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Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Brown wants court rulings overturned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Sacramento clerk rejects challenge to NBA arena

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The city clerk rejected a ballot measure Friday that would have let Sacramento voters decide whether public subsidies can help build a $448 million downtown arena intended as the future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Teacher arrested over potluck's pot-laced food

BENECIA (AP) - A Bay Area elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly serving marijuana-laced food to her colleagues at a potluck dinner without their knowledge.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Nearly 700 pounds of cocaine found in compact vehicle

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - Border Patrol agents say they've found nearly 700 pounds of cocaine stuffed into the trunk and back seat of a compact car at a Southern California checkpoint.

January 24, 2014 | | State


California air pollution drops over past decade

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While overall air quality in California has improved significantly over the past decade, about a third of the population lives where pollution is in excess of federal health standards, according to state officials.

January 24, 2014 | | State


No charges in shooting of teen who attacked scout

TORRANCE (AP) - No criminal charges were filed against a Southern California man who shot and killed a 19-year-old man he claimed attacked a Boy Scout, but the investigation continued, authorities said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | State


California health exchange criticized for Latino sign-ups

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After celebrating its enrollment numbers earlier this week, California's health-insurance exchange came under heavy criticism Thursday for its lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left untold numbers of consumers in limbo.

January 23, 2014 | | State


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Trendy creation: Pop Tart doughnut

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling.

March 18, 2015 | | State


SF mayor eyes firing over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco said Tuesday that four police officers under investigation in the sending of racist and homophobic texts will be fired if the probe determines they sent the messages.

March 17, 2015 | | State


CALIFORNIA RAMPS UP RESTRICTIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Murder-suicide among the vines

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A winery owner chased an investor through a Northern California vineyard and shot him in the head at close range as police approached before leading them on a short chase that ended with his apparent suicide, authorities said Tuesday.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Coffee and code: Software giant opens Silicon Valley cafe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Adobe 1Q profit jumps as it adds subscribers

SAN JOSE (AP) - Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday reported that its first-quarter profit rose 80 percent as more subscribers signed up for its newer cloud products.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Is paying by Facebook best way?

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's Messenger app will soon let you send your friends money, the latest in a crowded field of services aimed at an increasingly wireless and cashless generation.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese

NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

March 17, 2015 | | State


As Fed weighs a rate hike, US economy is looking a bit paler

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the Federal Reserve seems to be inching toward an interest rate hike because of the strengthening U.S. job market, its task is getting more complicated:

March 17, 2015 | | State


Oracle says 3Q cloud & software sales got stronger

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shares of Oracle Corp. edged higher in aftermarket trading Tuesday after the company said its software and cloud businesses gained strength in its fiscal third quarter.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Retiree health plan could cost more

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for state workers to contribute half the cost of their retirement health benefits could end up costing taxpayers more if California raises salaries, according to an independent budget analyst Monday.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Big-rig slams into strip mall, driver killed

PITTSBURG (AP) - A big-rig driver was killed and two businesses were badly damaged after the driver's truck slammed into a strip mall.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Sierra-at-Tahoe suspends skiing due to drought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A ski resort south of Lake Tahoe has suspended its winter operations due to a lack of snow and could end up closing the rest of the season for the earliest time in about 40 years.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Righting 125-year-old wrong

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court righted what it called a "grievous wrong" on Monday, posthumously granting a law license to a Chinese immigrant whose application 125 years ago was denied solely because of his race.

March 16, 2015 | | State


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