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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Falling tree branch kills Chico student

CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Closure to complicate Bay Area commute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fast-food strikes taking place today

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Demos bicker over inmate count reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.

August 28, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves foam food container ban

SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


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Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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