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Drone comes within 200 feet of airliner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A drone came within 200 feet of hitting a Lufthansa jet near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday - the latest run-in between aircraft and the increasingly popular unmanned flyers.

March 18, 2016 | | State


LA skyscraper plunge :A suicide?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether an electrician intentionally leaped to his death from the 53rd floor of Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper onto an intersection humming with a normal weekday's bustle, the coroner said Friday.

March 18, 2016 | | State


California state pension obligations nearly $64B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has nearly $64 billion in pension debt that eventually must be paid to current and former teachers and state workers - a figure more than $20 billion higher than previous estimates, state Controller Betty Yee reported Friday.

March 18, 2016 | | State


Dungeness crab health warning lifted for more of California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health officials say another swath of California's coast has been cleared for the catching and eating of Dungeness crabs because they no longer show high levels of a marine toxin.

March 18, 2016 | | State


Adobe beats Street 1Q Forecasts

SAN JOSE (AP) - Adobe Systems Inc. shares rose in after-hours trading Thursday after the software developer known for Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat posted better-than-expected quarterly results and raised its financial targets.

March 17, 2016 | | State


Islamic State inspired UC Merced stabbings

MERCED - A California college student who went on a stabbing rampage that wounded four people before he was shot down by a campus police officer was inspired by the Islamic State but acted alone, the FBI said Thursday.

March 17, 2016 | | State


California analyst slams high-speed rail business plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new $64 billion business plan for California's high-speed rail system fails to identify how to fill a multibillion-dollar shortfall and calls for locating the first segment in an unpopulated agricultural area, which "does not appear to be an effective approach," the state's legislative analyst said Thursday.

March 17, 2016 | | State


Google pushes for federal plan for self-driving cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel or pedals.

March 17, 2016 | | State


Mysterious power surges damage BART

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area commuters faced overcrowded trains, travel delays and other inconveniences for the second time in two weeks Thursday due to a mysterious electrical problem affecting the region's rail transit system.

March 17, 2016 | | State


California eases water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California further eased some water cutbacks Thursday as a rainy March lessens the state's five-year drought.

March 17, 2016 | | State


California man charged with attempting terrorist support

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Iraqi-born Palestinian man previously charged with lying to investigators about traveling to Syria was indicted Thursday on the more serious allegation of trying to support a terrorist group.

March 17, 2016 | | State


Guards getting 9% raise over 3 years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

March 16, 2016 | | State


Ron Unz joins race for Boxer’s US Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Another Republican has joined the race to succeed California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

March 16, 2016 | | State


UC Berkeley to review head coach’s role in harassment case

BERKELEY (AP) - Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, are reviewing whether the men's head basketball coach correctly handled sexual harassment allegations against one of his assistants.

March 16, 2016 | | State


Officer’s funeral procession along I-80

TRUCKEE (AP) - Dozens of law enforcement cruisers and officers on motorcycles joined a 120-mile funeral ride along Interstate 80 from Reno to Roseville, California on Wednesday for a CHP patrolman who was killed in the line of duty.

March 16, 2016 | | State


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Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170 ...

March 28, 2016 | | State


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


Arrests in ‘horrific’ killings

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A business associate of a popular practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine was arrested Friday in connection with what California authorities say was ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


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