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CRITICS TAKE AIM AT NESTLE BOTTLED WATER PLANT IN SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plant that bottles Sacramento municipal water and sells it at a profit has been the target of criticism during the California drought.

April 27, 2015 | | State


Spring storm drops late rain and snow

YOSEMITE NAIONAL PARK (AP) - A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Effort to restore San Joaquin River endures during drought

FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Graffiti-scarred landmark is restored

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Former GOP chair enters Senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.

April 26, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Court keeps sex offender registration ruling intact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.

April 24, 2015 | | State


Residents call 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower ‘overboard’

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.

April 24, 2015 | | State


SFPD to pay $725K for termination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.

April 24, 2015 | | State


Group seeking topless Venice Beach sunbathing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.

April 24, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

April 24, 2015 | | State


STATE CUTS OFF WATER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.

April 23, 2015 | | State


High murder rate for state inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Hundreds honor Chavez’s Navy service

KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.

April 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.

April 23, 2015 | | State


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Twitter founder feeling ‘Super’ as he heads in new direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Biz Stone knows abandoning a struggling project to try something else can be a smart move. After all, he was part of a team that dumped the seldom-heard podcasting service Odeo nearly a decade ago to work on a new idea called Twitter that transformed how people communicate and made him a multimillionaire.

May 13, 2015 | | State


$4M to study new Bay Bridge issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel overseeing a new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge approved spending up to $4 million to study the latest problems discovered with the structure.

May 12, 2015 | | State


More Hispanics speak proficient English

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | | State


San Jose water company imposes mandatory limits

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose businesses and residents will soon have to restrict their water use or face fines, as the city becomes one of the largest in the state to impose strict water-use limits amid California's ongoing drought.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Surfer learns not to get between a momma gray whale and baby

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A Southern California surfer has learned the hard way not to come between a momma gray whale and her baby.

May 12, 2015 | | State


3 killed in wrong-way crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says three people died when a driver going the wrong-way on a Sacramento highway slammed into another vehicle.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Pen pals meet after almost 40 years of correspondence

LIVERMORE (AP) - Lanor Smith of Livermore and Heather Downey of Australia have finally met face-to-face after almost 40 years of only communicating through letters, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Prosecutors: Man killed first wife, tried to kill second

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise tried to hire two inmates to kill another ex-wife, prosecutors in California said.

May 12, 2015 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.

May 11, 2015 | | State


4-year-old jumps from car in Stockton carjacking

STOCKTON (AP) - A frightened 4-year-old boy escaped with cuts and scrapes after he got out of his car seat and jumped from a moving car during a carjacking, police said Monday.

May 11, 2015 | | State


San Francisco commuters snub public transit for $6 bus ride

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft is offering a new way to get to work: fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who deliver snacks.

May 11, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

13-YEAR-OLD CRASHES, DIES DURING DRIVING LESSON: WOODLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old boy receiving a driving lesson from his father was killed when the vehicle struck a drainage ditch.

May 11, 2015 | | State


WSU scientists prefer screw tops over corks for fine wine

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - They don't stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University.

May 10, 2015 | | State


Brown ups school spending amid surplus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.

May 10, 2015 | | State


Bottled-water grows despite drought

REDDING (AP) - A new Crystal Geyser Water Co. plant opening at the foot of Mount Shasta is adding to criticism of companies that are bottling water in California's drought.

May 10, 2015 | | State


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