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Officials: California gunman was in touch with extremists

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - California gunman Syed Rizwan Farook had been in contact with known Islamic extremists on social media, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday, and police said he and his wife had enough bullets and bombs to slaughter hundreds when they launched their deadly attack on a holiday party.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Plan could end protections for gray wolves in California

FRESNO (AP) - Gray wolves could be stripped of state endangered species protections once at least 50 of the animals are roaming in California, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

December 04, 2015 | | State


State prisons chief departs, oversaw shift to smaller system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections chief announced Thursday that he is stepping down after three years overseeing a prison system that has dramatically shrunk in response to federal court orders and voters' wishes.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Regulators fine utility $16.7 million over private talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Regulators fined a Southern California utility $16.7 million on Thursday for failing to report private talks between a utility executive and a top state regulator.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Question mark for Nov. jobs report: Did pay growth continue?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the government prepares to issue the November jobs report, a key question remains unanswered: Is the U.S. job market finally healthy enough to lift Americans' long-stagnant pay?

December 04, 2015 | | State


California Supreme Court OKs organic labeling lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Consumers have a right to file lawsuits under California law alleging food products are falsely labeled "organic," the state Supreme Court ruled.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Man shot in head files claim against LAPD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An unarmed man who lost a quarter of his skull after being shot by a Los Angeles police officer notified the city and police department on Wednesday that he plans to sue, claiming the shooting was part of a broad, disturbing pattern in the police force of the nation's second-largest city.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Zukerberg $45B organization to change charity landscape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is shaking up yet another sector - the charity world - with his surprise announcement that he and his wife will devote the bulk of their wealth, or about $45 billion, to philanthropic works.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Self-cleaning litter box fuels online pet supply sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather and Bobby Hill found their pot of gold in cat poop. Sales of a litter box that automatically cleans itself have been creeping up for years but in the last two, they grew nearly 400 percent and turned December into the couple's busiest time of year instead of its slowest.

December 02, 2015 | | State


14 dead, more than a dozen wounded in California shooting

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - As many as three heavily armed attackers opened fire on a banquet at a social services center for the disabled Wednesday, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen "as if they were on a mission," authorities said.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Board denies parole to ‘San Francisco witch killer’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of two so-called "San Francisco witch killers" was denied parole Wednesday, state prison officials said.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Wealthy nurses union endorses Newsom for California governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The politically powerful California Nurses Association announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's bid to become governor - nearly three full years before the general election contest.

December 02, 2015 | | State


California water supplies not looking good for 2016

FRESNO (AP) - Public water agencies that serve millions of residents in drought-weary California might only receive 10 percent of expected supplies in 2016 - half the amount that flowed to them this year through the state's massive system of reservoirs and canals, state officials say.

December 02, 2015 | | State


California misses target for saving water

FRESNO (AP) - Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October, marking the first month residents have missed the state's mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June, officials said Tuesday in Sacramento.

December 01, 2015 | | State


Flights aid post-Thanksgiving travel efforts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold air mass over California prompted widespread freeze warnings and watches Friday, raising concerns for crops in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and for homeless people in urban centers, even as skiers and snowboarders took advantage of snowy slopes.

November 29, 2015 | | State


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Did texting lead to man’s death?

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was believed to have been distracted by an electronic device he was carrying has fatally fallen off a cliff ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Drug shows promise in California for endangered fox

TORRANCE (AP) - The Catalina Island fox, one of the world's most endangered species, suffered from frequent tumors for the past decade until scientists discovered ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Lawsuits seek to abolish state’s’s bail bond system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crystal Patterson didn't have the cash or assets to post $150,000 bail and get out of jail after her arrest ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


San Joaquin Valley gun sales soaring

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun sales in California rose despite the state's tough firearms laws, according to a newspaper review of state Department of Justice ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Dog specially trained to comfort crime victims at courthouse

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A 2-year-old black lab has been specially trained to comfort crime victims at the Thurston County courthouse.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Research finds graded ski runs lack recovery over time

LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Abandoned ski areas with cleared runs are recovering faster than those that were graded.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Mom, 3 kids killed in mobile home fire Christmas morning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three children and their mother were killed in a Southern California mobile home fire on Christmas morning, while the family's father ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Ventura wildfire 60 percent contained, evacuations lifted

VENTURA (AP) - Fire crews have stopped the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast, reopened a scenic highway and lifted an evacuation ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Inmates not getting enough sleep

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Storm dumps snow in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - A storm that brought two feet of snow to parts of the northern Sierra Nevada and sparked a tornado moved Friday to Southern ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Drive to bar prison cellphones hits snag

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's high-tech solution to rid prisons of illegal cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


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