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State unemployment rate dips to 7.2%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Whaling protesters in contempt of court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Special needs tot’s wheelchair stolen

CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Three pedestrians killed

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

December 19, 2014 | | State


PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Protection sought for scenic region

WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

December 19, 2014 | | State


CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops

OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Carjacking suspect arrested in ‘Hobbit’ screening in SoCal

NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Exchange sign-ups exceed last year

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit over immigrant license data

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

December 17, 2014 | | State


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Delay makes it unlikely SF will recreational pot Jan. 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors delayed voting Tuesday on proposed pot regulations, making it more unlikely that people in this weed-friendly city will be ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


State looks into free DNA tests

SANTA CLARA (AP) - California officials are looking into free DNA tests that are handed out to fans at 49ers games.

November 14, 2017 | | State


Christian players frustrated by criticism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Reid and other Christian players who support Colin Kaepernick's social justice movement want believers on the opposite side of the ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


Mendoza harassment case US Senate candidate Kevin De Leon under spotlight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - News that a sitting California senator is being investigated for sexual harassment against a young female employee has put a fresh spotlight on ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


Hundreds in Hollywood protest sex harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Armed with signs, catchy phrases and a motivation to take #MeToo beyond the internet and into real life, a few hundred women ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


SoCal plant enjoying bomber boom

PALMDALE (AP) - Call it the bomber boom.

November 12, 2017 | | State


California billionaire doubles spending on anti-Trump ads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California billionaire Tom Steyer said Thursday he'll double his spending on ads calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment to $20 million ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


State investigates senator’s behavior to female staffer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza is facing an internal investigation over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a young female employee, including inviting her to ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


Sheriff: Wildfires point to usefulness of old technology

UKIAH (AP) - Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled land lines, cell phones and internet service, the ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series "Magnum, P.I ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


Californians will turn ranch land into beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Coastal Commission on Thursday agreed to carve a mile of public beach out of ranch land that has been in ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


‘Friends’ star Aniston makes TV return

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to television and she's partnering with Reese Witherspoon.

November 08, 2017 | | State


New looks come to Snapchat , Twitter in bid for more users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.

November 08, 2017 | | State


You may help pay $170 million so PG&E can shut down Diablo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state judge Wednesday recommended that California's largest utility be allowed to increase customer rates by nearly $170 million for costs ...

November 08, 2017 | | State


Parking lots operator swindled VA of $11M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who operated parking lots for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles defrauded the agency out of ...

November 08, 2017 | | State


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