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Controversial water bill giving urban, farm users more SJ River water gets first OK

FRESNO (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a controversial water bill that would block the restoration of the San Joaquin River and give California farmers and urban residents more water.

February 29, 2012 | | State


States won't oppose Honda hybrid mpg settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Attorneys general in California and four other states said Wednesday that they won't oppose a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and owners of its hybrid cars over inflated claims of fuel efficiency.

February 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

EUREKA YURT YIELDS MORE THAN 3,880 POT PLANTS: EUREKA (AP) - State and local drug agents say they found 3,881 marijuana plants and 110 one-pound bags of dried pot inside a Eureka yurt and seized $420,000 in cash from the structure and a nearby home.

February 29, 2012 | | State


California walloped as snow falls; helps ease drought concerns a bit for summer

Late winter storms forced school and road closures from Seattle to upstate New York, but the snow was welcomed in California as it suffers through one of the driest winters in history.

February 29, 2012 | | State


California Rep. Dreier announces plan to retire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rep. David Dreier, the powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced on the House floor Wednesday that he will not seek another term. He becomes the latest lawmaker to decide to retire after recast district boundaries in his home state left him with dimmed re-election prospects.

February 29, 2012 | | State


NorCal man arrested after deadly ax rampage

MOUNTAIN GATE (AP) - A man who apparently became upset when he thought someone was stealing his medication went on a gruesome rampage with an ax, killing two people, authorities said Wednesday.

February 29, 2012 | | State


Stockton mediation first test of union backed law making it tough for cities to file bankruptcy

STOCKTON (AP) - Beleaguered Stockton is the first California city to test a new union-backed law aimed at protecting public employee contracts by making it harder for municipalities to file bankruptcy.

February 29, 2012 | | State


Brewing storm could help California’s water woes; snowpack at 30% of normal

FRESNO (AP) - State surveyors who measured California's paltry Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday might have fared better had they waited another day.

February 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PG&E SAYS NEW GAS SAFETY PLAN WILL COST $5B: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says its customers should pay the lion's share of a $5 billion plan to boost safety on its gas lines following the deadly San Bruno explosion.

February 28, 2012 | | State


US attorney warns California farmers they will lose farms if they allow marijuana grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in the Central Valley said Tuesday that he plans a tour this week to tell agricultural landowners they could lose their property or be prosecuted if they permit large marijuana plantations on their land.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Wild parrots of SF spread to the 'burbs

February 28, 2012 | | State


Parents allege fraud foiled school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents who lost their initial bid to reform a low-performing school in the Mojave Desert are requesting a criminal investigation into allegedly fraudulent documents submitted to the school district that helped scuttle their petition.

February 28, 2012 | | State


3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

February 28, 2012 | | State


Stockton aims to avoid being biggest bankrupt city in USA

STOCKTON (AP) - The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Snow shuts down Interstate 5 traffic in Tejon Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold storm moving across Southern California on Monday froze traffic, slowing or stranding thousands of motorists on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, dumping snow and hail on mountains, and bringing high, hazardous surf to beaches.

February 27, 2012 | | State


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Simi Valley boy, 17, drowns at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: Californians cutting water use amid severe drought conditions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the state in the grip of a severe drought, most Californians are getting anxious over dwindling water supplies and making an effort not to waste a drop, a poll found Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Young salmon trucked downstream to avoid massive die-off due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Area employers to underwrite commute costs

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are going to have to start offering commuter subsidies as a way of encouraging their workers to use public transportation or other alternatives to driving alone.

March 26, 2014 | | State


State Senate leader calls for Lee’s resignation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling on Sen. Leland Yee to resign after being indicted on federal corruption and firearms charges.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Rain system passing thru Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are predicting that the rain that began to fall in the drought-stricken San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday morning may be the beginning of the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Huge lead for Republican in state Senate primary in LA area district

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state assemblyman had a runaway lead and appeared the clear victor over four opponents Tuesday night in a race to replace a state senator who represented a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Drought cuts Silicon Valley allocations

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's largest water provider said it is cutting water allocations due to California's ongoing drought.

March 25, 2014 | | State


Corps backs away from vegetation policy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Government agencies around the country will no longer have to remove trees and other vegetation from levees to qualify for disaster relief funding under a new interim policy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

March 25, 2014 | | State


Transgender rights foes revive ballot fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law.

March 25, 2014 | | State


State sending voter forms to enrollees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state of California has agreed to mail voter registration forms to nearly 4 million people who have signed up for insurance through its health care exchange after a threat of a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Disney buying YouTube video producer for $500M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Storm alert issued in drought- stricken Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters on Monday issued a winter storm watch for parts of drought-stricken California, with as much as two feet of snow expected in the northern Sierra Nevada and western Plumas County.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Drive-by shooting injuries 7 in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police canvassed an area near downtown San Francisco on Monday to see if any surveillance cameras captured a drive-by shooting that wounded seven people.

March 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING SLEEPING BOYFRIEND: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her sleeping boyfriend multiple times after finding him dozing next to her sister in Chula Vista.

March 24, 2014 | | State


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