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Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Legislature withholds nepotism report

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Tribe’s casino plan to go before voters

MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Girl’s family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Men wearing GPS devices indicted for killings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-firefighter to stand trial for fatal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


San Francisco to pay $15M in fatal park hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

October 01, 2014 | | State


SF expands free public Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Monterey law bans sitting, lying on sidewalks

MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

October 01, 2014 | | State


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Reduced court penalties lead fewer to opt for drug treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California voter-approved ballot measure to reduce some felonies to misdemeanors is jeopardizing alternative sentencing programs to help drug offenders kick their habits.

December 14, 2014 | | State


Black effigies hanged on Berkeley campus spur debate

BERKELEY . (AP) - Effigies of black lynching victims found hanging at the University of California, Berkeley have sparked debate over whether the images are powerful protest art or just plain tasteless and racist.

December 14, 2014 | | State


Major storm sweeps thru Southern Cal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn't from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.

December 12, 2014 | | State


Teen still hooked to machines year after brain death

OAKLAND (AP) - A year ago, 13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent a tonsillectomy and tissue removal at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, to treat sleep apnea. The girl suffered massive bleeding, had a heart attack and was declared brain-dead Dec. 12.

December 12, 2014 | | State


California sets record for low voter turnout

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California set a record last month for low voter turnout in a regularly scheduled general election.

December 12, 2014 | | State


Senate passes bill addressing cross

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has passed a bill that could potentially resolve the long-running church-state conflict featuring San Diego's Mount Soledad veterans memorial and cross.

December 12, 2014 | | State


Windblown dust hits valley towns ahead of rainstorm

FRESNO (AP) - Windblown dust is causing zero visibility in parts of California's Central Valley.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Storm-whipped winds make waves at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Winds gusting to 140 mph in Sierra Nevada passes ahead of a powerful Pacific storm sent surfers into Lake Tahoe, toppled trees onto homes and a church, forced school closures and grounded commercial airline flights in Reno, authorities said.

December 11, 2014 | | State


California’s population grows to 0.9% to 38.5M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population climbed to 38.5 million people over the last year as the state recorded its most significant back-to-back growth in a decade, new population figures released Thursday showed.

December 11, 2014 | | State


STOP. HEY, WHAT’S THAT SOUND?

BERKELEY (AP) - Stop. Hey, what's that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. There's something happening here.

December 11, 2014 | | State


California battles whooping cough epidemic

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California officials are battling the worst whopping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Deadly SF Bay ship wreck found

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have located the wreckage of a passenger ship that crashed in 1901 near the site of what is now the Golden Gate Bridge, killing 128 people.

December 11, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAIL CARRIER WINS HEAP OF CASH FROM CALIF. LOTTO: RIALTO (AP) - A Southern California mail carrier now has a whole heap of cash to tote around too.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Website operator convicted of prostitution charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The operator of a Northern California-based adult website has pleaded guilty to a charge of facilitating prostitution.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Warming West Coast will send fish north

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Warming seas will likely send West Coast fish species northward by about 20 miles a decade, and some species probably will disappear from southern ranges off California and Oregon, a new study says.

December 10, 2014 | | State


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