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CALIFORNIA BOY, 9, IS YOUNGEST TO REACH ACONCAGUA SUMMIT: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A 9-year-old boy from Southern California has become the youngest person in recorded history to reach the summit of Argentina's Aconcagua mountain, which at 22,841 feet (6,962 meters) is the tallest peak in the Western and Southern hemispheres.

December 27, 2013 | | State


Interest boosts twin tunnels to $67B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New figures that factor in long-term financing costs have more than doubled the estimated $25 billion price tag for a plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a newspaper reported Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | | State


Preparing for transgender rights law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

December 26, 2013 | | State


Lake Tahoe resorts pad slopes with own snow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe ski resorts are making up for what Mother Nature has failed to provide.

December 26, 2013 | | State


‘Grace period’ for insurance ends Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday's deadline, the agency running California's health exchange said Tuesday.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Deported mom reunited with Turlock family

TURLOCK (AP) - A mother who says she was abruptly deported to her native Honduras three years ago without the chance to say goodbye to her young children has been reunited with her family in Central California.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Brain dead girl’s family may appeal

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy was trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible, with a tree and presents in her hospital room, her uncle said.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Traditions help heal after Santa slayings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.

December 25, 2013 | | State


‘Coping decade after fatal Christmas mudslide

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A decade after a Christmas Day mudslide swept through a Southern California church mountain retreat, worshippers have continued their mission at a new spot.

December 25, 2013 | | State


UC experiments with online classes across campuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students enrolled in the University of California system soon will be able to take online courses offered by campuses besides their own.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Death Valley puts brakes on running, cycling races

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - The Badwater 135, a sweat-lathered, endurance race that runs through the hottest place in the world in the middle of the summer will be taking a detour in 2014 after Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Health exchange struggles with heavy volume

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday's deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand.

December 23, 2013 | | State


News from across the Bay

JUDGE: SAN JOSE CANNOT CUT EMPLOYEE PENSIONS: SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge has ruled that San Jose cannot implement voter-approved cuts to employee pensions, but can cut salaries to meet the savings expected from the reduced pensions.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Judge tells hospital to keep treating ‘brain dead’ teen-ager on life support

OAKLAND (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

December 23, 2013 | | State


CPUC returns $375K penalty to PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a newspaper reported.

December 23, 2013 | | State


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Carjacking try ends in death of suspect

SOUTH GATE (AP) - Police in a Los Angeles suburb have shot and killed a gunman they say tried to carjack a driver at a fast-food restaurant.

January 11, 2015 | | State


Pair attempts world’s hardest climb up Yosemite’s El Capitan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are attempting what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park using only their hands and feet.

January 09, 2015 | | State


One climber just 1,000 feet from El Capitan top

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of the men making a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park is now just 1,000 feet from finishing the groundbreaking climb.

January 09, 2015 | | State


Harris, Newsom among potential replacements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement will leave California with an open Senate seat for the first time in nearly a quarter-century and no shortage of potential candidates to fill the powerful position.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

January 08, 2015 | | State


She hopes Internet fame translates to TV

PASADENA (AP) - A 380-pound North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than six million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Feds criticize CPUC regulators for poor pipeline oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California utility regulators are plagued by investigative backlogs and poorly documented probes that rarely result in penalties against companies, federal authorities said in an audit.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Newspaper’s building defaced after it uses ‘illegals’ in headline

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Sex offenders will take lie-detector tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California will make paroled sex offenders take periodic lie detector tests as a way to gauge their behavior patterns and perhaps prevent new sex crimes.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Netflix says it wants to stream ‘The Interview’

PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Team says it will stop sales of shirts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Attendants fired for refusing to fly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Audit blasts financial management

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Federal judge blocks ban on foie gras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats press Gov. Brown to increase spending for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.

January 07, 2015 | | State


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