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Governor: Drought requires compromise

TULARE (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Feds approve more fracking off coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.

February 12, 2014 | | State


French leader in Bay Area for tech talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - France's president met with Silicon Valley and government leaders in the heart of tech country Wednesday, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.

February 12, 2014 | | State


LA takes first step toward urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.

February 12, 2014 | | State


San Diego gives GOP a win in mayor’s race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A moderate Republican city councilman scored a decisive win in the election for San Diego mayor, offering a dose of good news for a party that has fared poorly in California and in races to lead major American cities.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Calif. highway signs urge water conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is taking to the highways to spread the word about water conservation after months of drought.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Lady Gaga shoots video at Hearst Castle.

SAN SIMEON (AP) - Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video.

February 12, 2014 | | State


Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Feds warn of lasers pointed into cockpits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Airline pilots and federal officials launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview.

February 11, 2014 | | State


PG&E plans to heighten security after attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. renewed its support on Tuesday for a three-year, $86 million project to heighten security at electricity substations following the sabotage last April of one of its Silicon Valley facilities.

February 11, 2014 | | State


Man sentenced in counterfeit cash scheme

CLOVIS (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiring to buy, receive, alter and pass counterfeit money.

February 11, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• RACIST, SEXIST FLIERS FOUND AT USC, UCLA CAMPUSES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Campus police are investigating fliers with profane, racist and sexist language that have been distributed at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

February 11, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice Kennard retiring

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The longest-serving current justice of the California Supreme Court announced Tuesday that she is retiring.

February 11, 2014 | | State


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Evacuation orders lifted after storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Browns frets USA may turn into stoner nation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Pair of deputies kill armed man

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man armed with an assault rifle on Sunday morning after he pointed a handgun at them.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Construction lag drives up prices

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction on new Southern California homes is lagging, and that's driving up prices for would-be middle-class homebuyers amid a reduced inventory.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Judge says 2 California laws unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge tolls to increase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area officials have decided to increase tolls for drivers crossing the Golden Gate Bridge by $2 by 2018.

February 28, 2014 | | State


Heavy rain storm not a drought buster

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides.

February 28, 2014 | | State


State health officials: Outbreaks of three rare diseases not linked

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Small but unusual outbreaks of tuberculosis, measles and an extremely rare polio-like disease in several regions across California have set off concerns about the risks of exposure. All the infectious disease reports are actively being investigated, and California health officials say it is sheer coincidence that they arose at the same time.

February 28, 2014 | | State


4 indicted SF police officers plead not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stripped of their guns and pay, four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges contained in federal corruption indictments that could send each to prison for a decade or more.

February 28, 2014 | | State


Soccer coach guilty of molesting 15 children

LANCASTER (AP) - A former Southern California soccer coach has been convicted of molesting 15 children.

February 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN JOSE FIREFIGHTER WON'T FACE CHILD SEX CHARGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to charge a veteran Northern California firefighter who was arrested in a drug sting with child molestation, but still plan to pursue felony charges of selling and possessing methamphetamine against him.

February 28, 2014 | | State


Gap’s 4th-quarter profit down 12.5 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 12.5 percent as the clothing retailer discounted heavily over the holiday shopping season to entice customers.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Court: Drivers can read cellphone maps

FRESNO (AP) - Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Google barge will leave SF Bay for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Google's mystery barge is heading on a short cruise to comply with an order requiring it to move from its current home on a San Francisco Bay island.

February 27, 2014 | | State


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