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Vaccine bill clears major hurdle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Six balcony deaths in Berkeley could bring manslaughter charges

OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Mountain communities on alert as week-old wildlife gets new life

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hamlets in the San Bernardino Mountains were placed on alert Thursday as a week-old wildfire roared to new life, devouring thousands of acres of brush and old-growth trees as it was stoked by gusty winds.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Congress probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Drone forces brief grounding of air tankers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Brown signs budget with anti-poverty initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles deputies guilty in jail beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday in the backroom beating of a jail visitor who fellow guards testified already was handcuffed on the ground and covered in blood.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Exxon Mobil halts oil production

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn't deliver oil to refineries, the company said Tuesday.

June 24, 2015 | | State


Officers in text message case to remain on paid leave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nine San Francisco police officers will remain on paid leave while a judge decides whether the department waited too long to discipline them in connection with racist text messages.

June 24, 2015 | | State


Officer shoots police dog after it bites his hand

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area police officer shot and seriously injured a police K-9 after the dog bit his hand.

June 24, 2015 | | State


Judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure "patently unconstitutional."

June 24, 2015 | | State


Ride-hailing apps for kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren't around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn't show up or, when they did, they were rude or haggled with her about the fare.

June 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast kill-gays ballot initiative proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Members of the California Assembly are denouncing a proposed ballot measure that would make it legal to murder gay and lesbian people.

June 23, 2015 | | State


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Brown creates new online security center

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the creation of a new security center Monday that will be responsible for strengthening online security to prevent cyber-attacks ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Ex-agent pleads guilty in Silk Road probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of electronic currency during a high-profile investigation into ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


Surfer uninjured after shark bites her board off Morro Bay beach

MORRO BAY (AP) - A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast.

August 30, 2015 | | State


Golf club pays $100,000 over manure incident

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


Missing hiker found in Sierra is recovering

FRESNO (AP) - The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days said Sunday that she ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


‘Reckless behavior’ in pier killing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even if the suspect at the center of a national immigration debate accidentally fired the shot that killed a young woman on ...

August 28, 2015 | | State


Fatal pier shot was ricochet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admits he fired the shot that killed a young San Francisco ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Twitter tries to lure more users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's most urgent task is naming a new CEO. But the most formidable one is convincing more people that its service ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Apple’s new product event set on Sept. 9

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers declined Thursday to take up a bill that would raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation, likely stalling ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


State holds on to $10M in donations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


State Senate OKs Raising age to buy cigarettes to 21

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers advanced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday, reviving proposals that earlier stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from tobacco ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


2 dead in shooting outside Salinas Social Security office

SALINAS (AP) - Police say a man is in custody after a shooting outside a Social Security Administration office Thursday that left his estranged wife critically ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Californians cut water use back 31%

FRESNO (AP) - For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.

August 27, 2015 | | State


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