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New reality dawns for LBGT community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Palm Springs Tourism Bureau was ready when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Within an hour of the high court handing down its decision Wednesday, the bureau launched a wedding web site featuring photographs of same-sex couples and spotlighting the desert city's gay and lesbian resorts.

June 27, 2013 | | State


BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Around the State

ASPCA USES PHOTOS IN FIGHT OVER PUPPY MILLS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease. The pictures were taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past few years and were obtained through a public-records ...

June 26, 2013 | | State


Marine murder conviction overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days Court ruling makes California same-sex unions legal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Obama aims to tackle climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

June 25, 2013 | | State


Around the State

JUDGE TAKING NO ACTION IN JACKSON GUARDIANSHIP: LOS ANGELES - A judge said Tuesday he will make no changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with attorneys for their caretakers. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized on June 5 for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife. Beckloff ordered an investigator to interview Jackson's children, including Prince and Blanket, and report back to him.

June 25, 2013 | | State


LA plans to slash imported water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The thirsty metropolis of Los Angeles plans to slash its use of imported water and instead spend up to $800 million to create drinking water pulled from one of the nation's largest Superfund pollution sites.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Bill to fix records act change heads to Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would undo previous changes that threatened to reduce access to local government documents.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

June 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BODY FOUND IN TRASH CAN DUMPED IN REMOTE OC AREA: BREA (AP) - Authorities say a driver made a grisly discovery in the Orange County city of Brea - a body in a trash can.

June 24, 2013 | | State


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Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


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