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Just why is here dog doing ‘potty dance’?

DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca

November 09, 2014 | | State


Hydrants target of water thieves

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bishop under fire for Reid criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides for organic crops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Pandora founder’s vacation home plans rile Marin town

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Eureka voters nix hiking minimum

EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Oversight of nursing home chains lacking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Homeless advocates stage subway protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.

November 09, 2014 | | State


DeMaio concedes San Diego House race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Immigrant lawyer hopes to inspire others

CHICO (AP) - Sergio Garcia is a civil litigation lawyer in California who represents clients in car accidents.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Fresno mom files claim over girl’s school special ed ‘cage’

FRESNO (AP) - The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim - the precursor to a lawsuit - against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge wrong-way driver arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 32-year-old woman whom authorities say drove the wrong way and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Prisoners freed quickly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot measure passed by voters this week is already freeing California suspects from jail as their felony charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and people previously convicted of the charges receive reduced sentences as they appear in court.

November 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E backs out of Oakley power plant

OAKLEY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is backing out of plans for a power plant in a Contra Costa County city.

November 07, 2014 | | State


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Mudslide death toll hits 20; search for victims continues

MONTECITO . (AP) - Parishioners prayed Sunday for those killed and for families still searching for missing relatives in a Southern California community ravaged by mudslides, and ...

January 14, 2018 | | State


State burn areas brace for rain, possible mudslides

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forecasters say a storm expected to bring heavy rain to California could drop several inches in recent burn areas, raising the risk ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Judge aims to referee fight over Manson’s remains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The fight over the body and possessions of apocalyptic cult leader Charles Manson has fragmented into at least three camps competing over ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


High or dry? State legal pot to test supply pipeline

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state's legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway - at ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Packed ERs, deaths as flu hits state hard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The flu has hit California so hard this season, pharmacies have run out of medicine to treat it, emergency rooms are packed ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Memorial held for CHP officer killed in DUI crash

STOCKTON (AP) - A California Highway Patrol rookie killed by a drunken driving suspect in the San Francisco Bay Area was remembered Saturday as a loving ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Legal recreational marijuana: What you need to know

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California on Monday became the nation's largest state to offer legal recreational marijuana sales. Here's a snapshot of how the ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Retail outlets celebrate legal marijuana sales

OAKLAND (AP) - It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Some lawsuits can proceed over cigarettes touted as being natural

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


Trump looks at delivering more water to farmers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California's Central Valley Project, the ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at SoCal law firm

LONG BEACH (AP) - A man walked into the Southern California law firm where he worked and shot two men Friday before turning the gun on ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


DMV cracks down on improper use of car placards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials plan to crack down on thousands of "dead" drivers.

December 29, 2017 | | State


Medley of agencies enforcing pot laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


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