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Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Lightning strikes spark new wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

June 28, 2015 | | State


35 counties extend health care to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers tie $20 million in grants to police use of force

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the ...

June 28, 2015 | | State


Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino

CUPERTINO (AP) - A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Ruling makes pride parades jubilant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with ...

June 28, 2015 | | State


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