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Hydro-power crunch due to drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze - not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.

March 22, 2015 | | State


Tahoe resorts look beyond snow for tourists

TRUCKEE (AP) - As another Sierra ski resort prepared to close for the season on Sunday due to a lack of snow, businesses around Lake Tahoe have started looking beyond the barren slopes as they rethink how to draw visitors during the colder winter months.

March 22, 2015 | | State


California overtime tops $1 billion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Overtime for California's state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.

March 22, 2015 | | State


Techies spur SoCal home buying

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet moguls like Amazon's Jeff Bezos aren't the only techies snatching up real estate in Southern California.

March 22, 2015 | | State


LA spent $22K to get killer to dinner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department used an invalid court order and spent $22,000 to bring an imprisoned killer and former gang leader to speak to an exclusive dinner for private executives, according to a report released Friday.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Missing art student found at shelter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police spent nearly two weeks and thousands of dollars searching for a missing 22-year-old art student across Southern California before she called her father from a Los Angeles shelter after seeing news reports about her case and asked to come home.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Review cites prison guards’ problems with guns, alcohol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated, the department's inspector general said Friday.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Dogs rescued from Asian meat farms brought to California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Brown wants $1B in drought spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Napolitano apologizes for disparaging remark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open microphone at a Board of Regents meeting.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Heat wave cooks poppies at Southern California reserve

LANCASTER (AP) - The recent heat wave was a blooming catastrophe for Southern California's poppy reserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Sugar Bowl suspends skiing Sunday as drought takes toll

TRUCKEE (AP) - Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.

March 19, 2015 | | State


No ban on use of private email by officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has no blanket policy restricting the use of personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's among about two dozen states that have no clear rules or precedent-setting cases addressing whether those communications are public records.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Justin Bieber sued by former neighbor for assault, distress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's former neighbor claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the pop singer spit in his face and terrorized his family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Filipino workers sue SoCal bakery alleging forced labor, scant pay

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filipino workers brought to this country by the husband-and-wife owners of a bakery have sued the business and the couple, claiming they were forced to do laundry and yard work, received meager wages and told they would have to pay off a hefty debt if they tried to leave.

March 19, 2015 | | State


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Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at age 47 in Hollywood Hills home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Did man carve name into girlfriend’s chest?

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities say an Orange County man carved his name into his girlfriend's chest with a razor blade while holding her hostage and threatening her.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Two die in medical office shooting

FRESNO (AP) - A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


San Bruno wants PG&E fined $1.6B

SAN BRUNO (AP) - Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Tenth of SJ Valley smog coming in from Asia sources

DAVIS (AP) - Up to 10 percent of the smog in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley is coming from outside the state - much of it from 6,000 miles away, in Asia, researchers in California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Purported kidnappers want apology from California police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two major California newspapers say they've received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Woman uses stun gun on Walmart customers

FRESNO (AP) - Police have arrested a woman for allegedly shocking several people with a pink stun gun at a Walmart store in Fresno.

March 31, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.

March 31, 2015 | | State


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