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California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State

ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State

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Woman blinded in 1 eye by flying disc settles lawsuit

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - A woman who was blinded in one eye by a flying golf disc at a Southern California park has settled a lawsuit ...

October 14, 2015 | | State

3 killed when car spins out during street race

SAN JOSE. (AP) - Authorities say a car involved in a street race spun out and struck a pole before slamming into a tree on a ...

October 14, 2015 | | State

Fight to keep Nativity scene

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Gun shop ordered to pay $6M to injured police officers

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jurors ordered a Wisconsin gun store to pay nearly $6 million on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two Milwaukee police officers who ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Planned Parenthood changes its fetal-tissue reimbursement policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Parents charged with fatally beating 19-year-old son in New York church

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York couple has been charged with fatally beating their 19-year-old son inside a church and four fellow ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

8-year-old boy not liable for exuberant hello that injured aunt

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut jury on Tuesday rejected a woman's bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Twitter purging up to 336 workers; CEO slashes costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is laying off up to 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

State’s sweeping new social policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California ends its legislative season having enacted some of the country's most aggressive social policies: Laws requiring student vaccinations, granting terminally ill ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Forest Service sued over permit for water bottling firm

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Environmental and public interest groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the U.S. Forest Service is letting Nestle Waters North America bottle ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

California drops plan to let violent inmates fight fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California corrections officials on Tuesday dropped a plan to include prisoners with violent backgrounds in the nation's largest and oldest inmate firefighting ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Alleged triggerman ID’d in killing of tourist, hiker

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors on Tuesday identified the alleged triggerman among the three transients charged with the shooting deaths of a Canadian backpacker and a ...

October 13, 2015 | | State

Officers sue gun store for their injuries

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A lawyer for a pair of Milwaukee police officers suing a gun shop for negligence told jurors Monday that the store should have ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Man dies trying to get into clothing bin

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A man whose body was found dangling from a clothing donation bin in New Jersey was a drifter who was ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Student sorry for mac & cheese meltdown, says he’s ashamed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A University of Connecticut student who went on an obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers when they refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

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