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Jobless rate at lowest level since 2008

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In one of the strongest signals of a rebounding economy yet, California's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Porterville mayor’s bullying remarks spark angry response

PORTERVILLE (AP) - A Central California mayor's remarks that bullying victims should toughen up and defend themselves has sparked anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Leemore base on track for fighter jets

LEMOORE (AP) - A Central California Navy base is a signature away from becoming home to a new squadron of fighter jets.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Biologists free entangled whale off California coast

MONTEREY (AP) - Marine biologists managed on Thursday to free a humpback whale that had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Jacket with cash returned man

TURLOCK (AP) - A jacket with $3,400 in cash in the pockets has been returned to its rightful owner more than a year after it vanished from a California swap meet.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Budget analyst projects $2.5 billion more in tax revenue than Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Burned body found in San Diego fire

SAN MARCOS (AP) - Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Bill limits full contact high school football drills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Deputy shooting decision may spark violence

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities are preparing for possible protests when a Northern California prosecutor decides whether to criminally charge a sheriff's deputy for the shooting death of an unarmed 13-year-old boy.

May 15, 2014 | | State


10,000 gallons of oil spill on LA streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Republicans for governor clash in debate

ANAHEIM (AP) - Republicans who want Gov. Jerry Brown's job clashed over gun rights and the direction of the GOP in their first and possibly only joint appearance in a low-visibility primary campaign.

May 15, 2014 | | State


2013 dog-bite stats include 5,581 postal carriers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Family files $20M suit for fatal LAPD shooting on live television

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his unarmed son fatally shot by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the city Thursday.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Legislature OKs new rainy day ballot plan

SACRAMENTO AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.

May 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROMM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• TRUCK GOES INTO FUNERAL HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a major San Francisco thoroughfare was shut down after a big rig crashed into a funeral home and caught fire.

May 15, 2014 | | State


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Elusive mountain lion captivates Los Angeles then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

April 14, 2015 | | State


NorCal water boards vote on water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Sex-offender limits no longer tied to initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents will have to find a specific link to child victims if they decide to bar sex offender parolees from living near schools and parks, under a new policy issued Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Did officer tamper with corpse?

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A police Medal of Valor winner is under investigation after allegations that he improperly handled the corpse of a man shot by officers - and even joked about tickling his feet.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Gondola would create big ski areas near Tahoe

SQUAW VALLEY. (AP) - A resort operator announced plans Monday to build a high-speed gondola connecting two Lake Tahoe slopes and creating one of the largest ski areas in the country.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Abalone diving off coast proves deadly again

CASPAR (AP) - Diving for abalone can be a dangerous sport, but that doesn't deter the thousands of people who trek to the northern California coastlines each season to take a stab at getting some of the prized mollusks.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Honey oil explosion burns 5, blasts roof

REDDING (AP) - Five people in Northern California suffered serious burns when an explosion blew apart the garage where authorities say the group was cooking concentrated marijuana honey oil with butane.

April 13, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SEARCH RESUMES FOR MOTORCYCLIST WHO FLEW OVER ANTIOCH BRIDGE: ANTIOCH (AP) - The search resumed Monday for a motorcyclist who was thrown into the San Joaquin River after colliding with a car on the Antioch Bridge.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Massive district cuts water deliveries 15%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's largest water wholesalers moved forward Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Ex-NFL running back suspected of murdering prison cellmate

FRESNO (AP) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Audit finds problems in pipe oversight after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Firm seeks to build world’s largest surfboard

HUNNINGTON BEACH (AP) - A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world's largest surfboard.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Drought improves Lake Tahoe’s clarity

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Lake Tahoe's clarity improved again in 2014, and the drought was a factor why, researchers said.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Clorox apologizes for ‘emojis’ tweet

OAKLAND (AP) - Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after the household products company sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach" in reference to last week's introduction of new "emoji" cartoons for iPhones that include several faces of people with black and brown skin.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Clinton kicks off campaign online

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans.

April 12, 2015 | | State


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