

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama college student killed his mother during an argument over his bad grades, law enforcement officials said, and he was being held without bond in a county jail Monday.

June 01, 2015 | | State


District sued over graduation dress code

CLOVIS (AP) - A Native American student sued his California school district on Monday over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion in the state constitution are being violated.

June 01, 2015 | | State


State Senate approves 2017 minimum wage hike to $17

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill prohibits crackdown on sleeping in cars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly is advancing legislation to protect homeless people who live in their cars from fines and vehicle impounds.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Farmers submit plans to save water

FRESNO (AP) - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Ex-Moreno Valley councilman sentenced in $2 million sting

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Muir Woods’s tallest is mere 777 years old

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An analysis found that the tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods in California is 777 years old - not the 1,500 years once assumed.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Celebrities make splash with awareness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California's debilitating drought.

May 31, 2015 | | State


SF lawmakers try new tactics to curb soda drinking & sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.

May 31, 2015 | | State


New fire station stands empty due to ASA issues

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A $4 million fire station that was supposed to open in Santa Rosa in April remains unused while city inspectors figure out if the structure's kitchen, dining room and bathrooms need to be wheelchair-accessible.

May 31, 2015 | | State


Woman tosses Apple computer that turns out to be worth $200K

MILPITAS (AP) - Her electronic waste is someone else's treasure.

May 31, 2015 | | State


Google files new plans for futuristic complex

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has introduced a new proposal for expanding its Mountain View headquarters after city officials rejected most of its earlier proposal for a canopied campus addition.

May 31, 2015 | | State


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