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DOG GETS REPRIEVE AFTER BITING FIREFIGHTER: PETALUMA (AP) - A dog that bit a Northern California firefighter has been granted a reprieve by animal control officers.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Hollywood is less gay-friendly off-screen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Wind farm eagle protection plan released

RIO VISTA (AP) - A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Law address prescription of drug overdoses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs.

September 27, 2013 | | State


State. establishes mattress-recycling program & fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is designed to deter the illegal dumping of old mattresses and keep them out of landfills by creating a recycling system.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Artists to retrace 'Grapes of Wrath' journey

SALINAS (AP) - A trio of artists soon will travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Davis mother arrested in death of girl in trunk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found clinging to life in the trunk of a parked car in a quiet Sacramento neighborhood.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Study’s target: In the end, will Obamacare work?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A national health policy nonprofit on Thursday announced it is making California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrest in Miss Teen USA extortion try

SANTA ANA (AP) - A 19-year-old man has appeared in a California courtroom to face charges of hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women then trying to extort nude photos from them.

September 26, 2013 | | State


OT coming for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Farmers face labor shortages in fields

FRESNO (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Media watchdogs to challenge radio station's license renewal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two media watchdog groups will challenge the broadcast license renewal of a Sacramento radio affiliate held financially responsible for the death of a woman participating in a water-drinking contest.

September 26, 2013 | | State


LAPD to brief private security on mall attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau will meet with private security leaders next month to discuss lessons learned from a Nairobi terrorist attack that left 67 people dead.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Progress made against Southern Calif. wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrests in California-Nevada recycling fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California, the California Department of Justice said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | State


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Warmer weather expected around NorCal wildfire

HAPPY CAMP . (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire in a far Northern California forest that has led to the evacuation of 250 homes are bracing for warmer, dryer weather.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Thieves use backhoe in ATM heist attempt

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno ATM machine is out of service after thieves tried to break it open using a stolen backhoe.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Casino night set Sept. 27 benefits Give Every Child a Chance tutoring

The Give Every Child a Chance 14th Casino Night & Auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., Manteca.

August 31, 2014 | | State


SoCal school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

August 31, 2014 | | State


Strong quake aftershock hits Napa Valley

NAPA (AP) - A significant aftershock from last weekend's magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California's wine country.

August 31, 2014 | | State


Guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

LANCASTER (AP) - A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Bills passed to deter wrongful convictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills Friday designed to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Air drops on California wildfire get going early

HAPPY CAMP (AP) - Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Groundwater regulations headed to Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" policy.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Schools chief to appeal teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's schools chief said Friday that he will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Pot grower stole reservation water

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Slice of Princess Di’s wedding cake fetches $1,375

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Teacher reprimanded for tweets

NEWARK (AP) - A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

August 29, 2014 | | State


SHAKY FACTS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

August 28, 2014 | | State


California nearing ban on plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 28, 2014 | | State


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