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D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Around the State

POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would reinstate mandates that police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK 4.5% state worker raises

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rebounding state revenue bolstered by temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union.

July 05, 2013 | | State


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Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

IRVINE (AP) - Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

March 03, 2015 | | State


California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

FRESNO (AP) - A dozen wells used to pump oil-and-gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking-water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | State


State sues Gallo over hazardous wine bottle waste

MODESTO (AP) - California's Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Beachgoers toss ‘hail’ snowballs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" turned white with hail as a storm roared ashore Monday behind a late-season winter blast that dropped snow and rain across the drought-stricken region this weekend.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in financial limbo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.

March 02, 2015 | | State


LA police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


California to supply just 20% of water

FRESNO (AP) - Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


4 people killed, 4 others injured in Santa Cruz crash

FREEDOM (AP) - A head-on crash has left four people dead and four others seriously injured when a car packed with teens collided with a pickup truck in rural Santa Cruz County

March 02, 2015 | | State


Well-liked photo teacher found dead in classroom

PLACENTIA (AP) - A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Storms add just 1 percent to state’s snowpack

TRUCKEE (AP) - Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Pit bull badly mauls woman in Pinole

PINOLE (AP) - A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

March 02, 2015 | | State


San Jose: Competition where being blind is cool

SAN JOSE – The order of the day was competition, but the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday was as much about camaraderie, coolness and compassion.

March 01, 2015 | | State


Some farmers to go without federal water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Nearly 16 tons of marijuana seized at California border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Agents at a Southern California border crossing have seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Federal court rejects challenge to micro-stamping gun safety law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

February 27, 2015 | | State


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