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Q&A on California’s drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.

April 03, 2015 | | State

California appeals court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | State

California eyes deadline for shutting more oilfield wells

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.

April 02, 2015 | | State

Stock split could cost Google $500M

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.

April 02, 2015 | | State


TEACHER BURNED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACCIDENT: PALO ALTO (AP) - Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a high school teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns in a science experiment accident.

April 02, 2015 | | State

Kill the lawn, save the water

LONG BEACH (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

April 02, 2015 | | State

Schuller turned drive-in movie ministry into megachurch

ARTESIA (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California - he took his message to them.

April 02, 2015 | | State

Judge orders California to pay for inmate’s sex change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.

April 02, 2015 | | State


ECHO LAKE (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

April 02, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.

April 01, 2015 | | State

Hottest March on record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.

April 01, 2015 | | State

Yosemite entrance fee jumps $5

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer.

April 01, 2015 | | State

LA agrees to spend $1B to fix sidewalks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked wheelchair ramps.

April 01, 2015 | | State

Sacramento OKs ban on plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

April 01, 2015 | | State

Desert wildfire in Mojave began as controlled burn

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Crews are using a pair of water-dropping helicopters in the fight against a Southern California desert wildfire that started as a controlled burn.

April 01, 2015 | | State

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Bill to increase farm overtime moves to California governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Four decades after he signed the nation's first law giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights, California Gov. Jerry Brown will again consider a ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

Congressmen blast California’s high- speed rail plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan lacks reliable funding sources and is in danger of ending up with only one line ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

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