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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


Cold air mass brings freeze warnings to California

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 27, 2015 | | State


California reactors face uncertain future

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.

November 27, 2015 | | State


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State lawmakers push $2B plan to aid homeless

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would spend more than $2 billion on permanent housing to help the nation's largest homeless population, under a proposal outlined by ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


‘American Idol’ swan Song after 15 seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It started on June 11, 2002, with a couple of unfamiliar hosts posing in an empty theater and making an overblown declaration ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Ink & watercolors highlight next Grand Theatre exhibit

TRACY – The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents an exhibition surveying 15 years of ink and watercolor works, titled "Drawn from Nature – California Landscapes ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Workers return to San Bernardino offices following massacre

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Behind a chain-link fence and under heavy security, workers on Monday returned to their offices at the San Bernardino campus where 14 ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Spree suspect critically wounded by police

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting on a Los Angeles-area freeway following a police pursuit and a crash on Monday ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Right-to-die foes fail to make ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that will allow terminally ill patients to legally end their own lives say they did not collect ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Woman dies trying to save her dogs

SANGER (AP) - Authorities say a woman was killed in a Central California fire after running back into her home to save her dogs that had ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


2 of 3 killed at SoCal cemetery were married

ONTARIO (AP) - Authorities say a man and a woman killed by a former in-law in a murder-suicide at a Southern California cemetery were a married ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


California lawmakers return with full plate of heady issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


Storms to bring rain, snow to state all week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Light rain began falling north of San Francisco on Sunday in what forecasters said was the first sign of a series of ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


Forest Service reviews Nestle bottling plant

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has begun an environmental review of Nestle Waters North America's bottling operations in Southern California's ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


Amid drought, LA eyes ‘swamp cooler’ upgrades

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Old-school cooling systems on the roofs of larger Los Angeles buildings may be wasting billions of gallons of water each year.

January 03, 2016 | | State


Housing costs cerate teacher shortages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As the days get shorter, first grade teacher Esmeralda Jiménez watches the dimming afternoon sky outside her classroom window the way ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


Security concerns, temperatures don’t take fun out of parade

PASADENA (AP) - The flower-drenched Rose Parade rolled with few hitches Friday under cloudless blue skies to the delight of hundreds of thousands of fans, some ...

January 01, 2016 | | State


Dungeness crabs safe to eat in parts of California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People in Southern and Central California were able to feast on Dungeness and rock crabs on New Year's Day.

January 01, 2016 | | State


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