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Democratic group runs ads against GOP lawmakers including Denham

WASHINGTON (AP) - An outside Democratic group is airing television ads in 10 Republican-held congressional districts tying lawmakers to the tea party and the ongoing federal government shutdown.

October 09, 2013 | | State


New California law expands who can perform abortions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in California will be allowed to perform a type of early abortion under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, an action that drew condemnation from Catholic bishops and that came as many conservative states are limiting access to abortion services.

October 09, 2013 | | State


Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State


Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


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Cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House passed legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning ...

July 23, 2015 | | State


University of California OKs top execs pay raises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fifteen of the University of California's highest-paid executives are getting a 3 percent raise to keep pace with the cost of ...

July 23, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists decry latest tunnel plan as ‘water grab’

SACRAMENTO - Conservation groups in California warned regulators Wednesday that their rush to approve construction of massive water-diversion tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta violates state ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Special Olympics athletes sleep on gym floor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Crews work to reopen I-10 in desert by Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction crews worked Wednesday in the Southern California desert to fortify a bridge that a surge of floodwater damaged, their goal to ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Woman rescued after being held captive in closet

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities said Wednesday they rescued a human trafficking victim who told police she was kept in a closet and sexually and physically abused ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Water theft case aided by detailed records

MOUNTAIN HOUSE (AP) - California's vast network of reservoirs, canals and rivers is among the world's most engineered water systems, but it is tough ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


LA County moves toward $15 wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


CSU approves 2% pay hike for top administrators

LONG BEACH (AP) - California State University presidents and other executives will receive an across-the-board 2 percent pay increase, a raise faculty union leaders brandished as ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Sex offender held in sex-crime case was on immigration bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An immigrant in the country illegally who is a registered sex offender is charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after being ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


LA County agency, cities settle bias case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County public housing agency and two Mojave Desert cities have reached a $2 million settlement to resolve allegations they ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Cops say suspect in five homicides also killed 2-year-old

MODESTO (AP) - Police said Monday that a suspect in the homicides of five people whose bodies were found in a Modesto home this weekend is ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


State Supreme Court weighs in on marriage separation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California couples thinking about ending their marriage got guidance Monday from the state Supreme Court: They must live in different homes to ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Bill allows firefighters to take out drones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers are taking steps to stop drones from interfering in firefighting efforts after several incidents in California.

July 21, 2015 | | State


Significant SoCal rainfall totals from weekend storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National Weather Service is reporting impressive rainfall totals in Southern California after a weekend of downpours fueled by remnants of former ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


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