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SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Army major gets medal for saving man

ORINDA (AP) - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

September 05, 2014 | | State

CSU Northridge finds hazing in hiking death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hazing was involved in the death of a California State University, Northridge, student who collapsed during an 18-mile fraternity pledge hike, the school's president announced Friday.

September 05, 2014 | | State


QUAKE QUIRK: WATER FLOWING IN CREEKS: NAPA (AP) - Last month's earthquake in California's wine country has residents marveling at the sight and sound of water running in some local creeks again.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Quake moved fault 18 inches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center said Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Wildlife groups sue feds over Rim Fire logging

FRESNO (AP) - Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Thursday against a federal agency, saying it aims to protect the California spotted owl living in the burned forests marked for logging after the third-largest wildfire in state history.

September 04, 2014 | | State

10 arrested in Los Angeles fast- food wage protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested demonstrators who blocked a downtown street near a McDonald's restaurant to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Albino cobra captured SoCal

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Brown maintains big lead over challenger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Comedian Joan Rivers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Tech IDs troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Five high school students sickened by pot brownies

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Brown, Kashkari debate tonight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.

September 03, 2014 | | State

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Seasonal workers flock to California to process marijuana

WILLITS (AP) - The annual march of migrant marijuana workers throughout California's pot-rich North Coast is in full swing but, like the pot industry itself ...

November 22, 2015 | | State

Whale-watchers on lookout for entangled humpback

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California whale watchers are on the lookout for a humpback entangled in netting and what looks to be a buoy.

November 22, 2015 | | State

Woman waved knife and whip at neighbors

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a 23-year-old woman was arrested at an apartment complex, where residents claim she terrorized them with a whip ...

November 22, 2015 | | State

Coach’s journey to the 50-yard line

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - When Joe Kennedy arrived at the Flying H Youth Ranch for troubled boys, he was mad at the world.

November 20, 2015 | | State

High school Sex Ed teaching ‘Yes means yes’ rape prevention

BELMONT (AP) - This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Group collects signatures in bid to end death penalty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Death penalty opponents led by former "M-A-S-H" star Mike Farrell can begin collecting signatures for their latest attempt to repeal the ultimate penalty ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Cash for grass: Not bet bang for buck?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Turf removal rebates rewarding Los Angeles property owners for tearing out their lawns saved less water per dollar than other conservation measures ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Trial of ‘Shield’ actor will include talk of wife’s affair

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of an actor known for his role on "The Shield" was having an affair before she was fatally shot by ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Tesla recalling all Model S sedans

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors is recalling its entire fleet of Model S sedans to check their front seat belts after one passenger's seat belt ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Facebook tries to ease heartache of breakups

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up.

November 19, 2015 | | State

Officer killed during botched robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California police officer was shot to death in his own car as he was getting off work in what investigators said ...

November 19, 2015 | | State

Two in sex triangle get life for killing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two members of a sadomasochistic sex triangle were sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for murdering the wife of a ...

November 19, 2015 | | State

Human-bear incidents reach record low

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bears in Yosemite National Park are behaving better than they have in 40 years.

November 19, 2015 | | State

California: $12B rainy day fund?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could end fiscal 2016 with nearly $12 billion in its rainy day fund if the state's economic recovery continues and lawmakers ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

Judge: Divorced couple’s embryos can be discarded

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

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