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Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

January 23, 2015 | | State


$300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

January 23, 2015 | | State


CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

January 22, 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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