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JUDGE: ABERCROMBIE WRONGLY FIRED MUSLIM FOR HIJAB: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker who insisted on wearing a head scarf.

September 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DIVER HELPING WITH SEARCH AT LAKE DROWNS: REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say a diver brought in to help recover the body of a man who drowned in a Northern California lake also drowned.

September 09, 2013 | | State


100 homes evacuated in Bay Area wildfire

CLAYTON (AP) - A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew Monday, forcing more people to leave their homes and leading to a smoke advisory for area residents.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

September 09, 2013 | | State


Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Suspects sought in crossbow killing

EUREKA (AP) - A man and a 16-year-old girl were on the loose Monday after shooting two transients, one fatally, with a crossbow in a heavily wooded area of coastal Northern California, sheriff's officials said.

September 09, 2013 | | State


SoCal city welcomes doomsday bunkers

MENIFEE (AP) - In the backyard of his remote Southern California home, Bernie Jones is etching an unconventional blueprint: a construction plan to build his underground survival shelter. It won't be the typical, cramped Cold War-era bunker. It will hold 20 people.

September 08, 2013 | | State


NorCal wasp invasion puts sting in summer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Swarms of stinging insects have etymologists from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco fielding calls from besieged property owners, perplexed government officials and even homicide investigators asking how to keep the bugs away from dead bodies.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Water war moving underground

FRESNO. (AP) - For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Neuroscientist helps light up Hart’s shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has a new piece of equipment accompanying him on his latest tour - a cap fitted with electrodes that capture his brain activity and direct the movements of a light show while he's jamming on stage.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Minimum wage, guns face lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could help shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Briefs

SPACESHIPTWO MAKES 2ND SUPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT: MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing.

September 06, 2013 | | State


Senate OKs limits on worker comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states but played some games in California would be prohibited from filing state workers' compensation claims under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate.

September 06, 2013 | | State


PG&E opens gas monitoring center

SAN RAMON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

September 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.

September 06, 2013 | | State


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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


Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871B yearly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Ballot proposals: Let’s make a deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved changes to California's century-old initiative process with a provision that allows for negotiations between the Legislature and the proponents, who could then withdraw their proposal even if they had gathered enough petition signatures.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara rampage shows gaps in state’s mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | | State


SF offers museum site for George Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee is offering George Lucas a spot on the city's scenic waterfront for the future home of the Star Wars creator's lifetime collection of art and movie memorabilia.

May 29, 2014 | | State


NorCal voters contemplate forming new state

RED BLUFF (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.

May 28, 2014 | | State


Evacuation lifted near SJV wildfire

MARIPOSA (AP) - Residents evacuated from the foothills near a Central California wildfire were allowed to return home Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | State


Dog in hero cat video euthanized

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A dog seen on security camera footage attacking a Central California boy until it is chased off by a cat has been euthanized.

May 28, 2014 | | State


California water release opponents suffer setback

FRESNO (AP) - Water will continue flowing from a reservoir east of Fresno for now after a judge rejected an attempt to turn off the spigots.

May 28, 2014 | | State


Bullying: Did boy choke himself?

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The Northern California case of a mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter took another turn Wednesday with the release of a private investigator's report suggesting the boy choked himself.

May 28, 2014 | | State


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