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Much-needed snow bound for parched Sierra

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - As much as 2 feet of snow is possible atop the Sierra by Thursday as the first significant storm in nearly two months blows in none too soon for a drought-stricken region where wildfire threats are unseasonably high.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Hundreds of living, dead pythons in home

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Thousands attend BART police officer's funeral

CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Thousands of police officers, family and loved ones were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral Wednesday of a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Drought forces fishing bans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California on Wednesday banned fishing in some of the state's drought-stricken streams in an effort to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead, which rely on coastal waterways to grow and spawn.

January 29, 2014 | | State


17 California communities could have extreme shortage in 4 months

SAN JOSE (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Firm penalized $1.75M for false weight loss ads made to California consumers

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A company that sold alleged weight loss and body cleansing products in California will pay about $1.75 million in penalties and restitution for making false advertising claims.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Obama pledges support amid California drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling California's governor that the federal government will do what's necessary to help with a historic drought afflicting the state.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Driver with man on windshield says she panicked

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield says she can't remember hitting him.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Assembly to tackle pension fund shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state's deficit and is estimated as high as $80 billion.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Orange schools banning e-cigarettes

ORANGE . (AP) - Electronic smoking devices will soon be among tobacco products prohibited by Orange Unified School District.

January 29, 2014 | | State


News from around california

SF POLICE SHOOT AND KILL DOG THAT MAULED 2 MEN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say one pit bull has been killed and a second captured after mauling one man and also injuring their owner.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Appellate court will hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state's high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had requested.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Expulsion vote due for kids in computer hacking

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."

January 28, 2014 | | State


Bill will reduce challenges to prospective jurors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State


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YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


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