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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


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Motorola smartphone takes aim at Apple faster memory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Mom pleads for return of missing 8-year-old

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as search efforts grew to include federal authorities.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Best of California honors for wine from Bokisch Vineyards

LODI -The Bokisch Vineyards team's passion for making great wines was recognized at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Federal appeals court upholds shark fin ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


3,900 wildfires so far this year

FRESNO (AP) - More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


LA radio show peeks into the love lives of immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Alzheimer’s project belongs to UC San Diego

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the University of California, San Diego ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Delta saltier from SF Bay water

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials say they are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michelle Obama welcomed thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympic World Games on Saturday during a festive opening ceremony ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Firefighters make headway on 2 fires

WINTERS (AP) - Firefighters made progress Friday against two wildfires in Northern California, allowing some people to return home outside Napa Valley after flames threatened hundreds ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


LA police kill gunman on busy shopping street

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man with a gun was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Friday in a busy shopping district in the San ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


VidCon showcased online video stars

ANAHEIM (AP) - A swarm of spontaneous selfie sessions has commenced in the lobby of the Anaheim Convention Center as hundreds of fans have gathered for ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


Retired detective faces charges

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a retired Los Angeles police detective with bank robbery after members of his family called authorities with information ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


SCREAMING KIDS

NEW YORK (AP) - What went down at Marcy's Diner in Portland, Maine, between the vacationing parents of an antsy toddler and the annoyed, profanity-prone ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


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