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Court-order mental health care gets OK in Orange County

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County became the second California county Tuesday to move forward with a law that allows court-ordered treatment of the severely mentally ill even if they don't want it.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Friant Dam water to be tapped for use for first time in decades

FRESNO (AP) - Officials said Tuesday that, for the first time in decades, they plan to tap water stored behind a dam east of Fresno, as they try to help California farmers through the ongoing drought.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Courts charging for online access

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California county has begun charging people to look at civil court records online - part of a trend at cash-strapped courthouses around the state that is raising concerns among some lawyers and public access groups, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Congressional frosh face tough challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elections will never be cakewalks for Rep. Ami Bera. The nearly even split between Democratic and Republican voters in California's 7th Congressional District means the freshman Democrat is likely to confront a strong challenger each two-year election cycle.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Californians to vote on cost of public records

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature had just sealed a $96.3 billion state budget last year when an outcry erupted over a provision that allowed local governments to deny requests for public documents because the state wouldn't reimburse them.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bond would be used to house low-income veterans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.

May 12, 2014 | | State


• SPEED A FACTOR IN OAKLAND CAR CRASH THAT KILLED 2: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Police say speed was a factor that killed two people when their car went through a chain link fence before smashing into trees near a small college.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bill eases licensing rules for illegals

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to get professional licenses in California under a bill moving forward in the statehouse.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Stockton: Final creditor won’t budge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An attorney for the largest city in California to seek bankruptcy protection told a judge Monday that he has tried to reach a deal with Stockton's last major creditor, but the company is not budging.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Democrat Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, whose Appalachian roots have given her a powerful affinity for the plight of the working poor, was sworn in Monday as the 69th speaker of the state Assembly.

May 12, 2014 | | State

State’s new computerized exam for students plagued by glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The trial rollout of California's new standardized exams, administered for the first time on computers, has been plagued by technical glitches, according to a newspaper investigation.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Porsche sued in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

May 12, 2014 | | State

School bus crashes with big rig

FRESNO (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, causing six injuries.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Transparency main focus in race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A string of legal cases against lawmakers that include two Democrats facing political corruption charges has magnified the usually quiet race for the office overseeing California elections and campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2014 | | State

School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.

May 11, 2014 | | State

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El Nino talk: What does it mean?

FRESNO (AP) - Chances are strong that a record-setting El Nino is headed toward California this winter. What is unknown is how it will play out ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Great ferret debate may go on ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The great ferret debate is returning to California.

August 14, 2015 | | State

Family home dodges 2 wildfires

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Days after nearly losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief after learning that firefighters ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Apple more than doubles hiring of women, minorities

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Notorious inmate’s lawyer: Officials knew he was target

SAN QUENTIN (AP) - Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Manhunt target let out of jail over space

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Girl died from stab wounds, asphyxiation

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Sheriff's officials say an 8-year-old Northern California girl who they say was sexually assaulted and killed by a teenage neighbor died ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge jumper evading police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are searching for a woman who emerged from the icy bay water Wednesday morning wearing a soaking wet black dress and ...

August 12, 2015 | | State

150 people evacuated as wind pushes fire

LOWER LAKE (AP) - At least 150 people have been evacuated from their homes as erratic winds Wednesday fanned a wildfire burning through rugged hills in ...

August 12, 2015 | | State

Octopus that’s weirdly social, romantic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that's ...

August 12, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jose Melena was loading tons of tuna into industrial ovens at Bumble Bee Foods when any worker's worst nightmare occurred - he ...

August 12, 2015 | | State

LA covers reservoir with ‘shade balls’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has been blackballed.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Infamous ‘San Quentin Six’ convict killed by fellow inmate

SAN QUENTIN. (AP) - An inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner ...

August 12, 2015 | | State

2 plead guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico by drone

EL CENTRO (AP) - Two California men pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin from Mexico to the United States, authorities ...

August 12, 2015 | | State

Medi-Cal may be on hook for parolee’s sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California paroled a transgender inmate on Wednesday, one day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison ...

August 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | State

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