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Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State


Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


PUC has leeway to restructure utility rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity has been signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.

October 07, 2013 | | State


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Administration wants to give prisoners access to student grants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.

July 28, 2015 | | State


Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Intel chip thousand times faster

SAN JOSE (AP) - Chipmakers Intel and Micron Technologies say they've made a major breakthrough by creating a new kind of memory chip that's ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Motorola smartphone takes aim at Apple faster memory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Mom pleads for return of missing 8-year-old

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as search efforts grew to include federal authorities.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Best of California honors for wine from Bokisch Vineyards

LODI -The Bokisch Vineyards team's passion for making great wines was recognized at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Federal appeals court upholds shark fin ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


3,900 wildfires so far this year

FRESNO (AP) - More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


LA radio show peeks into the love lives of immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Alzheimer’s project belongs to UC San Diego

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the University of California, San Diego ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Delta saltier from SF Bay water

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials say they are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michelle Obama welcomed thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympic World Games on Saturday during a festive opening ceremony ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Firefighters make headway on 2 fires

WINTERS (AP) - Firefighters made progress Friday against two wildfires in Northern California, allowing some people to return home outside Napa Valley after flames threatened hundreds ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


LA police kill gunman on busy shopping street

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man with a gun was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Friday in a busy shopping district in the San ...

July 25, 2015 | | State


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