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New California law expands who can perform abortions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in California will be allowed to perform a type of early abortion under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, an action that drew condemnation from Catholic bishops and that came as many conservative states are limiting access to abortion services.

October 09, 2013 | | State


Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State


Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


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Brown signs budget with anti-poverty initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief ...

June 25, 2015 | | State


Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered ...

June 25, 2015 | | State


Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill ...

June 25, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles deputies guilty in jail beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday in the backroom beating of a jail visitor ...

June 25, 2015 | | State


Exxon Mobil halts oil production

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil ...

June 24, 2015 | | State


Officers in text message case to remain on paid leave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nine San Francisco police officers will remain on paid leave while a judge decides whether the department waited too long to discipline ...

June 24, 2015 | | State


Officer shoots police dog after it bites his hand

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area police officer shot and seriously injured a police K-9 after the dog bit his hand.

June 24, 2015 | | State


Judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure "patently ...

June 24, 2015 | | State


Ride-hailing apps for kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends ...

June 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast kill-gays ballot initiative proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Members of the California Assembly are denouncing a proposed ballot measure that would make it legal to murder gay and lesbian people.

June 23, 2015 | | State


Smiling Reagan statue revealed in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A statue of a smiling Gov. Ronald Reagan was revealed Monday in the California State Capitol's lower rotunda before admiring lawmakers and ...

June 23, 2015 | | State


Battle over Squaw Valley plans

SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - A leading environmental group has stepped up the fight against the proposed expansion of a Lake Tahoe ski resort, saying its impact ...

June 23, 2015 | | State


More firefighters join battle against fire near Tahoe

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters Monday battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged ...

June 23, 2015 | | State


Oil from spill washed up in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month ...

June 23, 2015 | | State


Farmers fail to report water cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A majority of farmers and others holding some of California's strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped ...

June 23, 2015 | | State


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