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California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


LA mayor’s F-bomb blows up worries about bad words in public

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The F-bomb that Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on Los Angeles this week has quickly mushroomed into a conundrum over just what a politician can get away with saying in public these days.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Drought closes Santa Cruz campground

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A popular campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed because a creek is too low to draw water for visitors amid California's lingering drought.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Sea rise means severe Silicon Valley Floods

EAST PALO ALTO - Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. "It was bad enough that you couldn't get out of your driveway," he said.

June 16, 2014 | By NGOC NGUYEN NEW AMERICA MEDIA | State


Care, lost wages for fan could total $37M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco Giants fan gravely disabled after a beating at Dodger Stadium rested their case in a negligence suit Monday after an expert said Bryan Stow's lost wages and medical costs could total more than $37 million over his lifetime.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Cap-trade big boost for high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Meth lab found at retirement community

FRESNO (AP) - Police and residents of a retirement community were stunned that a 64-year-old Northern California man arrested during a traffic stop was accused of cooking methamphetamine inside his apartment at the facility for seniors.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Senate elects LA Demo as next leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday named as its next leader a Los Angeles Democrat who is best known for championing policies benefiting low-wage workers - even after his name surfaced in a federal corruption probe against a fellow state lawmaker.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged revenge porn site operator heads to trial

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has determined prosecutors have enough evidence against the alleged operator of a revenge porn site for him to face trial on conspiracy, identity theft and extortion charges.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Fire burns 3 homes, threatens 1,000 others

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - A smoky mountain wildfire destroyed three houses and threatened 1,000 others despite progress Monday clearing fire lines west of a California lake near Bakersfield, officials said.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Thousands of mail-in ballots too late to count

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of mail-in ballots are being invalidated in California elections because they arrive too late to be counted, government officials and political experts said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Slain teen: Pasadena pays $1M to parents

PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena will pay a little over $1 million in settlement agreements with the parents of Kendrec McDade, a young man who was killed by police in March 2012.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Airbnb allowing landlords get around San Francisco rental laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco's already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | | State


SF ups campaign to win Lucas museum against Chicago, LA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco politicians and property groups are rolling out the welcome mat for George Lucas' collection of American art and movie memorabilia in an effort to keep the "Star Wars" creator from building his proposed museum to Chicago or Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | 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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