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Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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Aid-in-dying law concerns some poor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California today becomes the latest state to allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives, raising worries among some ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans now swing votes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California's open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Three teenage boys arrested in attacks against Trump supporters

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California said Wednesday they have arrested three teenage boys involved in violent attacks against Donald Trump supporters after a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Your phone may sense everything around you

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings - the room's size, the location of doors and windows and ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Apple to start showing ads in App Store

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says that it will start showing paid ads when people search for apps in its popular mobile store.

June 08, 2016 | | State


HE’S GETTING HATEFUL, RACIST COMMENTS

REDDING (AP) - A California man singled out by Donald Trump as "my African-American" said Monday that he is now the target of harsh criticism, including ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


State Supreme Court allows governor’s prison plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown did not illegally gut an existing ballot initiative to try to get his plan to reduce the state's ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Bandaged shark bite victim is all smiles in hospital photo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who was attacked by a shark in Southern California was all smiles in a photograph taken as she recovers from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Californians beat drought-time conservation target for April

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians once again beat the state's drought-time order for water savings in April - one of the last months before officials transition from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Partner of San Bernardino victim urges tolerance of Muslims

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A man whose boyfriend was killed in the San Bernardino terror attack criticized Donald Trump's suggestion that Muslims be banned from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Market & Music in Manteca starts summer run Tuesday

The Penetrators Grove Band will kick off Market & Music in Manteca's 2016 summer run on Tuesday, June 7, at Library Park.

June 05, 2016 | | State


Special interests pour record $24M into lawmakers’ races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Special interest groups have poured a record $24 million so far into California legislative races ahead of Tuesday's primary election as real ...

June 05, 2016 | | State


Last known animal shelter gas chamber in California closed

COALINGA (AP) - An animal welfare organization says the state's last known gas chamber used to euthanize cats and dogs has been dismantled.

June 05, 2016 | | State


Girl laid to rest 145 years after 1st burial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The body of a girl found last month inside a small metal casket still holding a rose was laid to rest 145 ...

June 05, 2016 | | State


Sanders: Convention will be contested

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearing the end of the primary season, a defiant Bernie Sanders predicted Saturday that the Democratic presidential process would lead to a ...

June 05, 2016 | | State


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