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State mandates low-water lawns on renovated, new homes & buildings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Federal agencies defend response to SoCal oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Competency trial for 2012 mass shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.

May 29, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | State


Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


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California’s largest lake threatened

SALTON CITY (AP) - Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on ...

June 03, 2015 | | State


California lawmakers advance aggressive climate change plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use ...

June 03, 2015 | | State


Trees being razed ion ritz Oakland Hills

OAKLAND (AP) - City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over ...

June 03, 2015 | | State


Google defends accident records of self-driving cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because ...

June 03, 2015 | | State


Texas man dies abalone diving in Tomales Bay

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Texas man has become the sixth fatality this year tied to abalone diving off the Northern California coast.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Bay Bridge steel to become public art

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Bridge has connected Oakland and San Francisco and been part of the Bay Area skyline for almost 80 years.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting tonight

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting tonight at 7 o'clock at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on ...

June 03, 2015 | | State


Delta farmers avoid water-sucking crops

STOCKTON (AP) - Dozens of California farmers aiming to meet voluntary water conservation targets submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty ...

June 02, 2015 | | State


$4 million fire-prevention grant ignites passions in Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - A $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills has ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly ...

June 02, 2015 | | State


‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star signing bottles Saturday

LODI - Join Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville at Lodi Vintners for the release of her 2013 Unfiltered Blonde Chardonnay, Saturday, June , from noon ...

June 02, 2015 | | State


California considers health coverage for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children ...

June 02, 2015 | | State


California Senate OKs scaled- down travel disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California state senators on Monday advanced a scaled-down version of a political ethics bill after the initial proposal was vetoed by Gov. Jerry ...

June 01, 2015 | | State


Suspects nearly run down San Jose officer

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A man and woman are facing charges after police say they tried to run over an officer and damaged a police car.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill seeks to dilute power of CPUC president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Powers wielded by the president of the state's top utility regulator would be diluted under a bill moving through the California Legislature.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill: Cheerleading would be sport

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would recognize competitive cheerleading as a high school sport under pending legislation.

June 01, 2015 | | State


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