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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SIGNS AIM TO SAVE SOCAL DRIVERS FROM FLOODING: FONTANA (AP) - Southern California may be in a drought, but San Bernardino County is thinking about the safety of motorists who use roads prone to flash flooding.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Governor: Drought requires compromise

TULARE (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Feds approve more fracking off coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.

February 12, 2014 | | State


French leader in Bay Area for tech talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - France's president met with Silicon Valley and government leaders in the heart of tech country Wednesday, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.

February 12, 2014 | | State


LA takes first step toward urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.

February 12, 2014 | | State


San Diego gives GOP a win in mayor’s race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A moderate Republican city councilman scored a decisive win in the election for San Diego mayor, offering a dose of good news for a party that has fared poorly in California and in races to lead major American cities.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Calif. highway signs urge water conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is taking to the highways to spread the word about water conservation after months of drought.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Lady Gaga shoots video at Hearst Castle.

SAN SIMEON (AP) - Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Feds warn of lasers pointed into cockpits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Airline pilots and federal officials launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview.

February 11, 2014 | | State


PG&E plans to heighten security after attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. renewed its support on Tuesday for a three-year, $86 million project to heighten security at electricity substations following the sabotage last April of one of its Silicon Valley facilities.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Man sentenced in counterfeit cash scheme

CLOVIS (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiring to buy, receive, alter and pass counterfeit money.

February 11, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• RACIST, SEXIST FLIERS FOUND AT USC, UCLA CAMPUSES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Campus police are investigating fliers with profane, racist and sexist language that have been distributed at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

February 11, 2014 | | State


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Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State


California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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