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Regulators weigh splitting up PG&E after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill sparks acidic debate

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.

April 10, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSDS CALIFORNIA

BAKERSFIELD MAN HELD AFTER LITTLE BOY SLAPPED ON VIDEO: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Biden praises PG&E for its workforce training program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.

April 10, 2015 | | State


New water-efficiency standards for faucets

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PG&E won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Feds investigate 2 freeway pipe bombs

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.

April 09, 2015 | | State


FIRING AMERICANS?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Probe ordered into deputies’ beating of fleeing horseman

HESPERIA (AP) - A Southern California sheriff on Thursday ordered an immediate investigation after deputies were recorded beating and kicking a man who fled in a car and on horseback.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Dozens of intruders have breached state airport fences

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is far from the only person who got past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PBS to air restored version of ‘The Civil War’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California regulator: PG&E ‘too big’ to operate safety?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Repeated natural-gas accidents - including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people - suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

April 08, 2015 | | State


California names, shames water wasters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Prosecutor appeals lighter sentence for girl’s attacker

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California district attorney said Wednesday that he will appeal a judge's decision to give a lighter sentence to a man who sodomized a 3-year-old girl.

April 08, 2015 | | State


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Water ferry, more buses sought for Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE (AP) - Regional planners developing a comprehensive transportation blueprint for Lake Tahoe over the next two decades say the shortage of public parking spaces is ...

March 20, 2017 | | State


Federal court gives students chance to parry with judges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much ...

March 19, 2017 | | State


SF library workers may get training to stop overdoses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco public library staffers may soon be trained to administer medication to reverse heroin overdoses among the growing number of opioid ...

March 19, 2017 | | State


Former Tulare dairy farmer leads Trump- Russia investigation

TULARE (AP) - Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm.

March 19, 2017 | | State


BID TO SAVE SALTON SEA

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Thursday proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the ...

March 16, 2017 | | State


Conservative 9th district judge slams ‘personal attacks’ on courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A conservative federal appellate court judge who was a key author of the so-called torture memos under the Bush administration criticized personal ...

March 16, 2017 | | State


School settles sex abuse suit

MORGAN HILL (AP) - An $8.25 million settlement between a California school district and the families of three girls who were sexually molested by a ...

March 16, 2017 | | State


San Bernardino deputy survives shooting

HESPERIA (AP) - A Southern California sheriff's deputy was shot in the chest Thursday but his body armor stopped the bullet and a robbery suspect ...

March 16, 2017 | | State


County employees charged with stealing from the dead

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say five county employees in central California are charged with stealing from dead people and their families.

March 16, 2017 | | State


Queen Mary ship corroded, fixes could near $300M

LONG BEACH (AP) - The Queen Mary is so corroded that it's at urgent risk of flooding or collapse, and the price tag for fixing ...

March 14, 2017 | | State


Auditors fault state social service background checks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California does a poor job of screening social services workers and sometimes allows people with arrests or convictions to work in facilities that ...

March 14, 2017 | | State


Ben Affleck says he’s finished treatment for alcohol addiction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ben Affleck says he has recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

March 14, 2017 | | State


Hiker dies after falling from trail on Mt. Baldy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a hiker was killed and a second was injured after both fell off a trail on the 10,046-foot Mt ...

March 12, 2017 | | State


Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump presidency

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Before Donald Trump's election, Laurence Berland viewed political protest as a sort of curiosity. He was in a good place to ...

March 12, 2017 | | State


Pack of 7 gray wolves missing in NorCal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife advocates say they are searching Northing California for seven gray wolves that haven't been spotted in months.

March 12, 2017 | | State


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