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Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State

Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State

Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State

Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State

USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State

Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State

Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State

Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State

West Coast seaports reopen for day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

February 13, 2015 | | State


TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State

Even bigger longer droughts for West?

SAN JOSE (AP) - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming - and they're bound to last for decades.

February 12, 2015 | | State

High-speed falls behind buying land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is as much as a year behind schedule in buying the land needed to start construction on the first 29-mile stretch in the Central Valley, rail officials say.

February 12, 2015 | | State

Los Angeles officer who saw replica gun shoots teen in back

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State

California falling 400,000 plus short of health care sign-up goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, but state officials hope to make up much of the difference this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | | State

Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant’s gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

February 12, 2015 | | State

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Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals ...

October 19, 2016 | | State operators seek to drop pimp charges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The operators of an international website that advertises escort services asked a California judge Wednesday to throw out charges against them of pimping ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


ANAHEIM (AP) - "The Twilight Zone" is ceding way to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Disneyland's popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Two slain police officers remembered

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Mom’s friend named as suspect in Sacramento triple homicide

SACRAMENTO AP) - A family friend is suspected in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons, Sacramento police said Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | | State

Coronado Bridge safety at issue after deadly pickup plunge

SAN DIEGO (AP) - People living near the Coronado Bridge called Tuesday for new safety measures after a suspected drunken driver plunged off the San Diego ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Man dies after stepping off RV ladder on Interstate 5

SOLANA BEACH (AP) - Authorities say a man has died after stepping off the back of an RV ladder on a California freeway.

October 18, 2016 | | State

‘Played the fool’: Several car owners slam VW emissions deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the ...

October 18, 2016 | | State


VALLEJO (AP) - A man wearing body armor pointed an assault rifle at two police officers in a California Starbucks, only to have the weapon malfunction ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Netflix tests limits of price increases for original shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is testing the financial limits of its streaming video service as the rising cost of producing original programming pushes up subscription ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Policing leader apologizes for historical racial abuse

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The president of one of the largest police organizations in the United States on Monday apologized for historical mistreatment of minorities, calling ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

People found dead were pastor, 2 grandsons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A pastor and her two grandsons were identified Monday as the three people found dead Saturday with traumatic injuries in a housing complex ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Truck plunges off San Diego bridge, killing 4 in crowd

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A member of the U.S. Navy was arrested after the pickup truck he was driving plunged off a San Diego bridge ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

Golden Gate Bridge to hire more officers to prevent suicides

SAN RAFAEL. (AP) - Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge specifically to search for people looking to jump to their ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

Measure extends ‘temporary’ state tax for 12 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - When Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies urged voters to adopt a temporary income tax on the wealthiest Californians and a statewide ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

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