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Major parties lose more ground among voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report says California's two major political parties are losing ground as more voters decline to state a party preference.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Achdiocese to settle priest abuse cases for $13M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Judges may alter liability in liquor cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's highest court is considering a case that could crack a legal shield that has long protected party hosts in the state from most alcohol-related lawsuits, a newspaper reported Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Mom wants memorial to daughter saved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach mother wants the city to permit a memorial to her daughter, who was stabbed to death in 2012, to remain on public property.

February 17, 2014 | | State


SF police search for downtown gunman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Monday they hope video from nearby surveillance cameras will help in their search for a gunman who shot another man outside a crowded mall in downtown San Francisco.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Two CHP officers die in crash

KINGSBURG (AP) - The California Highway Patrol was mourning the loss of two officers Monday after their squad car flipped over while responding to a multi-vehicle crash.

February 17, 2014 | | State


“Green Acres” actress Mary Grace Canfield dies

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Call to reform wrker-run pension boards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation's largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Most GPS anklet alerts bombarding probation officers are ignored in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors, potentially masking true alarms of danger.

February 16, 2014 | | State


State senator pushes bill that insur s people in US illegally

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants living in the country illegally would be able to buy health insurance through the state of California under a bill introduced by a state senator.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Heavenly protests Forest Service plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Heavenly Mountain Resort is protesting portions of the U.S. Forest Service's 15-year land management plan for Lake Tahoe.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California health officials deem Mexican cactus a health risk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials are warning people not to eat cactus sold in several stores around the state due to the presence of unapproved pesticides.

February 16, 2014 | | State


LA breaks record for largest concrete pour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles project laying the foundation for the tallest building west of the Mississippi has broken the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour, a Guinness World Records adjudicator said Sunday.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California water politics complicate Brown’s decisions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Republican challengers see opportunity in water crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is providing an opportunity to the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown's expected re-election campaign this fall, highlighting what they say are government failures to prepare the state for a foreseeable crisis.

February 16, 2014 | | State


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CalFire beefs up seasonal ranks

HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

March 31, 2014 | | State


California seeing snow, rain, thunder, lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.

March 31, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

March 31, 2014 | | State


7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shirley Jones seeking a high-flying 80th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Schools check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

March 30, 2014 | | State


SF emergency water system has lapses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shasta County sees spike in illegal pot grows

REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Girl talks to pope, then dad freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

March 28, 2014 | | State


San Onofre nuclear plant breaks rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man survives car being squashed

ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Jail cook suspected of smuggling drugs

MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man faces 16 years for cruelty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Governor urges three state senators to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to "restore public confidence."

March 28, 2014 | | State


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