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Lawmakers OK highest statewide minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Plan offered to divide funds among victims

SAN BERNARDINO. (AP) - Eighty percent of the nearly $2.5 million donated to the United Way following the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 would go to deceased victims' families under a proposed plan.

March 31, 2016 | | State


San Diego harbor cruise boat hits pier, injuring 7

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego harbor cruise boat crashed into a pier while docking Thursday, injuring seven people and causing significant damage to the bow of the vessel and the busy waterfront walkway, fire officials said.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Last day for hikers at popular Los Angeles trail for months

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles fitness fanatics whose daily routine includes a hike or a run along the Runyon Canyon trail are bracing themselves for a four-month closure of the popular route.

March 31, 2016 | | State


SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base

FRESNO (AP) - A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval base, killing himself and a passenger, authorities said Thursday.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they can't keep their most personal information safe. Meanwhile, Apple remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it's turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop - the drought-stricken American Southwest.

March 28, 2016 | | State


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults on campus following an outcry over what some saw as light-handed discipline of faculty members who sexually harassed students and staff.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring neurotoxin.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major Christian holidays including Easter.

March 25, 2016 | | State


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Atwater special needs student stabbed at school

ATWATER (AP) - A 16-year-old California high school student who is enrolled in a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth was stabbed in the back Wednesday ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


70 YEARS ON THE JOB

BERKELEY (AP) - Talk about a loyal employee: Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same San Francisco Bay Area hospital, and ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


BART, unions reach 4-year contract extension

OAKLAND AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit and three of its major unions reached a four-year contract extension that includes raises and avoids strikes like ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


UK’s Daily Mail in hunt to buy Yahoo

SUNNYVALE (AP) - The owner of Britain's Daily Mail is in early discussions over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

April 10, 2016 | | State


State medical pot czar never smoked marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical marijuana czar says she believes there's a need for weed, although she's never smoked pot herself.

April 10, 2016 | | State


Schools not immune to lead

FRESNO (AP) - Since the beginning of the school year, the drinking fountains have been off limits for students at Foothill Intermediate School.

April 10, 2016 | | State


California protects pay by gender, is race next?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


Immigrant students blocked from enrolling in schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigrant children living in the U.S. without legal status have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


17 lawmakers double dip

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A search of pension system records has found 17 California lawmakers collect government pension checks on top of their monthly salaries, a ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


Swift dominates iHeartRadio Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the second year in a row, the iHeartRadio Awards became the iHeartTaylorSwift show.

April 04, 2016 | | State


California nut farm’s move to Arizona raises water concerns

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts has raised concern about whether it ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


Plane crash kills 1 on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small plane that made headlines when it landed safely on a Southern California freeway years ago crashed on the same stretch ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


Special election to fill Fresno seat in state Assembly

FRESNO (AP) - A physician whose father left the California Legislature six years ago is competing with a Fresno city councilman for a vacant seat in ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


RENT CONTROL SPREADS

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning.

April 03, 2016 | | State


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