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Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

February 23, 2015 | | State


2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

February 22, 2015 | | State


It’s getting to be an expensive world after all

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

February 22, 2015 | | State


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LA Times: Bullet train fare estimate a bargain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the most recent estimate of the cost to ride California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a bargain at an average of $86.

May 10, 2015 | | State


Pistachio tree disorder may affect 20,000 acres

MODESTO (AP) - A nursery near Modesto sold pistachio trees with a disorder that officials say could affect as many as 20,000 acres of San Joaquin Valley orchards.

May 10, 2015 | | State


LA mayor OKs plan to clean and save polluted stormwater

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed off on an agreement to clean polluted storm runoff water and redirect it to the city's groundwater basin.

May 08, 2015 | | State


SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at city ballparks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

May 08, 2015 | | State


San Diego uses drinking water to fill lake for children’s fishing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.

May 08, 2015 | | State


BALLOT MEASURE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday received an extension to the deadline her office faced next week for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

May 07, 2015 | | State


3 people hit by paintballs in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (AP) - Three people were injured by green paintballs shot from a moving car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Airplane cabin cleaners sue over English-only work rule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Spanish-speaking airplane cabin cleaners sued their employer Thursday alleging they were required to speak only English at work, which virtually silenced them on the job.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Man shoots dog during altercation with transients

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Teen fights off man in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.

May 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police texting probe expands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.

May 07, 2015 | | State


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