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Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


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FAA: No sanctions for Lodi skydiving center in deaths

LODI (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it cannot sanction a skydiving center in central California for the 2016 deaths of two men killed in ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


3 being inducted Aug. 12 into Mexican American Hall of Fame

STOCKTON - Three individuals are being inducted into the Mexican American hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.

August 07, 2017 | | State


Heart-stopping mountain lion encounter caught on video

LONE PINE (AP) - A nerve-rattling encounter with a mountain lion started with a fleeting glimpse of the big cat's tail on a High Sierra ...

August 07, 2017 | | State


Palm Springs fed up with insect thriving after winter rains

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - It may be small, but an insect known as the charcoal seed bug has started to get under the skin of people ...

August 06, 2017 | | State


Democrats attacking each other

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats control every lever of power in California state government, and free from worrying about major losses to Republicans, they're training fire ...

August 06, 2017 | | State


Suspect shot in struggle with Los Banos police dies

LOS BANOS- A man who broke into his estranged wife's home died and two police officers were wounded after a shooting erupted Monday inside ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


Diocese of Stockton secures 4 new teachers thru Notre Dame

Bishop Stephen Blaire has announced the launch of the latest program for the Diocese of Stockton in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


California considers lower bar for its tough lawyer exam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The State Bar of California on Monday proposed lowering the minimum score on the most recent licensing exam for attorneys amid an ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


State’s minor life-without- parole law blasted as unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man while stealing ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


Homeless sex offender rate growing state issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Ex UC Davis chancellor returns to teaching for $318,000 a year

DAVIS (AP) - The former chancellor of the University of California, Davis, who resigned after being placed on leave amid allegations of misconduct, will return to ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


SoCal beach community sees surge in homeless

DANA POINT (AP) - A California coastal community is eager to attract more tourists, but at the same time it's struggling with an unwelcome jump ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Plan to start school after 8:30 a.m. gets mixed grades

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California school kids could be getting more time to sleep.

July 30, 2017 | | State


PBS CEO: Federal cuts may close stations

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Trump’s travel ban keeps orphan kids from foster families in USA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tianna Rooney has already bought the poster board for the sign she'll wave when the 16-year-old refugee boy her family is ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


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