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Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


California reports whooping-cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco thrilled to be in Olympics hunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is thrilled that his city is one of four U.S. cities still in the running to possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Janitor accused of recording women

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a janitor for a contract cleaning company has been arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women in a restroom at Anaheim City Hall.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Ethics expert hired after high school scandals

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has hired an ethics consultant to work at a high school where some students allegedly hacked into computers and others held a controversial "prom draft."

June 13, 2014 | | State


Man freed in jury mistake killed hour later

FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Brown, lawmakers face budget deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman dies in overgrown yard

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Brain-dead girl on ventilator getting diploma

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Democrats replace ‘spend’ with ‘invest’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Groups allege abuse of child immigrants by border staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.

June 11, 2014 | | State


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Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Student attacked by guard sues district

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland High School student who was dumped out of his wheelchair by a campus security guard has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Neighbor says parrot cursing in Spanish

TRACY (AP) - A parrot in Tracy that can bark like a dog, meow like a cat, whir like a drill and who whistles to passers-by is upsetting his neighbors because the bird also curses in Spanish.

May 15, 2015 | | State


School spending boost, tax credit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor.

May 14, 2015 | | State


$2.2B in drought spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing spending an additional $2.2 billion for programs he says will help the state deal with its punishing drought by conserving water, responding to emergency conditions and expanding local water supplies.

May 14, 2015 | | State


In-state UC tuition won’t rise for for 2 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California residents would not pay more as University of California undergraduates for at least the next two years under an agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano.

May 14, 2015 | | State


Rep. Sanchez enters Senate race

SANTA ANA (AP) - California Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting up a multimillion-dollar clash of two prominent Democrats that will highlight the state's diversity and divisions.

May 14, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

UC DAVIS ROLLS OUT PUBLIC SAFETY MOBILE APP FOR STUDENTS: DAVIS. (AP) - University of California at Davis officials have rolled out a new mobile phone application they hope will provide an extra layer of security for students.

May 14, 2015 | | State


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