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State orders users to stop pumping water from streams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time in nearly 40 years, drought-stricken California has ordered more than 2,600 water agencies and users in the Sacramento Valley to stop pumping water from streams.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Security officer dumped student with cerebral palsy from wheelchair

OAKALND (AP) - An Oakland school district has fired a high school security officer who faces a felony charge after he repeatedly slapped a handcuffed, wheelchair-bound student suffering from cerebral palsy and dumped him onto the floor, authorities said.

May 30, 2014 | | State


San Francisco woman breeding & releasing rats

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say their hands are tied when it comes to stopping a woman who has been breeding hundreds of rats in her home and then releasing them into public parks.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Man returns $125K that fell from armored truck

FRESNO (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Woman attacks girl with hammer

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman is accused of attacked a 9-year-old girl with a hammer at the girl's elementary school.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Sex reassignment surgery ban lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Musk unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

May 30, 2014 | | State


CHP looks into allegations of firefighter behavior

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether state firefighters had sex with a woman who later was stabbed to death in the home she shared with a battalion chief, a claim made during the subsequent homicide investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers split on medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, a day after competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Wild river status for Mokelumne?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Part of a river draining the central Sierra Nevada could win new protections from a wild-and-scenic designation under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite complaints that the action could aggravate water shortages caused by California's drought.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Army Corps: Restore Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Scaled-down preschool advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to provide preschool programs for children in low-income families passed the state Senate on Thursday. But it represents a proposal that is far less than what its author had originally intended.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Bill would mandate paid sick time

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday despite objections from Republican lawmakers and business groups that labeled it a "job killer."

May 29, 2014 | | State


8 states release plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

May 29, 2014 | | State


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Man freed in jury mistake killed hour later

FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Brown, lawmakers face budget deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman dies in overgrown yard

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Brain-dead girl on ventilator getting diploma

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Democrats replace ‘spend’ with ‘invest’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Groups allege abuse of child immigrants by border staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Officer in on-duty accident dies

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton police officer died Wednesday, two weeks after an on-duty car accident, officials said.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose marijuana shops face tough new rules, possible closure

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose officials have passed tough new medical marijuana rules that will require the vast majority of city dispensaries to close within a year.

June 11, 2014 | | State


What’s next for teacher tenure?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Firearms checks sought after rampage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 11, 2014 | | State


10-year-old graduates high school with 4.0 grade point

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Mental health key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 10, 2014 | | State


State plans death row mental health unit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | State


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