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Family home dodges 2 wildfires

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Days after nearly losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief after learning that firefighters and a firebreak cleared by her husband had saved it from a second blaze.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Apple more than doubles hiring of women, minorities

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Notorious inmate’s lawyer: Officials knew he was target

SAN QUENTIN (AP) - Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California's prison isolation units partly for his own protection. Just days after he was moved into the general prison population, fellow inmates stabbed him to death in an exercise yard.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Manhunt target let out of jail over space

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due to lack of bed space.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Girl died from stab wounds, asphyxiation

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Sheriff's officials say an 8-year-old Northern California girl who they say was sexually assaulted and killed by a teenage neighbor died of asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge jumper evading police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are searching for a woman who emerged from the icy bay water Wednesday morning wearing a soaking wet black dress and no shoes after she either jumped or fell from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge trying to evade police in a stolen car.

August 12, 2015 | | State

150 people evacuated as wind pushes fire

LOWER LAKE (AP) - At least 150 people have been evacuated from their homes as erratic winds Wednesday fanned a wildfire burning through rugged hills in Northern California and pushed the flames across two counties.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Octopus that’s weirdly social, romantic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that's even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

August 12, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jose Melena was loading tons of tuna into industrial ovens at Bumble Bee Foods when any worker's worst nightmare occurred - he got trapped inside and the massive pressure cooker was turned on.

August 12, 2015 | | State

LA covers reservoir with ‘shade balls’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has been blackballed.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Infamous ‘San Quentin Six’ convict killed by fellow inmate

SAN QUENTIN. (AP) - An inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner, corrections officials said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

2 plead guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico by drone

EL CENTRO (AP) - Two California men pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin from Mexico to the United States, authorities said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Medi-Cal may be on hook for parolee’s sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California paroled a transgender inmate on Wednesday, one day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison system to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

August 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | State

State: Sell even more miserly showerheads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials launched two initiatives Wednesday to boost residential water conservation: The nation's toughest water efficiency standards for showerheads and a $30 million rebate program to rip out grass lawns and replace old toilets.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Food banks, pantries find ways to feed more people

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charles Scott is shopping for groceries at a Philadelphia food pantry, busily clicking away at a computer to select his choices of onions, tomatoes and frozen corn.

August 11, 2015 | | State

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Making a living driving driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - After a friend recommended that he join a secret Google project six years ago, Brian Torcellini suddenly found himself on the road ...

September 30, 2015 | | State

Google unveils phones with ‘Marshmallow’ flavor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is countering the release of Apple's latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed ...

September 30, 2015 | | State

Tesla’s 1st SUV, the Model X, is finally debuting

FREMONT (AP) - Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has mastered the sporty two-seater and the elegant sedan. Now, it wants to conquer the family hauler.

September 30, 2015 | | State

Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more

SAN JOSE (AP) - Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you're bound to see several with cracked screens.

September 30, 2015 | | State

Reforms: No savings or spike in crime

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Landmark changes in California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of convicts ...

September 29, 2015 | | State

Dating apps fire back at LA billboards linking STD spread

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An AIDS health care group is defending an ad campaign in Los Angeles that links popular dating apps with the spread of ...

September 29, 2015 | | State

Prosecutor links figure in Chinatown probe to 2006 slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The government has evidence that a man charged in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown also ...

September 28, 2015 | | State

Effort to repeal California vaccine law faces deadline

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Supporters of an effort to repeal California's new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough ...

September 28, 2015 | | State

Vandals strike after pope canonizes Serra

CARMEL (AP) - Vandals defaced a statue of Father Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission, where the remains of the recently canonized missionary are buried, police ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

UC Davis treats pets badly burned in two wildfires

DAVIS (AP) - Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery crouched beside the cage of a long-haired, black-and-white cat with blisters and second-degree burns on all four paws. She stroked ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Power company wants ratepayers to pay for fires

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Gas and Electric is seeking authority to bill its customers $379 million for legal settlement costs left over from 2007 ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Murder suspect mistakenly freed found

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton authorities have arrested an Abbeville man who had been mistakenly released from a Louisiana jail while awaiting trial on a first-degree murder ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Modi touts social media, tech

MENLO PARK (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the power of social media and his own goals for developing India's tech economy on ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

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