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Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


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PG&E appealing $1.4B penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 03, 2014 | | State


State senator sentencing in perjury case is delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Drought sends hay hay prices soaring

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Judge nixes language in soda tax measure

BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.

September 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FORM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet-train foes seek state State Supreme Court review

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Two judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Brown seeks federal aid for Napa quake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is turning to the White House in hopes of securing federal aid for the Napa Valley earthquake.

September 02, 2014 | | State


California experiment could lose funding

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding, a newspaper reported.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Jolts doesn’t stop Napa harvest

NAPA (AP) - The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

September 02, 2014 | | State


URBAN FARMING TAX BREAK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break, a newspaper reported.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Birds on old Bay Bridge pose challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews demolishing the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have run into an unusual challenge: birds that won't leave.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Cal Poly SLO seeks OK to cover felon donor’s name on scoreboard

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is asking a judge to allow the university to cover up the name of a convicted felon on its stadium scoreboard.

September 01, 2014 | | State


5 wounded in shooting at Livermore party

LIVERMORE (AP) - A suspect is in custody in connection with a shooting at a house party in the San Francisco Bay Area that left five people wounded.

September 01, 2014 | | State


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