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California commission says Uber driver is employee, not contractor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ruling in the case of a single Uber driver could have much broader implications for the popular ride-hailing service and for companies like it that rely on workers they see as independent contractors for on-demand services.

June 17, 2015 | | State


Spike in meth seen from Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border officers have seized more methamphetamine in Arizona this fiscal year than they did the entire previous year, continuing an upward trend for the drug that officials say is much easier and cheaper to manufacture in Mexico.

June 16, 2015 | | State


New state budget expands welfare

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | | State


6 killed when balcony collapse during a party

BERKELEY (AP) - A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic early Tuesday when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Woman told to take down her lost dog signs

CLOVIS (AP) - A Clovis woman whose dog has been missing for two months is being told by the city to remove her lost dog signs.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers cut reporting rules for high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure approved by legislative Democrats this week cuts the reporting requirements for the agency that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail program, requiring spending reports to the Legislature every two years instead twice per year, prompting critics to charge that oversight is being scaled back.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Coalition: Farmers illegally taking water

FRESNO (AP) - A group of public water agencies that serves millions of Californians asked the state on Tuesday to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating their crops amid the relentless drought.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Legislature OKs record $117.5 billion budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.

June 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Court rules for city in affordable housing fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Photos aim counter ‘black dog’ theory

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


DRIVER’S LICENSES

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers voting on $117.5B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Giant purple sea slugs slime Bay Area beaches

ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Gun blamed for rise in shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.

June 14, 2015 | | State


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Kidnapping suspect : Victim merits apology

DUBLIN (AP) - The 38-year-old man charged in the kidnapping of a Northern California woman that police initially dismissed as a hoax says his alleged victim ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


SF ballot to include freeze on luxury housing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposal to freeze the construction of luxury housing in a San Francisco neighborhood has qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.

July 17, 2015 | | State


DESTROYS 20 VEHICLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


California jobless rate drops to 6.3%

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped back to 6.3 percent in June after seeing a slight increase in May, the state Employment Development ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


NAACP calls paper’s drawings of Sacramento mayor racist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A weekly newspaper has been criticized for its illustrations of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that civil rights leaders and prominent members of the ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Long Beach opens shelter due to outage

LONG BEACH (AP) - City officials were providing shelter and handing out food, flashlights, ice and water Friday as thousands of Long Beach residents endured a ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Most new California licenses go to drivers in US illegally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a new law went into effect in January, more than half of all new driver's licenses issued in California this ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Survivors of fatal crash involving pizza oven sue

PETALUMA (AP) - Survivors of a crash that left one man dead after a nearly two-ton mobile pizza oven slammed into their vehicle are suing for ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


House passes bill to stem California drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought.

July 16, 2015 | | State


Lawsuit :Schools breaking law in teacher evaluations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The same organization that backed a landmark case on California's teacher tenure laws is funding a lawsuit filed Thursday that takes ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


Thousands in Long Beach still without power for second day

LONG BEACH (AP) - Thousands of Long Beach residents remained without power Thursday and stoplights around downtown were still dark, more than 24 hours after fires ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


California Native American tribe plans resort & winery trigger controversy

WINDSOR (AP) - A casino-owning Native American tribe has plans for housing, a resort and a winery around a small Northern California town, and some locals ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


LA votes for Uber, Lyft pickups

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has moved toward becoming the biggest city in the U.S. to allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


Trump invited to attend San Francisco’s Mexican festival

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mexico's consul general in San Francisco is inviting Donald Trump to attend a festival in the Bay Area next week that ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


California Senate candidate Sanchez trails rival on funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Rep. Loretta Sanchez raised $618,000 in her first six weeks as a U.S. Senate candidate, according to figures released ...

July 16, 2015 | | State


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