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Tobacco control lowers Calif. health costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Calif 1st to set standard for health benefits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.

February 13, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Fewer homes on foreclosure path in January

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process fell in January to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom, a consequence of a package of state laws aimed at stemming foreclosures that went into effect in California at the beginning of the year.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE: THIEVES TARGET OFFICERS' BRENTWOOD HOMES: BRENTWOOD (AP) - Police in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in which thieves made off with jewelry and guns, some of them belonging to law enforcement officers.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Chevron should have replaced leaky pipe

RICHMOND (AP) - Government investigators said Wednesday a decades-old pipe that leaked and fed a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Perry ending California trip empty-handed

LAGUANA BEACH (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrapped up his high-profile recruiting trip to California on Wednesday without having persuaded any businesses to relocate to his state - at least not yet.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Humboldt deputies find 111 guns, ammo, 177 pounds of pot in cave

GERBERVILLE (AP) - Authorities have seized a stockpile of 111 firearms, at least 20 of them stolen, from a 55-acre Humboldt County property where they also found 117 pounds of dried marijuana, ammunition, body armor and $12,000 in cash, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday.

February 13, 2013 | | State


209 News

MOM SUES SAN JOAQUIN SHERIFF OVER MINGLED REMAINS: STOCKTON, . (AP) - The mother and sisters of a girl whom authorities think was killed more than 27 years ago by California's notorious "Speed Freak Killers" are suing San Joaquin County officials over the handling of the 16-year-old's exhumed remains.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin burns as authorities trap ex-cop in cabin

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - The manhunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Proponents cit fish deals in push for Delta tunnels

FRESNO (AP) - California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's south state and Bay Area cities as well as farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Body found in rubble of burned cabin

BIG BEAR (AP) - The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 12, 2013 | | State


LA judge begins cutting 3 strikes sentences from minor offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has reduced sentences of five three-strikes inmates as a first step in carrying out a voter-approved initiative to soften the state's tough sentencing law.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Progressive PAC buys anti-Perry ads in California as governor hunts for jobs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive Texas political action committee taunted Gov. Rick Perry's recent California trip in radio ads broadcast there on Tuesday, calling him "Governor Oops" and dismissing as "snake oil" Perry's promises of tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Texas.

February 12, 2013 | | State


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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


Crowdfunding campaign for drought relief

FRESNO (AP) - A group of nonprofit organizations and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

August 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per pack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


Mayor thanks student who helped thwart France attack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An American student who helped stop a terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train said Wednesday it's been a "crazy few days ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


Poll: Californians increasingly back Medi-Cal for immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increasingly support extending public health care services to immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to new survey results released Wednesday.

August 26, 2015 | | State


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