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Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed to 600 million barrels from 13.7 billion

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.

May 21, 2014 | | State


After years of super sizing, Las Vegas hotels go boutique

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Famous SF street to see summer closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."

May 20, 2014 | | State


2 convicted of bear trap tampering

TRUCKEE (AP) - A mother and her adult daughter have been convicted of tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in an effort to thwart wildlife officials' efforts to capture the animals.

May 20, 2014 | | State


State adopts rules for self-driving car testing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has new rules that govern the testing of self-driving cars on public roads.

May 20, 2014 | | State


State wants to exempt itself from its own environmental review laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday in a state appellate court.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Bikini coffee shop agrees to change drink names

CLOVIS (AP) - A Central California drive-thru coffee shop with scantily clad baristas is renaming some of its drinks after complaints that the original names were too racy.

May 20, 2014 | | State


$60M Texas high school stadium closed by cracks

ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento voting on $47M arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento's city council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a $477 million downtown arena for the Kings, capping off a lengthy struggle to keep the NBA franchise and build it a new home.

May 20, 2014 | | State


City clerk resigns with colorful e-mail

PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California city official has resigned from her post as city clerk in a scathing email accusing city council members of "misogynistic jokes" and "pathetic pandering" and sarcastically wishing them the best of luck finding "some schmuck" to take her place.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Injured veteran to row from California to Hawaii

LONG BEACH (AP) - A paraplegic Marine Corps veteran is gearing up to row more than 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.

May 20, 2014 | | State


LA subway getting $2.1B federal promise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials are promising another big dose of cash to help expand Los Angeles' growing public transit network - this time, $2.1 billion in grants and loans to extend a subway line into Beverly Hills.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Underwater 3D movie gives different view of Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Visitors to Lake Tahoe soaking up the view of the sparkling azure waters will get a close-up look beneath the surface in a new 3D movie being produced by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

May 19, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Egyptian teen inventor to seek asylum fearing his arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Egyptian teenager who traveled to the United States to showcase an invention at a science fair has decided to seek asylum, fearing he will be arrested if he returns home, his lawyer said Monday.

May 19, 2014 | | State


Catholic high school apologizes for not including yearbook photo of girl in tux

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Catholic high school issued a public apology Monday to a student and her family for refusing to include a portrait of the girl wearing a tuxedo in its yearbook.

May 19, 2014 | | State


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Workers in tech case likely to get $4K each

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.

May 23, 2014 | | State


Record-low rainfall means cleaner beach water

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.

May 23, 2014 | | State


Bill would ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.

May 23, 2014 | | State


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