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Democrat Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, whose Appalachian roots have given her a powerful affinity for the plight of the working poor, was sworn in Monday as the 69th speaker of the state Assembly.

May 12, 2014 | | State


State’s new computerized exam for students plagued by glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The trial rollout of California's new standardized exams, administered for the first time on computers, has been plagued by technical glitches, according to a newspaper investigation.

May 12, 2014 | | State


Porsche sued in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

May 12, 2014 | | State


School bus crashes with big rig

FRESNO (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, causing six injuries.

May 12, 2014 | | State


Transparency main focus in race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A string of legal cases against lawmakers that include two Democrats facing political corruption charges has magnified the usually quiet race for the office overseeing California elections and campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2014 | | State


School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.

May 11, 2014 | | State


State death-penalty reform initiative pushed to 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.

May 11, 2014 | | State


Man with DUI past killed by an alleged drunk driver

DANA POINT (AP) - An Orange County man recently released from rehab after three drunken driving convictions died when authorities say a 19-year-old man who had been drinking struck him, a newspaper reported.

May 11, 2014 | | State


Search for missing boaters suspended

FOLSOM (AP) - Search crews have temporarily suspended their search for four men who are presumed dead after their speedboat capsized on a lake east of Sacramento.

May 11, 2014 | | State


Satanic inmate sues Reno jail over his religious meals

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada inmate who says he practices Satanism is accusing county jailers of violating his constitutional rights by denying him meals consistent with the strict diet of his pagan religion, including ice cream.

May 09, 2014 | | State


McDonald’s tests seasoned french fries fries in Stocktom

STOCKTON (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.

May 09, 2014 | | State


2004: Caltrans mower starts 120 grass fire

10 years ago

May 09, 2014 | | State


Rules proposed for illegals’ driver’s license

SANTA ANA (AP) - California on Friday proposed requiring immigrants in the country illegally to present foreign government-issued identification to obtain a driver's license or go through an interview process using other documents to prove their identity.

May 09, 2014 | | State


Half Moon Bay beach access trial underway

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A judge required a billionaire technology mogul to testify at a trial underway over public access to a popular Northern California beach.

May 09, 2014 | | State


Young children could face bullying charges

CARSON (AP) - Children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in a Southern California city.

May 09, 2014 | | State


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Governor pardons 83 people

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland man pardoned for crimes he committed nearly three decades ago says he considers the Easter Sunday announcement a new beginning in his life.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Deputy police chief resigns amid charges

FRESNO (AP) - A deputy police chief in California has resigned amid federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Friday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Man shot by police was arrested day earlier

ORANGE . (AP) - A 31-year-old man shot and killed by police in Anaheim had been arrested a day earlier after running from authorities and crashing his truck into a construction site, police said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Drought forces skiers to higher ground

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet - until this year.

April 03, 2015 | By BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press | State


Californians with century-old water rights face restrictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


‘Price is Right’ model apologizes for $21K mistake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Price is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Court: Yoga doesn’t bend rules on religious freedom in schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Thousands more bikes could hit Bay Area roads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area riders could have thousands more bicycles to share.

April 03, 2015 | | State


7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired.

April 03, 2015 | | State


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


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

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


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