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Keeping Californians in the dark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Police arrest 3 suspects for furnishing alcohol to minors

Manteca Police arrested three suspects on Saturday for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 15, 2015 | | State


SF investigates racist tweets by four officers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation in connection with racially charged and homophobic text messages, police officials said.

March 15, 2015 | | State


LA police officer sought for questioning in fatal shooting

POMONA . (AP) - A car belonging to a rookie Los Angeles police officer wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting has been found, but the officer remained at large, police said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Race pits Demos against each another

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democrat almost assuredly will win a state Senate seat in an east San Francisco Bay Area district where the party holds a 15-point registration edge. So why have unions poured $115,000 into a committee to support a Republican who dropped out of the race weeks ago?

March 15, 2015 | | State


Silicon Valley ballet company gets reprieve

SAN JOSE (AP) - A cash-strapped Silicon Valley ballet company has survived to dance another day.

March 15, 2015 | | State


WATER-WASTERS ELUDE FINES

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Bieber says he’s sorry at comedy roast

CULVER CITY (AP) - Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech.

March 15, 2015 | | State


‘Zebra killer’ found dead in prison cell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the four men convicted of participating in a string of racially motivated attacks in the mid-1970s that killed 14 people and injured seven in San Francisco was found dead in his cell, California prison officials said Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Citizen Kane’ film to play at Hearst Castle’s private theater

SAN SIMEON (AP) - For some movie buffs, showing Orson Welles' acclaimed film "Citizen Kane" at Hearst Castle is like having a screening of "Star Wars" on the Death Star.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Did Lyft cheat new drivers out of $1K bonuses?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Lyft ridesharing company took new drivers for a ride by cheating them out of promised $1,000 bonuses, according to a federal lawsuit announced Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Brown: California good for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Top regulator wants PG&E pay $1.6B penalty billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top regulator on Friday proposed Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay $1.6 billion as the penalty for causing a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Iron Man’ star Downey presents boy with bionic arm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero - at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.

March 12, 2015 | | State


Flag flap at UC Irvine raises free speech debate

IRVINE (AP) - When student government representatives at the University of California, Irvine voted to ban all flags - including the American one - from their tiny office, they thought they had found a solution to a battle over freedom of speech that began when someone first tacked a U.S. flag to the wall in January. The flag had been at the center of an increasingly bitter game of cat-and-mouse, with some students taking it down repeatedly and others replacing it in the dark of night.

March 12, 2015 | | State


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3 bids received to fix Oroville Dam

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three construction contractors have submitted bids to fix Oroville Dam's two damaged spillways, California water officials said Saturday.

April 16, 2017 | | State


For some Californians, effects of punishing drought not over

HANFORD (AP) - Knee-high tufts of grass dot the streets of Hardwick, a rural neighborhood with a few dozen homes hemmed in by vineyards and walnut ...

April 16, 2017 | | State


Move to lower voting age to 17

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico ...

April 16, 2017 | | State


Ex-Yosemite chief belittled female workers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The former superintendent of Yosemite National Park created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as "stupid," ''bozo" and ...

April 10, 2017 | | State


2 dead after SUV slams into people

CHINO (AP) - An SUV has slammed into a group of pedestrians in a church parking lot in California, killing two people and injuring several others.

April 10, 2017 | | State


Teacher, boy die when husband opens fire in special education class

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom in San Bernardino and opened fire without saying a word, killing ...

April 10, 2017 | | State


Ex-California tribal leader sentenced to death in killings

ALTURAS (AP) - The former leader of a small Northern California Indian tribe was sentenced to death Monday for fatally shooting four people and trying to ...

April 10, 2017 | | State


Divers find more body parts in search for missing woman

REDDING (AP) - Divers found a human leg attached to a cinder block and other body parts at a lake in Northern California, and authorities believe ...

April 02, 2017 | | State


Driver dies after slamming into back of fire truck

ANTIOCH (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say a driver was killed when he rammed his SUV into the back of a fire truck stopped at ...

April 02, 2017 | | State


South state rescuers on lookout for tangled whale

DANA POINT (AP) - Boaters were asked Sunday to be on the lookout for a gray whale tangled in an unknown material heading north along Southern ...

April 02, 2017 | | State


Tesla reports record auto deliveries in 1st quarter

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc. says it delivered a record 25,000 vehicles in the first quarter, up 69 percent from the ...

April 02, 2017 | | State


UC Berkeley chancellor making $517K took $5,000 in fitness freebies

BERKELEY (AP) - The outgoing leader of the University of California's Berkeley campus improperly accepted free benefits, mostly related to personal fitness, an investigation found.

March 26, 2017 | | State


Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at age 94

LONG BEACH (AP) - A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.

March 26, 2017 | | State


Berkeley killing renews debate over use of gender pronouns

BERKELEY (AP) - Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he ...

March 26, 2017 | | State


Wells Fargo: All ATMs will take phone codes, not just cards

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their ...

March 21, 2017 | | State


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