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SHEET METAL REFLECTION CAUSE OF CALIFORNIA FIRE : CORONA (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden, fire officials said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State

State Sen. Wright resigns after sentencing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

September 15, 2014 | | State

Emails show PG&E, CPUC collusion?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases.

September 15, 2014 | | State

Meters raise change for homeless

PASADENA (AP) - The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change.

September 14, 2014 | | State

‘Pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat during state drought

YUBA CITY (AP) - For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.

September 14, 2014 | | State

$1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA (AP) - As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

September 14, 2014 | | State

Rising inequity in income slows state tax growth

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

September 14, 2014 | | State

Oakland deck collapse injures 9

OAKLAND (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed, authorities said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | State

Hundreds evacuate from 3 California wildfires

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.

September 14, 2014 | | State

Cabbies cry foul over body odor test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

September 12, 2014 | | State

Wildfire erupts in Southern California forest

SANTA ANA (AP) - Flames chewed through brush in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest and sent up a huge column of smoke Friday, but authorities did not order evacuations and said no homes were immediately threatened by the blaze.

September 12, 2014 | | State

Fight over WW II-era tank goes to court

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received.

September 12, 2014 | | State

Voter fraud sentencing brings call for state Senator Wright to resign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for lying about where he lived when he ran for office and leaders of the Senate said he should resign immediately.

September 12, 2014 | | State

Nudist camp stealing water

LOS GATOS (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

September 12, 2014 | | State

Californian wants to give back diploma, redo work

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A Southern California high school graduate has filed a federal lawsuit asking that her diploma be invalidated so she can redo part of her senior year.

September 12, 2014 | | State

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Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals ...

October 19, 2016 | | State operators seek to drop pimp charges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The operators of an international website that advertises escort services asked a California judge Wednesday to throw out charges against them of pimping ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


ANAHEIM (AP) - "The Twilight Zone" is ceding way to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Disneyland's popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Two slain police officers remembered

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Mom’s friend named as suspect in Sacramento triple homicide

SACRAMENTO AP) - A family friend is suspected in a weekend triple homicide that killed a pastor and her two grandsons, Sacramento police said Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | | State

Coronado Bridge safety at issue after deadly pickup plunge

SAN DIEGO (AP) - People living near the Coronado Bridge called Tuesday for new safety measures after a suspected drunken driver plunged off the San Diego ...

October 18, 2016 | | State

Man dies after stepping off RV ladder on Interstate 5

SOLANA BEACH (AP) - Authorities say a man has died after stepping off the back of an RV ladder on a California freeway.

October 18, 2016 | | State

‘Played the fool’: Several car owners slam VW emissions deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the ...

October 18, 2016 | | State


VALLEJO (AP) - A man wearing body armor pointed an assault rifle at two police officers in a California Starbucks, only to have the weapon malfunction ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Netflix tests limits of price increases for original shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is testing the financial limits of its streaming video service as the rising cost of producing original programming pushes up subscription ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Policing leader apologizes for historical racial abuse

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The president of one of the largest police organizations in the United States on Monday apologized for historical mistreatment of minorities, calling ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

People found dead were pastor, 2 grandsons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A pastor and her two grandsons were identified Monday as the three people found dead Saturday with traumatic injuries in a housing complex ...

October 17, 2016 | | State

Truck plunges off San Diego bridge, killing 4 in crowd

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A member of the U.S. Navy was arrested after the pickup truck he was driving plunged off a San Diego bridge ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

Golden Gate Bridge to hire more officers to prevent suicides

SAN RAFAEL. (AP) - Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge specifically to search for people looking to jump to their ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

Measure extends ‘temporary’ state tax for 12 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - When Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies urged voters to adopt a temporary income tax on the wealthiest Californians and a statewide ...

October 16, 2016 | | State

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