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California water officials express meager hope

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say February's rain storms pleasantly boosted the state's water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought.

March 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SENTENCED IN BITING OF PARENTS: DALY CITY (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to felony assault in the biting of his parents when they said he couldn't see the family cat.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Drought expected to idle 800,000 acres

SACRAMENTO - The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Brothers convicted of molesting kids they bribed with candy, ice cream

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two Orange County brothers have pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting 3- and 7-year-old neighbor girls who were bribed to keep quiet with candy and ice cream.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Dems scrap affirmative action repeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state's higher education system.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles at 4.4 magnitude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

March 17, 2014 | | State


GOP entrepreneur’s push for ballot measure for $12 minimum wage stalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attempt to persuade California voters this year to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest among states, stalled Monday after its chief supporter announced he was struggling to qualify the proposal for the ballot.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Park officials oppose plan to rename Yosemite peak after John Fremont

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A plan to rename a Yosemite National Park peak after the wife of 19th century explorer John Fremont is running into opposition from the National Park Service, which says it does not support the commemorative naming of landscape features in national parks, a newspaper reported.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate National Recreation Area must upgrade handicapped access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area's Golden Gate National Recreational Area soon will be providing upgraded access for the thousands of visitors each year who have vision and mobility disabilities.

March 17, 2014 | | State


San Diegan chosen as next Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Monday to make San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins its speaker, replacing John Perez.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Police: Texting and marijuana actors in fatal crash

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign disclosure proposal fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short Monday in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, legislation crafted in response to $15 million in anonymous contributions that came in during the final weeks of the 2012 election season.

March 17, 2014 | | State


California chief justice seeks more court money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's court system needs more money if it is going to recover from years of budget cuts that have forced courthouses to close and court employees to take unpaid days off, the state's chief justice said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Tulare police chief arrested, released

TULARE (AP) - The chief of police in the Central California town of Tulare is under arrest.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Man charged in 2 carbon monoxide deaths

TRUCKEE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Truckee-based contractor whose negligence they say produced the carbon monoxide that killed two men at a home north of Lake Tahoe last fall.

March 17, 2014 | | State


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GAS BLAST CLOSES HIGHWAY 99

FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

April 17, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | State


California unemployment down to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Famed French Laundry restaurant kitchen inside shipping containers

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Investigators say identity-theft suspect employed 74 aliases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Sunken WWII aircraft carrier is rediscovered off California coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.

April 17, 2015 | | State


As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

April 16, 2015 | | State


250 native elk die inside fenced area

POINT REYES (AP) - More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Some SF Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Cities: water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.

April 16, 2015 | | State


California’s deadliest roadkill spots

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Ruling on pot classification upsets advocates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Sierra drought keeping several Lake Tahoe boat ramps closed

TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.

April 15, 2015 | | State


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