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Complacency drives hike in water use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.

July 16, 2014 | | State

Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

July 16, 2014 | | State

Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State

Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State

Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State

California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State

Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State

LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State

State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State

Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State

State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State

Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State

Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State

Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 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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