SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians may have missed out on this week's record-setting Powerball lottery drawing, but they will be able to buy tickets to the multistate game starting next spring, after the California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to add it to the state's roster of games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group's lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators for employers and union workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors will resume talks following a third day of a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex, both sides confirmed Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A report released Thursday reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.
GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
WINTON (AP) - A Central Valley man is dead after authorities say he was struck by flying debris when a train slammed into a vehicle. Thirty-two-year-old Aaron Schindler was among three people in a Dodge Caravan when it became stuck Saturday night on the tracks in Winton, a town about 10 miles northwest of Merced. He and the other occupants got out before the oncoming Amtrak train struck the minivan. But the California Highway Patrol ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of truancy tickets issued to students in the Los Angeles school district has dropped by more than 93 percent during the past four years, as the district changes the way it deals with misbehavior, according to a report. The sharp reduction reflects a move by school police to lessen their presence in schools and instead use positive incentives and mediation, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The report by ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California public utilities commissioner is proposing that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. be fined $17.25 million for falsely claiming two old pipelines were safe and filing misleading records to downplay the misstep. The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday said it received the proposal from commissioner Mark Ferron; an earlier proposal called for 6.75 million in fines for the violations. Two judges found previously that PG&E ran an aged pipeline ...
ROHNERT PARK (AP) - One of California's largest Native American casinos is set to open Tuesday in wine country, and its owners are counting on its proximity to San Francisco to help bring people through the doors.
100-YEAR-OLD MAN SKYDIVES ON BIRTHDAY: PERRIS (AP) - When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute.
BRIBERY CASE REVERBERATES ACROSS NAVY WITH ARRESTS: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It started with an invitation to the Broadway production of "The Lion King" in Tokyo for the Navy commander, his wife and their children.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions voted Friday on a tentative contract agreement after a bitter labor dispute prompted two strikes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man carrying a note that said he wanted to "kill TSA" pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot his way past a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing one Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding two others, authorities said.
FIRE CLOSES EAST BAY TUNNEL AS DRIVERS FLEE SMOKE: OAKLAND (AP) - A car fire in the tunnel that links Oakland to other east San Francisco Bay area communities has sent motorists streaming out of their cars on foot and eight people to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California water availability, quality and consumption said Thursday they will begin looking at the issues comprehensively rather than dealing with each problem separately. The strategy was detailed In a draft plan released by the Department of Natural Resources, Cal EPA and the Department of Food and Agriculture. It's meant to be the backbone of an effort to identify and prioritize projects dealing with ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal education officials renewed a threat this week to withhold funds from California if it moves forward this spring with a plan to abandon the standardized tests the state's public school students have taken since 1999. The U.S. Department of Education informed state officials through a letter that more than $3.5 billion in federal aid for disadvantaged students is at stake in the dispute, the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/16OrzO0) reports. Assistant ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new safety regulations for transit agencies' rail workers that are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation. The new rules came less than two weeks after two Bay Area Rapid Transit workers were killed while working on tracks during the agency's second worker strike since July. The rules include mandatory three-way radio communication between wayside workers, train operators and ...