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• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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Suit hits city’s restrictions on recreational pot growers

FONTANA (AP) - A lawsuit filed against a California city claims an ordinance makes it unreasonably difficult and expensive for adult residents to grow up to ...

June 08, 2017 | | State


California businesses join, pay for Brown’s China trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has company on his trip to China to further his climate change agenda: About 30 California business leaders are along ...

June 08, 2017 | | State


US joins suit against LA over disabled accessibility

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government is taking over a lawsuit that alleges Los Angeles received hundreds of millions of dollars to develop housing accessible ...

June 08, 2017 | | State


Fear of deportation drives people off food stamps in US

NEW YORK (AP) - A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Prosecutor: Teen in texting suicide case wanted attention

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - A teenager charged with using text messages to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself played a "sick game" with another person's ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Rescuers chip fallen climber from ice on Alaska mountain

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man trying to climb North America's highest mountain fell 40 feet (12.2 meters) into a glacier crevasse and got ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Accused leaker shared harsh opinions on Trump before arrest

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Before she was charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter, Reality Leigh Winner shared sometimes scathing opinions on President ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Trump wishes Comey luck as allies take aim at his credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Police: 3 dead in possible robbery at Fresno home

FRESNO (AP) - A gun battle Tuesday at a Fresno home left three men dead and another wounded in what may have been a home-invasion robbery ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Irregularities alleged in Democratic chair race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The losing candidate in the race for California Democratic Party chair said Monday she was cheated out of the party's top job ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Judge allows California bullet train greenhouse gas funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators did not abuse their discretion when they decided to pay for the state's high-speed rail project with money from a ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Collector charged in Star Wars items theft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the first "Star Wars" film, Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "in my experience there is no such thing as luck." Steve Sansweet thinks ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


SF issues subpoenas for Uber, Lyft driver records

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued subpoenas Monday to ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft for records about their drivers and service in ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


CLIMBER CONQUERS EL CAPITAN

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Alex Honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any safety gear for eight years ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Prison costs $75,560 a year per inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


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