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Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem. I am 60 years old and have just been laid off by my employer. I have few if any prospects of getting another job. I plan to sign up for my Social Security when I am 62. But two of my last five years will have no earnings, thus dramatically lowering my future Social Security benefits. Can I just pay money into the Social Security system for these last two years?

February 12, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | State


Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

February 12, 2016 | | State


WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA (AP) - Where did El Nino go?

February 12, 2016 | | State


Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

February 12, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population.

February 12, 2016 | | State


With FBI ring tightening, last occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Mexico prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.

February 11, 2016 | | State


PROMISES MADE TO VOTERS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time voters were promised when they approved the project, attorneys for a group of landowners opposing the system argued in court Thursday.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Massive gas leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

February 11, 2016 | | State


California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

PACIFICA (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."

February 11, 2016 | | State


Environmentalists sue over cattle at Point Reyes seashore

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore in Marin County.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out its top executive in a closed-door vote and without a clear explanation of why the change was being made.

February 11, 2016 | | State


White worker gets $3.8M in racial bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials have agreed to pay nearly $3.8 million to a former city parks worker who accused a supervisor of discriminating against him because he is white.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement.

February 10, 2016 | | State


Panel denies parole RFK’s assassin

SAN DIEGO (AP) - For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release.

February 10, 2016 | | State


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6-year-old boy dies after refrigerator falls on him

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 6-year-old Southern California boy has died of injuries after a refrigerator fell onto him from a pickup truck.

June 26, 2016 | | State


3 killed as boat capsizes off Santa Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif. (AP) - A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island on Saturday, killing three ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


Blind dog with oozing sore wins World’s Ugliest Dog contest

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


OAKLAND COAL TERMINAL

OAKLAND (AP) - The promise of good, blue-collar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a ...

June 26, 2016 | | State


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