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Family home dodges 2 wildfires

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Days after nearly losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief after learning that firefighters and a firebreak cleared by her husband had saved it from a second blaze.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Apple more than doubles hiring of women, minorities

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Notorious inmate’s lawyer: Officials knew he was target

SAN QUENTIN (AP) - Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California's prison isolation units partly for his own protection. Just days after he was moved into the general prison population, fellow inmates stabbed him to death in an exercise yard.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Manhunt target let out of jail over space

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due to lack of bed space.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Girl died from stab wounds, asphyxiation

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Sheriff's officials say an 8-year-old Northern California girl who they say was sexually assaulted and killed by a teenage neighbor died of asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge jumper evading police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are searching for a woman who emerged from the icy bay water Wednesday morning wearing a soaking wet black dress and no shoes after she either jumped or fell from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge trying to evade police in a stolen car.

August 12, 2015 | | State

150 people evacuated as wind pushes fire

LOWER LAKE (AP) - At least 150 people have been evacuated from their homes as erratic winds Wednesday fanned a wildfire burning through rugged hills in Northern California and pushed the flames across two counties.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Octopus that’s weirdly social, romantic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that's even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

August 12, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jose Melena was loading tons of tuna into industrial ovens at Bumble Bee Foods when any worker's worst nightmare occurred - he got trapped inside and the massive pressure cooker was turned on.

August 12, 2015 | | State

LA covers reservoir with ‘shade balls’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has been blackballed.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Infamous ‘San Quentin Six’ convict killed by fellow inmate

SAN QUENTIN. (AP) - An inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner, corrections officials said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

2 plead guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico by drone

EL CENTRO (AP) - Two California men pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin from Mexico to the United States, authorities said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Medi-Cal may be on hook for parolee’s sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California paroled a transgender inmate on Wednesday, one day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison system to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

August 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | State

State: Sell even more miserly showerheads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials launched two initiatives Wednesday to boost residential water conservation: The nation's toughest water efficiency standards for showerheads and a $30 million rebate program to rip out grass lawns and replace old toilets.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Food banks, pantries find ways to feed more people

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charles Scott is shopping for groceries at a Philadelphia food pantry, busily clicking away at a computer to select his choices of onions, tomatoes and frozen corn.

August 11, 2015 | | State

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Governor bans Redskins name at public schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four California high schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation making the state the first to ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Pumpkin winner weighs 1,969 pounds

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A rippled white whopper weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title Monday for plumpest pumpkin at an annual San ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Transients charged with killing of tourist, hiker

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California prosecutor said Monday he has filed murder charges that could lead to the death penalty for three young transients accused ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

California adopts strictest limits on livestock

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Brown rejects labor-backed laws in sweeping bill package

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown barred public schools from using the Redskins name, strengthened the state's vaccine rules by requiring mandatory vaccination for day ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

2 dead after plane crashes near house

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed next to a house in Northern California shortly after takeoff.

October 11, 2015 | | State

Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier set to go out to bid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate Bridge officials are set to begin looking for a construction firm for a suicide barrier on the landmark span, a ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Drought pressures beer brewers

FALLBROOK (AP) - Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Trio used stolen gun to rob, kill 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

New state law extends privacy rights to electronic data

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Police search for man who ditched hurt daughter

SAN LEANDRO . (AP) - A Northern California man abandoned his seriously injured 6-year-old daughter in the backseat of a car he wrecked while fleeing police, authorities ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Gov. Brown rejects driver’s licenses to ease border crossings

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Friday that would have positioned California to be the first state on the U.S. border with ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Man who says he was cartel enforcer pleads guilty to murders

VISALIA . (AP) - A man who says he was a cartel enforcer pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of murder in California after acknowledging to investigators ...

October 07, 2015 | | State

Study: No fracking bonanza for California’s Monterey Shale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California's vast Monterey Shale oil deposits.

October 07, 2015 | | State

Golden Gate Park slaying victim was 23-year-old Canadian tourist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A young Canadian woman whose body was found in Golden Gate Park over the weekend was on her first solo backpacking trip ...

October 07, 2015 | | State

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