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Making a living driving driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - After a friend recommended that he join a secret Google project six years ago, Brian Torcellini suddenly found himself on the road to an occupational oxymoron. He became a driver in a driverless car.

September 30, 2015 | | State


Google unveils phones with ‘Marshmallow’ flavor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is countering the release of Apple's latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed to steer and document even more of its users' lives.

September 30, 2015 | | State


Tesla’s 1st SUV, the Model X, is finally debuting

FREMONT (AP) - Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has mastered the sporty two-seater and the elegant sedan. Now, it wants to conquer the family hauler.

September 30, 2015 | | State


Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more

SAN JOSE (AP) - Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you're bound to see several with cracked screens.

September 30, 2015 | | State


Reforms: No savings or spike in crime

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Landmark changes in California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of convicts who are quickly back behind bars as proponents had promised, but the changes also did not produce a feared spike in violent crime, an independent research organization said Monday.

September 29, 2015 | | State


Dating apps fire back at LA billboards linking STD spread

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An AIDS health care group is defending an ad campaign in Los Angeles that links popular dating apps with the spread of sexual transmitted diseases.

September 29, 2015 | | State


Prosecutor links figure in Chinatown probe to 2006 slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The government has evidence that a man charged in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown also arranged a 2006 slaying, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

September 28, 2015 | | State


Effort to repeal California vaccine law faces deadline

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Supporters of an effort to repeal California's new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.

September 28, 2015 | | State


Vandals strike after pope canonizes Serra

CARMEL (AP) - Vandals defaced a statue of Father Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission, where the remains of the recently canonized missionary are buried, police said Sunday.

September 27, 2015 | | State


UC Davis treats pets badly burned in two wildfires

DAVIS (AP) - Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery crouched beside the cage of a long-haired, black-and-white cat with blisters and second-degree burns on all four paws. She stroked his head, examined his bandages and adjusted the soft collar around his neck that prevented him from licking his wounds.

September 27, 2015 | | State


Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers in California's Central Valley can proceed with their lawsuit alleging wage theft.

September 27, 2015 | | State


Power company wants ratepayers to pay for fires

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Gas and Electric is seeking authority to bill its customers $379 million for legal settlement costs left over from 2007 wildfires that destroyed 1,300 homes and killed two people.

September 27, 2015 | | State


Murder suspect mistakenly freed found

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton authorities have arrested an Abbeville man who had been mistakenly released from a Louisiana jail while awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

September 27, 2015 | | State


Modi touts social media, tech

MENLO PARK (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the power of social media and his own goals for developing India's tech economy on Sunday, speaking to a global audience from a "town hall" meeting at the headquarters of the world's largest social network.

September 27, 2015 | | State


Unlicensed worker did surgeries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A physician assistant who wasn't licensed or trained to perform surgery operated on hundreds of patients while the orthopedic surgeon who billed for the procedures schemed with colleagues to hide a massive insurance fraud conspiracy, Los Angeles prosecutors said.

September 25, 2015 | | State


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Truckee climbers buy rock wall to preserve as trust

TRUCKEE (AP) - A group of California rock climbers have purchased a wall at Donner Summit to preserve it as a land trust.

December 15, 2015 | | State


‘Star Wars’ premiere crowd cheers for familiar faces

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The VIP audience at "The Force Awakens" world premiere began cheering from the moment the movie's first words appeared on screen ...

December 15, 2015 | | State


Father of girl declared brain-dead sues hospital

OAKLAND (AP) - The biological father of a girl who remains on a ventilator to keep her heart beating after she was declared brain-dead nearly two ...

December 15, 2015 | | State


Anti-Muslim hate crimes investigated

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A 40-year-old Southern California man accused of pulling a knife and threatening a Muslim woman at a car wash in the city ...

December 15, 2015 | | State


LIVING NEAR SCHOOLS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three-quarters of paroled sex offenders in California who were previously banned from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate now ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Microsoft picks Manteca teacher to serve an innovative educator

Manteca Unified School District teacher Tammy Brecht Dunbar was selected to be a member of the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Regional Lead Program for 2015-2016.

December 14, 2015 | | State


Fatal police shooting in LA suburb was different from others

LYNWOOD (AP) - When deputies confronted a man carrying a handgun in a Los Angeles suburb, the fatal shooting that unfolded was notably different from other ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Senate candidate clarifies comment on Muslims

BUENA PARK (AP) - A California congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate sought Monday to clarify comments she made about Muslims that were condemned by advocacy ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Mental health care would curb violence, some at hearing say

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A gun club owner and a gun dealer are among those telling a congressman Monday that closing loopholes in federal background checks and ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Search for shooters’ hard drive concludes in lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An underwater search for a computer hard drive and anything else linked to the husband-and-wife shooters who killed 14 in the California ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Wife’s role in SoCal attack raises fear of jihad brides

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Pakistani woman's role as a shooter in the San Bernardino massacre is raising fears that foreign-born brides who support the ...

December 14, 2015 | | State


Community leaves fake packages on doorstep for delivery thieves

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A man in one Utah community says his neighbors have begun placing decoy packages on front porches in an effort to ...

December 13, 2015 | | State


‘Horror Show’ actress dies

DENVER (AP) - Rose Siggins, who played a legless character on "American Horror Story: Freak Show," died Saturday in Denver, a representative said.

December 13, 2015 | | State


Make Room for Daddy’ star Marjorie Lord dies at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marjorie Lord, the Broadway and film actress who became a TV star on the sitcom "Make Room For Daddy," has died. She ...

December 13, 2015 | | State


Search for shooters’ hard drive concludes in lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An underwater search for a computer hard drive and anything else linked to the husband-and-wife shooters who killed 14 in the California ...

December 13, 2015 | | State


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