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Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Student attacked by guard sues district

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland High School student who was dumped out of his wheelchair by a campus security guard has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Neighbor says parrot cursing in Spanish

TRACY (AP) - A parrot in Tracy that can bark like a dog, meow like a cat, whir like a drill and who whistles to passers-by is upsetting his neighbors because the bird also curses in Spanish.

May 15, 2015 | | State


School spending boost, tax credit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor.

May 14, 2015 | | State


$2.2B in drought spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing spending an additional $2.2 billion for programs he says will help the state deal with its punishing drought by conserving water, responding to emergency conditions and expanding local water supplies.

May 14, 2015 | | State


In-state UC tuition won’t rise for for 2 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California residents would not pay more as University of California undergraduates for at least the next two years under an agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano.

May 14, 2015 | | State


Rep. Sanchez enters Senate race

SANTA ANA (AP) - California Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting up a multimillion-dollar clash of two prominent Democrats that will highlight the state's diversity and divisions.

May 14, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

UC DAVIS ROLLS OUT PUBLIC SAFETY MOBILE APP FOR STUDENTS: DAVIS. (AP) - University of California at Davis officials have rolled out a new mobile phone application they hope will provide an extra layer of security for students.

May 14, 2015 | | State


California Senate approves school immunization bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators passed a bill Thursday aimed at increasing California's school immunization rates after a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year.

May 14, 2015 | | State


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Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Oakland may drop plan to sell land for at-market high-rise housing

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland has paused a plan to sell land for a luxury high-rise in the sparkling Lake Merritt district, possibly killing the idea after ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


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


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