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Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Defense attorney: Merced DA’s son is innocent

MERCED (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.

July 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS PUT $15 WAGE ON BALLOT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

July 29, 2014 | | State


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California passes ‘yes means yes’ bill for sex on campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Feds: Balance struck in Rim Fire logging plan

SONORA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Farm worker challenges No. 2 Republican

WASCO (AP) - Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"

August 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETS MORE WAVES AS STORM EASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Suit targets soccer concussions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


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