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Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State

Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State

Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State

Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State

3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State

Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State

Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State

Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State

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Report details trapped firefighters’ ordeal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four California firefighters were in serious trouble almost immediately after a helicopter dropped them near ground zero of what they thought would ...

October 05, 2015 | | State

Shooter showed little sympathy

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand up.

October 04, 2015 | | State

Heavy rain, hundreds rescued

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Kennedy memoir takes hard look

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses what ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

$100M resort planned for Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - A multimillion-dollar resort will put roots down on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe's south shore.

October 04, 2015 | | State

SF’s last gun store closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

More California winemakers use less water to grow grapes

RUTHERFORD (AP) - The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

State may ban concealed handguns on campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions on guns with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge designer fears leaks damaging main cable

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead designer of the Bay Bridge has warned Caltrans that the cable that holds up the new bridge's eastern span ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Berkeley requests recommendation letters from freshmen applicants

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, will ask some freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors this fall, and the ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

High-speed rail seeks private investors

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has received 35 responses from private companies interested in financing, building and operating the first 300-mile segment of ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Plastic bag manufacturers file second ballot measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers filed a second ballot measure on Friday in California's fight over a statewide plastic bag ban.

October 03, 2015 | | State

LA County leases 2 more firefighting aircraft

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County has leased two additional SuperScooper firefighting aircraft from Canada as a precaution in case of fall wildfires in Southern ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Homeland Security seizes Stockton Mayor Silva’s electronics at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A mayor of a Northern California city said Homeland Security agents briefly detained him and seized his laptop and cellphone earlier this ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Recreational spiny lobster season opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's recreational spiny lobster season opening Saturday is expected to see plentiful catches because of the El Nino ocean-warming event occurring ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

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