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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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GOP governor hopeful Neel Kashkari: Brown oversaw middle-class downfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Scandals prompt ethics bills from Demos

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Group demands roadside cross removal in SoCal

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

MENLO PARK. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | | State


3rd graders at Sonora School caught with pot

SONORA (AP) - Police in Sonora are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Sacramento to launch ‘cash for grass’ program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to launch a "cash for grass" program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge wants GOP political Berryhill brothers fined for campaign violations

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Two brothers should be fined for illegally transferring money between their campaigns in 2008 when both were running for separate seats in the state Assembly in 2008, an administrative law judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge upholds San Jose’s gun magazine ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the second similar ruling from a federal court in less than a month.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker seeks apology for Obama-Hitler comparison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Jewish lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants an apology from a Republican candidate for California governor who compared President Barack Obama's gun control policies to those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit suing to reinstate canceled health benefit plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

March 05, 2014 | | State


NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


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