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California awards $250M for career prep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.

May 27, 2015 | | State


US high court: California county drug disposal law stands

OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.

May 27, 2015 | | State


Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death

POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.

May 27, 2015 | | State


SoCal triplets all accepted to MIT

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

May 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.

May 27, 2015 | | State


Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm post

SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.

May 26, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

AGENT: 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

May 25, 2015 | | State


Australia’s tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

May 25, 2015 | | State


Assembly leaders single-handedly dictate spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.

May 25, 2015 | | State


Sacramento boy, 11, earns three degrees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.

May 25, 2015 | | State


Abalone diver dies off Sonoma County coast

BODEGA BAY (AP) - Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.

May 25, 2015 | | State


Grand jury probes PG&E ties with CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


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Wildfire moves closer to Sierra town of Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire moved closer to the tiny Sierra Nevada town of Markleeville, California, on Sunday, and authorities were telling residents to be prepared to evacuate.

June 21, 2015 | | State


PG&E accidently kills threatened salmon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than one-tenth of the largest wild population of threatened salmon in the Central Valley died after repair work near a power plant led Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut off a cooling flow of water into a creek, wildlife and utility officials said Friday.

June 20, 2015 | | State


Huge Southern California forest fire still growing

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A fleet of helicopters dropped loads of water on flaming timber Friday as a huge fire churned through the San Bernardino National Forest, the largest among blazes burning in hot, dry California.

June 20, 2015 | | State


City prepares to double population

VERNON . (AP) - Vernon has long been an oddity in Southern California - a city devoted almost exclusively to industry, with a population hovering around 100 people who lived in city-owned homes.

June 20, 2015 | | State


Google cracks down on ‘revenge porn’

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as "revenge porn."

June 19, 2015 | | State


Cat wins shelter’s Hero Dog award for saving kid from canine

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.

June 19, 2015 | | State


California Legislature OKs $115.4B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services.

June 19, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WORLD WAR II INTERNEES FINALLY GET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: TUSTIN (AP) - It was decades late, but George and Miko Kaihara, both 90, finally got to attend their high school graduation.

June 19, 2015 | | State


California OKs nearly $50M in tax credits

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state economic development board approved nearly $50 million in tax credits Thursday for companies that promised to create a total of 11,000 jobs in California, including a $15 million credit for electric vehicle-maker Tesla Motors.

June 18, 2015 | | State


YouTube showcases news video fed by eyewitnesses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - YouTube has started a video news service to showcase the most interesting clips recorded and posted by eyewitnesses at events unfolding around the world.

June 18, 2015 | | State


CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE

SANTA ANA (AP) - In a move that adds momentum to efforts to integrate immigrants, California is on the cusp of becoming the largest state in the nation to extend state-subsidized health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally.

June 17, 2015 | | State


New firm set to run Yosemite park sites in $2B deal

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A new company has been selected to take over hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities at Yosemite National Park under the national park system's most lucrative single contract for services, officials said Wednesday.

June 17, 2015 | | State


California commission says Uber driver is employee, not contractor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ruling in the case of a single Uber driver could have much broader implications for the popular ride-hailing service and for companies like it that rely on workers they see as independent contractors for on-demand services.

June 17, 2015 | | State


Spike in meth seen from Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border officers have seized more methamphetamine in Arizona this fiscal year than they did the entire previous year, continuing an upward trend for the drug that officials say is much easier and cheaper to manufacture in Mexico.

June 16, 2015 | | State


New state budget expands welfare

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | | State


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