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Firm penalized $1.75M for false weight loss ads made to California consumers

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A company that sold alleged weight loss and body cleansing products in California will pay about $1.75 million in penalties and restitution for making false advertising claims.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Obama pledges support amid California drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling California's governor that the federal government will do what's necessary to help with a historic drought afflicting the state.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Driver with man on windshield says she panicked

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield says she can't remember hitting him.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Assembly to tackle pension fund shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state's deficit and is estimated as high as $80 billion.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Orange schools banning e-cigarettes

ORANGE . (AP) - Electronic smoking devices will soon be among tobacco products prohibited by Orange Unified School District.

January 29, 2014 | | State


News from around california

SF POLICE SHOOT AND KILL DOG THAT MAULED 2 MEN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say one pit bull has been killed and a second captured after mauling one man and also injuring their owner.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Appellate court will hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state's high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had requested.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Expulsion vote due for kids in computer hacking

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."

January 28, 2014 | | State


Bill will reduce challenges to prospective jurors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State


As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


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HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Opponents of transgender bathroom law seek repeal at state ballot box

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt is underway to repeal a law that allows transgender students in California schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether to play on boys' or girls' sports teams.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Legal pot? Taxes, black market pose challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Need medical pot? There’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties have a new way to pick up their prescription.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans chewing tobacco from playing fields

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

REDDING (AP) - A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday

April 21, 2015 | | State


Huntington Beach drops plastic bag ban

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A single vote was cast in favor of keeping the plastic bag ban that's been in place in

April 21, 2015 | | State


US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman’s phone

SOUTH GATE (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it's reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman's cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion

FRESNO (AP) - A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state's largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) - An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

April 20, 2015 | | State


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