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Wildfire closing in on SF Bay area's water source

TUOLUMNE CITY (AP) - A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Sea otters combat water pollution

MONTEREY (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Sea otters combat water pollution

MONTEREY (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Bill would let non-physicians perform abortions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Richmond wants to seize loans to ease mortgages

RICHMOND (AP) - When the mayor of Richmond and a gaggle of activists and homeowners showed up at the Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in downtown San Francisco this month, they were on a mission to speak with the bank's chief executive.

August 25, 2013 | | State


Counties seek to reduce parolee re-offense rate

SANTA ANA (AP) - When Yen Ly was released from behind bars this spring, she assumed it wouldn't be long before she began committing credit card fraud again to keep up with bills while feeding a devastating meth habit.

August 25, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers try to limit ‘revenge porn’ postings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as "revenge porn," where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.

August 25, 2013 | | State


Millions spent on water -storage plan that leaks

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.

August 25, 2013 | | State


Police search near college for toddler

OAKLAND (AP) - Dozens of investigators, some using search dogs, scoured an area near Oakland's Merritt College as they looked for a 22-month-old girl who vanished last month.

August 25, 2013 | | State


Wildfire’s spread triggers state of emergency in San Francisco

BUCK MEADOWS. (AP) - A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to more than 200 square miles Friday and spread into Yosemite National Park at the height of the summer season for one of California's most popular tourist destinations.

August 24, 2013 | | State


California mental hospitals exec being investigated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An executive hired to overhaul California's troubled state mental hospitals is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UNIION CITY BURGLARS POSE AS MUNICPAL SNAKE INSPECTORS: UNION CITY (AP) - Police say a pair of burglars duped two elderly people when one posed as a city pest inspector who appeared at their home to investigate an alleged snake infestation while the other burglarized the residence.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Woman arrested for having rocket launcher

MURIETTA (AP) - Murietta police have found a shoulder-fired rocket launcher in a storage unit as part of an investigation that led to the arrests of two women and a man.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Plane goes down on Sacramento golf course, 2 hurt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has gone down on a golf course near a Sacramento airport, and the two men aboard have been taken to a hospital.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Diego mayor agrees to resign

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign in return for the city's help defending him against claims he groped, kissed and made lewd comments to women, allegations that shook and embarrassed the city and turned the former 10-term congressman into a national punch line.

August 23, 2013 | | State


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Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State


State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State


CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) - The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students - increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

January 27, 2015 | | State


State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) - A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

January 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

January 26, 2015 | | State


State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state employee arrested on suspicion of bringing a loaded gun to the California secretary of state's office had been reprimanded for sending unsolicited messages to female co-workers, according to documents obtained Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


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