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Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Job reductions expected at EDD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program, state officials told employees.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPLE REVISES SF STORE PLANS TO PRESERVE FOUNTAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. has redesigned its plans for a flagship store in San Francisco to preserve a popular bronze fountain that has stood at the site for four decades.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Fire crews report progress against Yosemite fire

TUOLUMNE CITY (AP) - Crews were finally gaining ground by late Monday on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as officials also expressed optimism that no water or power disruptions would come from the blaze burning along the shores of the main reservoir that supplies San Francisco.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire creates smoky Reno air quality concerns

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Health officials say concerns about air quality in the Reno area are likely to continue for at least another day or two as a result of the smoke pouring in from the huge wildfire 150 miles away at Yosemite National Park.

August 27, 2013 | | State


3-foot buffer between cars, bikes?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill on Monday that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in the same direction, despite Gov. Jerry Brown's previous vetoes of similar legislation.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Deal may repair damage at Mono Lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tentative agreement has been reached that could end a decades-old battle between Los Angeles and conservationists who say the city's water diversions have damaged picturesque Mono Lake.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Capital News

PRISON GUARD UNION DEAL INCLUDES 4 PERCENT RAISE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.

August 26, 2013 | | State


Allergic reaction kills16-year-old detention escapee

FRENCH CAMP (AP) - Authorities in California say a 16-year-old boy who escaped from a county juvenile justice facility this summer and died a few hours later had a severe allergic reaction to pollen.

August 26, 2013 | | State


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


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Woman attacks girl with hammer

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman is accused of attacked a 9-year-old girl with a hammer at the girl's elementary school.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Sex reassignment surgery ban lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Musk unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

May 30, 2014 | | State


CHP looks into allegations of firefighter behavior

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether state firefighters had sex with a woman who later was stabbed to death in the home she shared with a battalion chief, a claim made during the subsequent homicide investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | State


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