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California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State


California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


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Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near ...

June 29, 2015 | | State


Legislature passes strict vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country ...

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care ...

June 29, 2015 | | State


Wet weekend helps wildfire fights

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Teen cleared of slaying arrested on same charge

MERCED (AP) - A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge ...

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lightning strikes spark new wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

June 28, 2015 | | State


35 counties extend health care to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers tie $20 million in grants to police use of force

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the ...

June 28, 2015 | | State


Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino

CUPERTINO (AP) - A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Ruling makes pride parades jubilant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with ...

June 28, 2015 | | State


Homely hounds compete to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA . (AP) - He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.

June 26, 2015 | | State


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