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Democrat Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, whose Appalachian roots have given her a powerful affinity for the plight of the working poor, was sworn in Monday as the 69th speaker of the state Assembly.

May 12, 2014 | | State

State’s new computerized exam for students plagued by glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The trial rollout of California's new standardized exams, administered for the first time on computers, has been plagued by technical glitches, according to a newspaper investigation.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Porsche sued in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

May 12, 2014 | | State

School bus crashes with big rig

FRESNO (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, causing six injuries.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Transparency main focus in race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A string of legal cases against lawmakers that include two Democrats facing political corruption charges has magnified the usually quiet race for the office overseeing California elections and campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2014 | | State

School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.

May 11, 2014 | | State

State death-penalty reform initiative pushed to 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.

May 11, 2014 | | State

Man with DUI past killed by an alleged drunk driver

DANA POINT (AP) - An Orange County man recently released from rehab after three drunken driving convictions died when authorities say a 19-year-old man who had been drinking struck him, a newspaper reported.

May 11, 2014 | | State

Search for missing boaters suspended

FOLSOM (AP) - Search crews have temporarily suspended their search for four men who are presumed dead after their speedboat capsized on a lake east of Sacramento.

May 11, 2014 | | State

Satanic inmate sues Reno jail over his religious meals

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada inmate who says he practices Satanism is accusing county jailers of violating his constitutional rights by denying him meals consistent with the strict diet of his pagan religion, including ice cream.

May 09, 2014 | | State

McDonald’s tests seasoned french fries fries in Stocktom

STOCKTON (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.

May 09, 2014 | | State

2004: Caltrans mower starts 120 grass fire

10 years ago

May 09, 2014 | | State

Rules proposed for illegals’ driver’s license

SANTA ANA (AP) - California on Friday proposed requiring immigrants in the country illegally to present foreign government-issued identification to obtain a driver's license or go through an interview process using other documents to prove their identity.

May 09, 2014 | | State

Half Moon Bay beach access trial underway

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A judge required a billionaire technology mogul to testify at a trial underway over public access to a popular Northern California beach.

May 09, 2014 | | State

Young children could face bullying charges

CARSON (AP) - Children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in a Southern California city.

May 09, 2014 | | State

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Target of manhunt killed near Ridgecrest

RIDGECREST (AP) - An 18-day manhunt in the mountainous high desert of central California ended when two deputies opened fire on a man who pulled out ...

August 16, 2015 | | State

Drought brings early harvest in California’s wine country

HEALDSBURG (AP) - In Northern California's wine country, the 2015 harvest has arrived shockingly early, amid years of drought that have progressively shifted vines' growing ...

August 16, 2015 | | State

SF Bay Area school districts scramble amid teacher shortage

OAKLAND (AP) - A growing teacher shortage has left district officials across the San Francisco Bay Area scrambling to fill classrooms, with critical shortages in science ...

August 16, 2015 | | State

‘Star Wars’ themed land at planned at Disney parks

ANAHEIM (AP) - Disney theme parks have their sights on a galaxy far, far away.

August 16, 2015 | | State

Push for interpreters in all civil court cases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say there has been a 47 percent spike in car break-ins in San Francisco in the first half of this year ...

August 16, 2015 | | State

Tree limb falls on tent, kills campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say an oak tree limb fell on a tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park killing two young campers.

August 15, 2015 | | State

Campground closed after 2 squirrels die

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park said Friday they will temporarily close a popular campsite after two squirrels died of plague in ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Apple said to show interest in automotive testing facility

CUPERTINO (AP) - Adding fuel to rumors that Apple is working on designs for a car, local officials say engineers for the giant tech company recently ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Legislators debate push for police drones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California law enforcement agencies are looking to fly drones as an affordable and efficient way to monitor crime scenes, pursue suspects and search ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Rights groups: Schools block access to PE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of civil rights and community health groups in California has filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

California Highway Patrol officers, others eyed in killing

MODESTO (AP) - Three current and former California Highway Patrol officers, a prominent criminal defense lawyer and five other people were arrested Friday in connection with ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Fires burning as heat wave hits SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wildfires have burned a cabin and more than 130 acres of brushland as Southern California roasts in a heat wave.

August 14, 2015 | | State

El Nino talk: What does it mean?

FRESNO (AP) - Chances are strong that a record-setting El Nino is headed toward California this winter. What is unknown is how it will play out ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Great ferret debate may go on ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The great ferret debate is returning to California.

August 14, 2015 | | State

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