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Fire crews increase staffing earlier due to severe drought

SANTA BARBARA. (AP) - In a reflection of California's bone-dry conditions after four years of drought, fire agencies along the state's central and southern coasts are ramping up staffing levels well before they normally do.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Farms face steep water cuts in water district deemed urban

VALLEY CENTER (AP) - A San Diego municipal water agency appealed to the state to revise proposed water cutbacks because most of its users are farmers and they fear abundant avocado and citrus crops will dry up.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Transgender teen kills self after bullying

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 16-year-old transgender girl who spoke on YouTube about being bullied at school in Southern California killed herself, a support group said, raising questions about what educators can and should do to support students who change gender identity.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Deputies put on leave in violent arrest

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California sheriff placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave Friday after a TV station recorded several of them kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase during which the suspect rode away on a stolen horse.

April 10, 2015 | | State


San Diego deploying water cops

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.

April 10, 2015 | | State


FBI to probe forced SF jail-fighting allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Regulators weigh splitting up PG&E after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill sparks acidic debate

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.

April 10, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSDS CALIFORNIA

BAKERSFIELD MAN HELD AFTER LITTLE BOY SLAPPED ON VIDEO: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Biden praises PG&E for its workforce training program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.

April 10, 2015 | | State


New water-efficiency standards for faucets

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PG&E won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Feds investigate 2 freeway pipe bombs

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.

April 09, 2015 | | State


FIRING AMERICANS?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials.

April 09, 2015 | | State


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Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

OROVILLE (AP) - Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may ...

June 30, 2015 | | State


Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

June 30, 2015 | | State


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