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State gets 2 years to cut prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in a long-running lawsuit aimed at improving inmate medical care.

February 10, 2014 | | State


‘‘Dumb Starbucks’ in Los Angeles offering free drinks tied to comedy duo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall.

February 10, 2014 | | State


Health exchange call centers expanding

FRESNO (AP) - The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday that he is hiring 400 call-center workers, many in Fresno, with the goal of alleviating telephone backlogs that have frustrated those applying for health care.

February 10, 2014 | | State


Stockton police shoot, kill suspect with bayonet

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say an officer shot and killed a 45-year-old domestic violence suspect who refused to drop a bayonet.

February 10, 2014 | | State


Google subsidiary to run Moffett Federal Airfield

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A Google subsidiary has been picked to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the company's top executives.

February 10, 2014 | | State


Chefs plead guilty to serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed.

February 10, 2014 | | State


Man kills suspect in home invasion robbery

HAYWARD (AP) - Police say the San Francisco Bay Area homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery knew the suspect.

February 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

uEXPLOSIVES FOUND IN HOME WHERE MAN LOST HAND: REDDING (AP) - Shasta County's sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and that authorities still want neighbors within a 1,000-foot radius to evacuate.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Covered California removes web doctor directory again

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange pulled its online doctor directory again after some physicians were wrongly listed as accepting patients' coverage plans, spurring a blame game between insurers and providers.

February 09, 2014 | | State


About ‘working’ companion dogs

DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...

February 09, 2014 | Didi mcelroy | State


‘Covered California planning for budget deficit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Storm brings snow, rain but still way too little

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Inland Empire draws LA residents despite lack of jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Rain reveals leaks on new Bay Bridge section

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While the weekend rain was a welcome sight in many parts of drought-hit Northern California, California transportation officials said the moisture reached a place it shouldn't have - inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Man taking photo in tree gets electrocuted, killed

TUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted and killed while perched in a tree to shoot a photograph of the sunset.

February 09, 2014 | | State


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Smartphone thefts drop after introduction of cell kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kill switches on cellphones essentially render the device a paper weight when stolen.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California on Wednesday warned Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters that they may have been exposed to measles.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Groups target greyhound tracks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Parolee charged in LA deaths of 2 women, toddler

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A parolee charged with raping a Los Angeles teen and trying to set her ablaze has been indicted on three counts of murder.

February 10, 2015 | | State


PG&E wants ratepayers to pay bill for $653M in car chargers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's biggest utility wants to install 25,000 electric car charging stations across Northern and Central California and have customers foot the bill.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Google donates $1M to historic Lick Observatory

SAN JOSE, (AP) - Google has donated $1 million to a 125-year-old research observatory located east of San Jose.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Apple building big solar energy project

CIPERTINO (AP) - Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Democrats: Cut gas use in half by 2030

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Democrats embraced new climate change goals Tuesday by adopting Gov. Jerry Brown's call to increase the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years and adding their own initiatives.

February 10, 2015 | | State


High-speed rail foes argue state environmental law applies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's high-speed rail project have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal agency's ruling that says U.S. environmental law trumps the state's environmental law, which opponents have previously used to try to stall construction.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Gunman shot after carjacking & wild pursuit

MONTEBELLO (AP) - A gunman leading police on a wild chase east of Los Angeles smashed into cars, veered into oncoming traffic, stole a vehicle at gunpoint and ran down a crowded street before officers shot and wounded him.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Ex-school official gets 10 years for sex abuse

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A onetime California school official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two women when they were her students, including a woman who confronted her in a phone call that went viral on YouTube.

February 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WATER MANAGER FACES DISCIPLINE FOR URINATING IN RESERVOIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A water manager is facing discipline after he was caught urinating in an empty reservoir that supplies drinking water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 09, 2015 | | State


Oldest survivor of USS Arizona attack dies

YUBA CITY (AP) - The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100.

February 09, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars drought dry eastern Sierra

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono Conty (AP) - Four firefighters were injured battling a wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and destroyed 40 homes in an area that could see more wildfires as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

February 09, 2015 | | State


California pledges changes in protecting underground water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oilfield wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said Monday.

February 09, 2015 | | State


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