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Residents warned of tax-related phone scam

YUBA CITY (AP) - Residents of California's Central Valley are being warned of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service seeking delinquent tax payments.

February 12, 2014 | | State


More than 728K sign up for health plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange is more than halfway toward meeting its original projection of 1.3 million sign-ups for individual insurance policies by the March 31 enrollment deadline, according to federal data released Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SIGNS AIM TO SAVE SOCAL DRIVERS FROM FLOODING: FONTANA (AP) - Southern California may be in a drought, but San Bernardino County is thinking about the safety of motorists who use roads prone to flash flooding.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Governor: Drought requires compromise

TULARE (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Feds approve more fracking off coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.

February 12, 2014 | | State


French leader in Bay Area for tech talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - France's president met with Silicon Valley and government leaders in the heart of tech country Wednesday, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.

February 12, 2014 | | State


LA takes first step toward urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.

February 12, 2014 | | State


San Diego gives GOP a win in mayor’s race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A moderate Republican city councilman scored a decisive win in the election for San Diego mayor, offering a dose of good news for a party that has fared poorly in California and in races to lead major American cities.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Calif. highway signs urge water conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is taking to the highways to spread the word about water conservation after months of drought.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Lady Gaga shoots video at Hearst Castle.

SAN SIMEON (AP) - Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Feds warn of lasers pointed into cockpits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Airline pilots and federal officials launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview.

February 11, 2014 | | State


PG&E plans to heighten security after attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. renewed its support on Tuesday for a three-year, $86 million project to heighten security at electricity substations following the sabotage last April of one of its Silicon Valley facilities.

February 11, 2014 | | State


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Oakland’s police stop blacks at higher rate

OAKLAND (AP) - A report by the Oakland Police Department released Monday said its officers stop and search blacks far more frequently than any other racial group in the city.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Brown raises $20M; Republican rivals lag

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With nearly eight months to go until the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has raised nearly $20 million for his re-election campaign, far outpacing the two leading Republican candidates competing for the right to challenge him.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Roseville declares mandatory water cutbacks

ROSEVILLE (AP) - With no end in sight to the state drought, a Northern California city will ask residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Best bee patient, 21 tons of honey cover LA freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty-one tons of honey will keep many Southern California spouses from hearing "honey, I'm home!" anytime soon.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Congress focuses on California dams

WASHINGTON (AP) - California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once referred to as a "holy war in some ways."

March 23, 2014 | | State


Rising flood insurance costs for Californians

CAPITOLA (AP) - A row of beachfront, Mediterranean-style cottages in bright pink, green, turquoise and yellow beckons tourists at the Capitola Venetian Hotel, who sunbathe on deck chairs and splash in the Pacific waves. But in his nearby office, owner Steven Allen is worrying about flood insurance.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Drought forcing closure of Diablo Grande course

PATTERSON AP) - Persistent drought conditions are forcing the closure of a prestigious Central Valley golf course.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Teen struck by train in critical condition

MARYSVILLE (AP) - A California teenage girl was still in critical condition on Sunday after being struck by a freight train while walking to a school dance with her boyfriend, who was killed in the accident.

March 23, 2014 | | State


DMV: No evidence of computer breach

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Saturday there's no evidence of a computer breach, but it's launching an investigation "out of an abundance of caution."

March 23, 2014 | | State


SoCal no longer bank-robbery capital

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California used to be known as the "Bank Robbery Capital of the World."

March 23, 2014 | | State


Daycare owners face trial in swaddling case

PLEASANTON (AP) - Two sisters accused of endangering the lives of infants at their Northern California daycare center by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets have been ordered to stand trial.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Vet reaches $4.5M settlement with Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California guardsmen get prison for gun theft

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two former members of the California National Guard have been sentenced to federal prison for selling two assault rifles they stole from an armory, federal prosecutors said Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


Student files claim over racial abuse

SAN JOSE (AP) - A black student who says his suite mates at a California university put a bike lock around his neck and racially harassed him has filed a $5 million claim against the school.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California unemployment drops to 8%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


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