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Bill extends various fees to fund air quality programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


New reality dawns for LBGT community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Palm Springs Tourism Bureau was ready when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Within an hour of the high court handing down its decision Wednesday, the bureau launched a wedding web site featuring photographs of same-sex couples and spotlighting the desert city's gay and lesbian resorts.

June 27, 2013 | | State


BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


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ASPCA USES PHOTOS IN FIGHT OVER PUPPY MILLS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease. The pictures were taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past few years and were obtained through a public-records ...

June 26, 2013 | | State


Marine murder conviction overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days Court ruling makes California same-sex unions legal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Obama aims to tackle climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

June 25, 2013 | | State


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JUDGE TAKING NO ACTION IN JACKSON GUARDIANSHIP: LOS ANGELES - A judge said Tuesday he will make no changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with attorneys for their caretakers. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized on June 5 for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife. Beckloff ordered an investigator to interview Jackson's children, including Prince and Blanket, and report back to him.

June 25, 2013 | | State


LA plans to slash imported water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The thirsty metropolis of Los Angeles plans to slash its use of imported water and instead spend up to $800 million to create drinking water pulled from one of the nation's largest Superfund pollution sites.

June 24, 2013 | | State


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Breakfast in class triggers flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish

STOCKTON. (AP) - California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Berkeley law cerates buffer zones around tobacco sales

BERKELEY (AP) - The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Police say seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not be fooled by the animal's cuteness - they could suffer a vicious bite, an animal rescue expert said.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Body found 6 days after bridge crash

ANTIOCH (AP) - The body of a motorcyclist who fell off the Antioch Bridge six days ago has been found.

April 19, 2015 | | State


GAS BLAST CLOSES HIGHWAY 99

FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

April 17, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | State


California unemployment down to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Famed French Laundry restaurant kitchen inside shipping containers

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Investigators say identity-theft suspect employed 74 aliases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Sunken WWII aircraft carrier is rediscovered off California coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.

April 17, 2015 | | State


As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

April 16, 2015 | | State


250 native elk die inside fenced area

POINT REYES (AP) - More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Some SF Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

April 16, 2015 | | State


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