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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

Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State

Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State

Brown wants court rulings overturned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.

January 24, 2014 | | State

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Seasonal workers flock to California to process marijuana

WILLITS (AP) - The annual march of migrant marijuana workers throughout California's pot-rich North Coast is in full swing but, like the pot industry itself ...

November 22, 2015 | | State

Whale-watchers on lookout for entangled humpback

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California whale watchers are on the lookout for a humpback entangled in netting and what looks to be a buoy.

November 22, 2015 | | State

Woman waved knife and whip at neighbors

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a 23-year-old woman was arrested at an apartment complex, where residents claim she terrorized them with a whip ...

November 22, 2015 | | State

Coach’s journey to the 50-yard line

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - When Joe Kennedy arrived at the Flying H Youth Ranch for troubled boys, he was mad at the world.

November 20, 2015 | | State

High school Sex Ed teaching ‘Yes means yes’ rape prevention

BELMONT (AP) - This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Group collects signatures in bid to end death penalty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Death penalty opponents led by former "M-A-S-H" star Mike Farrell can begin collecting signatures for their latest attempt to repeal the ultimate penalty ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Cash for grass: Not bet bang for buck?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Turf removal rebates rewarding Los Angeles property owners for tearing out their lawns saved less water per dollar than other conservation measures ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Trial of ‘Shield’ actor will include talk of wife’s affair

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of an actor known for his role on "The Shield" was having an affair before she was fatally shot by ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Tesla recalling all Model S sedans

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors is recalling its entire fleet of Model S sedans to check their front seat belts after one passenger's seat belt ...

November 20, 2015 | | State

Facebook tries to ease heartache of breakups

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up.

November 19, 2015 | | State

Officer killed during botched robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California police officer was shot to death in his own car as he was getting off work in what investigators said ...

November 19, 2015 | | State

Two in sex triangle get life for killing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two members of a sadomasochistic sex triangle were sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for murdering the wife of a ...

November 19, 2015 | | State

Human-bear incidents reach record low

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bears in Yosemite National Park are behaving better than they have in 40 years.

November 19, 2015 | | State

California: $12B rainy day fund?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could end fiscal 2016 with nearly $12 billion in its rainy day fund if the state's economic recovery continues and lawmakers ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

Judge: Divorced couple’s embryos can be discarded

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

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