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SERRA: SAINT OR SINNER?

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.

February 08, 2015 | | State


She worries dog has a screw loose

DEAR DIDI: I am terribly confused about my dog's intentions. He is a German Shepherd mix and is 1.5 years old. He always seems very happy with his tail wagging yet he got into a fight at the dog park for the first time this past week. Luckily, no one was hurt but we were completely taken by surprise. He was wagging and looked happy, then lashed out at the dog he was meeting. Does this mean he has a screw loose? -Scared Doggy Mommy

February 08, 2015 | Didi McElroy | State


Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Drought sends California skiers packing

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.

February 08, 2015 | | State


SpaceX calls off launch of weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Whooping cough outbreak raises vaccine concerns

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars eastern Sierra towns

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Suspect shot after chase from Stockton to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Brown seeks taxes for fixing roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Worst of storm appears to be over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Oil fracking puts environmentalists & Brown at odds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.

February 06, 2015 | | State


UC system to require measles shots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday.

February 06, 2015 | | State


TB exposure for 16 people at high school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sixteen people at a Northern California high school have tested positive for tuberculosis exposure after a student was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

February 06, 2015 | | State


Storm hits slams Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A storm sweeping down the West Coast pelted parts of the San Francisco Bay Area with much-needed rain Friday, triggered flooding that swamped several homes in Washington state, and unleashed hurricane-force winds in Nevada.

February 06, 2015 | | State


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California attorney general foes spar

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has become the face of the state's resistance to President Donald Trump, challenging the Republican administration's ...

March 04, 2018 | | State


Friends defend couple charged with child abuse

JOSHUA TREE (AP) - A Southern California couple charged with child abuse was extremely poor and too proud to accept charity, but they were attentive parents ...

March 04, 2018 | | State


Hiker found after 6 days missing in Yosemite

YOSEMITE, Calif. (AP) - A well-prepared California hiker missing for six days in the icy backcountry of Yosemite National Park was found in good health after ...

February 25, 2018 | | State


Tribes cut out of California pot market might grow their own on reservations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California's legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going ...

February 25, 2018 | | State


San Diego may decide to close the book on library fines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego may decide to join several other U.S. cities in closing the book on library fines.

February 25, 2018 | | State


State Democrats won’t endorse Feinstein

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein failed to win the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party as she seeks her fifth term ...

February 25, 2018 | | State


Deportations targeting more people with no crime records

SAN DIEGO (AP) - People arrested by deportation officers increasingly have no criminal backgrounds, according to figures released Friday, reflecting the Trump administration's commitment to ...

February 23, 2018 | | State


US sailor hit by helicopter blade in critical condition

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military says a sailor was hit by a helicopter rotor blade at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, north of San Diego.

February 23, 2018 | | State


Judge: Kern County’s redistricting diluted vote of Latinos

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Election districts for the board of supervisors in a Central California county illegally dilute the voting power of Latinos and deprive them of ...

February 23, 2018 | | State


Balancing act for harassment discipline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Sen. Tony Mendoza's resignation this week spared his fellow lawmakers from a difficult decision about appropriate punishment after an investigation found ...

February 23, 2018 | | State


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