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• BILL INCREASES FINES FOR TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California drivers would face tougher consequences for chatting and texting on their cellphones while driving under a bill that passed the California Assembly.

May 15, 2014 | | State


Will drought trigger earthquakes?

FRESNO (AP) - Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Brown seeks money to fix big Stockton prison hospital

STOCKTON (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking millions of dollars more to fix problems at an $839 million prison medical complex that was built to help end years of federal court oversight.

May 14, 2014 | | State


SF’s landmark Coit Tower reopens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's landmark Coit Tower reopened to the public on Wednesday after a six-month, $1.7 million upgrade that included the restoration of its famed murals.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Move afoot to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to make California the first in the nation to impose a statewide ban on plastic bags at certain retailers passed a key legislative committee on Wednesday, but the legislation faces staunch opposition from bag manufacturers working to stem a flood of local bans meant to end clutter in landfills and beaches.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Anti-tax group OK with closing Proposition 13 ax law loophole

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prominent anti-tax group says it won't oppose a bill that would close a loophole in California's Proposition 13, effectively approving a bid to change the landmark law for the first time since voters passed it 36 years ago.

May 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• POLICE RAID SAN FRANCISCO HELLS ANGELS' CLUBHOUSE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have raided a Hells Angels' clubhouse and arrested one person in connection with an assault.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Google resumes Glass sales

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns homes in San Diego County

CARLSBAD (AP) - Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in the worst of a half-dozen blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Google to release diversity data about workforce composition

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is planning to release statistics documenting the diversity of its workforce for the first time amid escalating pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women.

May 14, 2014 | | State


LA police investigating Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber is under investigation after a woman accused the embattled pop singer of trying to steal her cellphone at a family entertainment center, police said Wednesday.

May 14, 2014 | | State


State paying off Schwarzenegger budget bond

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California is on track to pay off a $15 billion bond that was championed a decade ago by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of his first major actions in office.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Records fall during persistent California heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has sweltered through another record-breaking day in the midst of a spring heat wave.

May 14, 2014 | | State


California GOP worried over top-two governor competition

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans who have been trying to rebrand their party as more inclusive and attuned with the issues that Californians care about had hoped this year to offer a candidate for governor who fit that image.

May 14, 2014 | | State


Judge: Yeagers must pay $40K in fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, has been ordered by a California judge to pay more than $40,000 in fees to a homeowners association.

May 13, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Jump was on dead skydiver’s bucket list

LODI (AP) - The mother of a skydiver who plummeted to his death with an instructor in a Lodi vineyard said her teenage son was an ...

August 09, 2016 | | State


Woman gets backlash for having invasive bear killed

FOREST FALLS (AP) - A mother of three has provoked a backlash for having a bear shot after it repeatedly broke into her Southern California mountain ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


Group sues to publish lawmakers’ addresses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California gun rights group is suing after a legislative lawyer blocked a blog post listing the addresses of lawmakers who had recently ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


Fatal police shooting highlights inconsistent body cam usage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The critical moment when a gunman opened fire on two San Diego police officers, killing one, may never be seen. The surviving ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


First-time jumper was among 1 of 2 skydivers killed at Lodi center

LODI (AP) - One of two skydivers who died plummeting into a Northern California vineyard was 18 and jumping for the first time, and his family ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


New trend: ‘Pop-ups’ preschools

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cindy Rivera entered the family resource center in the Hillview neighborhood library at 10 a.m. and began transforming it. She replaced ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


STOCKTON MAYOR ARRESTED

STOCKTON AP) - Stockton's mayor was charged Thursday with providing alcohol to young adults last summer and making a secret recording of what prosecutors said ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pot backers sue over opposing arguments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supporters of a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing opponents of including false and misleading language in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


SF Chinatown gang leader gets life in prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dapper San Francisco Chinatown gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" whose conviction on murder and racketeering charges was part of a major ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Demos tout endorsements for California Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The two Democrats seeking California's U.S. Senate seat rolled out dueling endorsements Thursday that highlighted political dynamics that are shaping ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


2 babies born with Zika-related defects in state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects in California to mothers who were infected overseas, health officials said Thursday.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pokemon Go player in brutal attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man is recovering after being brutally attacked with a knife while playing Pokemon Go in San Jose last week.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Man arrested in old killing after woman browses LAPD website

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a suspect in a 16-year-old homicide after a woman browsing the "most wanted" section of the Los Angeles Police Department ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Probe of fatal crash starts with driver, bus

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Investigators are collecting medical records and lining up interviews with relatives of a bus driver in a crash that killed four passengers in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


San Diego police view body-camera footage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators viewed body-camera footage to learn how one San Diego police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a gunbattle during ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


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