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Central California man arrested in stepson's death

VISALIA (AP) - Authorities were keeping mum Wednesday on what led them to arrest a Central California man on suspicion of murder in the death of his teenage stepson, whose body was found days after he was reported missing.

November 27, 2013 | | State


Hurdle for high-speed rail: Where is the money?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge's rulings this week ordered California's high-speed rail authority to rewrite its funding plan, bringing to the surface again one of the biggest hurdles facing the ambitious, $68 billion project: Where will the money come from to complete it?

November 27, 2013 | | State


News from across San Joaquin

PORT OF STOCKTON GOES AFTER WATER HYACINTH: STOCKTON (AP) - Port officials in Stockton have removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of an invasive plant that has clogged their waterway and other waterways and harbors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

November 26, 2013 | | State


Calif. losing its edge in higher education

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More attention must be paid to the California State University system and to the state's community colleges if California is going to produce the educated workers its economy needs, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says in a report issued Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | | State


News from around california

AIRCRAFT INTRUDES ON OBAMA RESTRICTED AIRSPACE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fighter jets patrolling over a fundraising appearance by President Barack Obama in Los Angeles were scrambled Tuesday morning after an aircraft entered restricted airspace.

November 26, 2013 | | State


Fire guts Sonora school classrooms

SONORA (AP) - Authorities are looking into the possibility that arson was to blame for a fire at a Central California elementary school that destroyed a wing of classrooms.

November 26, 2013 | | State


7 wounded in shootings near Oakland park

OAKLAND (AP) - Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.

November 26, 2013 | | State


Black firefighter awarded $1.1m in bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six years after losing in his first trial, a black Los Angeles firefighter was awarded $1.1 million Monday by a jury that found he suffered discrimination during his nearly three-decade career.

November 26, 2013 | | State


Crash caused as man grabbed steering wheel

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old man and a 7-year-old boy were killed in a crash caused when the man grabbed the steering wheel while his girlfriend was driving on a Southern California freeway.

November 26, 2013 | | State


Detained American has strong Santa Cruz ties

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Perched among the rowboats at a wetlands sanctuary is a slick, fiberglass shell named "Merrill," a boat that marks just one of many ways an 85-year-old veteran detained for the past month in North Korea has touched this beachfront community.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Invasive lizard replacing native species

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are studying why the Italian wall lizard introduced into a Los Angeles neighborhood 20 years ago has virtually replaced a native species.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Missing Yosemite National Park resident found

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials say a family member has found a 60-year-old woman who went missing after leaving her home for a hike.

November 25, 2013 | | State


News from around california

RACIAL SLURS, SWASTIKAS FOUND ON 7 LA VEHICLES

November 25, 2013 | | State


Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's news coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Judge derails high-speed rail bond sale

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday tore up California's funding plans for what would be the nation's first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line.

November 25, 2013 | | State


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Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State


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


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