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Redistricting shakes up House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA voters mandate condom use on porn sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Backers of GMO labels look ahead after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists seeking special labels on food made from genetically engineered crops vowed Wednesday to continue their push despite a loss at the California ballot box where they were vastly outspent by biotechnology giants.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

November 07, 2012 | | State


With win, Brown takes next step in pledge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a big step toward delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix the state's perpetual budget deficits and to raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters split: Keep death penalty but pare back Three Strikes offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters appeared to be of two minds on criminal justice issues put to them on this year's ballot.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Guadalupe voters nix changing city name

GUADALUPE (AP) - Residents of Guadalupe have rejected a measure that would have changed the city's name to Guadalupe Beach, although the place is actually five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Unions make statement in defeat of Prop. 32

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November 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative results

Voters approved five of the 11 statewide ballot propositions in Tuesday's election. The voting breakdown:

November 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain supermajority in California Senate for passing taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday's election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Schools to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Santa Cruz wins free-speech case over Nazi salute

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A federal jury has determined that the rights of a critic of the Santa Cruz City Council were not violated when he was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute.

November 07, 2012 | | State


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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


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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