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State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State


California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Abort! Airliner nearly lands on other SF planes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pilot of an Air Canada plane carrying 140 passengers made a last-minute maneuver to avoid landing on a taxiway at San ...

July 11, 2017 | | State


Deal updates cap/trade makes tax, fee changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation to renew California's cap-and-trade program through 2030 and boost local monitoring of air quality are expected to be up for hearings ...

July 11, 2017 | | State


NorCal: Hell and high water

OROVILLE . (AP) - With looming floods and roaring flames, Chuck Wilsey's year sounds more like ancient scripture than modern living in Northern California.

July 10, 2017 | | State


Rescuers robbed at gunpoint trying to reach hiker

TEHACHAPI (AP) - Add armed robbery to the threats facing hikers this year on the Pacific Crest Trail.

July 10, 2017 | | State


Deal struck on plan to extend cap and trade

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have struck a deal to extend California's cap-and-trade program through 2030, but it still needs backing ...

July 10, 2017 | | State


Head of new state tax agency will make $190K

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has named a former chief of staff for the U.S. Small Business Administration to head a newly created California ...

July 10, 2017 | | State


Greta Garbo fortune heiress dies at age 85

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gray Gustafson Reisfield, the sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo's estate and a woman who was a long-time companion to ...

July 10, 2017 | | State


Chocolate milk off the menu at San Francisco’s schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco school kids who learned to live without soda and candy will soon have to give up chocolate milk too.

July 10, 2017 | | State


Surfers paddle out to honor wetsuit pioneer Jack O’Neill

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Thousands of surfers have taken to the waters off California in tribute to wetsuit pioneer Jack O'Neill.

July 10, 2017 | | State


Tesla provides first look at Model 3 sedan

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric automaker Tesla has produced its first Model 3 sedan, a highly anticipated car because it carries a relatively low sticker price.

July 09, 2017 | | State


Power restored after LA outage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Electricity was restored Sunday to tens of thousands of customers who lost service when a power station in suburban Los Angeles caught ...

July 09, 2017 | | State


Thousands flee burning wildfires

SANTA MARIA (AP) - Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S., destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily ...

July 09, 2017 | | State


LA Freedom Sculpture to be unveiled at Fourth of July party

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New York has the Statue of Liberty.

July 04, 2017 | | State


Survivors of California freeway plane crash identified

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities have identified the couple whose small plane crashed and burst into flames on a Southern California freeway.

July 04, 2017 | | State


Governor pushes for cap-and trade deal as deadline looms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is working with lawmakers, business groups and environmentalists to reach a deal on extending cap and trade, California's landmark ...

July 04, 2017 | | State


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