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Protests planned across US to back Apple in battle with FBI order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Protesters are preparing to assemble in more than 30 cities to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December's mass shootings in Southern California.

February 21, 2016 | | State

Hear ye! Hear ye! Burlingame has first town crier in 100 years

BURLINGAME (AP) - The Northern California city of Burlingame hadn't had a town crier in more than a century but that changed this year after actor and property manager Richard Aptekar volunteered for the job.

February 21, 2016 | | State

Standards won’t ease for inmate firefighters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters, focusing instead on persuading county sheriffs to send more jail prisoners to the state program.

February 21, 2016 | | State

Vatican: Pope was not singling out Trump

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Pope Francis insisted Friday the pontiff was "in no way" launching an attack on Donald Trump, a U.S. presidential candidate, nor was he trying to sway voters by declaring someone who advocates building walls isn't Christian.

February 19, 2016 | | State

Border checkpoint scans eyes, faces of departing foreigners

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot - a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced Thursday.

February 18, 2016 | | State

FBI searches home of SoCal terror attack shooter’s brother

CORONA (AP) - The investigation into the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 people burst back into public view Thursday, when FBI agents searched the home of the brother of gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

February 18, 2016 | | State

Ex-state senator Yee asks judge to weigh wife’s illness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney for an ex-California state senator convicted of racketeering asked a judge to consider the senator's long history of public service and his wife's illness and sentence him to no more than five years and three months in prison, below the 8-year sentence recommended by prosecutors.

February 18, 2016 | | State

Los Angeles sues developer for $20M over fire damage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city on Thursday filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of the Da Vinci Apartments, alleging improper construction and security led to the damage of nearby city buildings when an arson fire nearly burned the massive complex to the ground.

February 18, 2016 | | State


SACRAMENTO (AP) - The decision to build the first leg of California's bullet train north to the San Francisco Bay Area instead of south as planned since 2012 marks an acknowledgement of the project's waning political support and an ongoing funding shortfall for a system that spans the state.

February 18, 2016 | | State

California safety board says no to mandatory condoms in porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.

February 18, 2016 | | State

Water board sues Army Corps over Los Angeles River dredging

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a regional water board accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating the federal Clean Water Act during two dredge and fill operations along the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

February 18, 2016 | | State

Posey says he’s committed to conserving water at his home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey would like to clear up one thing about his property landing on a list of excessive water users in the drought-ravaged Bay Area: The San Francisco Giants catcher insists he worked with landscapers to take appropriate measures to save water before he and his wife moved into their suburban home in 2013.

February 18, 2016 | | State

2 LA officers charged with rape on duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While one Los Angeles police officer acted as a lookout in the front seat of a departmental car, a 19-year-old woman working as a drug informant was forced to perform oral sex on his partner in the back seat after being told, "You have to do what the police tell you to do," the teenager said in a federal court filing.

February 17, 2016 | | State

Rain, snow hit California after record heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After three days of record-breaking heat, a cold front from Oregon brought high winds and rain to Northern California on Wednesday with gusts of up to 45 mph in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 17, 2016 | | State

Woman recants, California man freed after 18 years in prison

LAKEPORT (AP) - A man who spent 18 years in prison for child molestation has been ordered released after his victim recanted her abuse claims.

February 17, 2016 | | State

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Bill to increase farm overtime moves to California governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Four decades after he signed the nation's first law giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights, California Gov. Jerry Brown will again consider a ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

Congressmen blast California’s high- speed rail plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan lacks reliable funding sources and is in danger of ending up with only one line ...

August 29, 2016 | | State

Strict child vaccination law in effect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the ...

August 26, 2016 | | State

Bullet hits officer’s badge; fleeing suspect dies in fiery wreck

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A bullet fired by a fleeing domestic violence suspect deflected off a responding police officer's badge in an exchange of gunfire ...

August 26, 2016 | | State

Judge refuses to suspend California’s assisted death law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California judge on Friday rejected a request by physicians to immediately suspend a new state law allowing terminally ill people to ...

August 26, 2016 | | State

Brown signs bill banning coal-export funding at ports

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals.

August 26, 2016 | | State

Tank explodes at SoCal refinery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing ...

August 26, 2016 | | State

Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads in Sierra Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities ...

August 25, 2016 | | State

Audit IDs state waste, misuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state district engineer approved $3.9 million in payments to the firm that employed the worker's spouse and the ...

August 25, 2016 | | State

Boy in legal fight dies after ventilator removed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a swift end to a long legal battle, a brain-dead California toddler died Thursday after being taken off life support.

August 25, 2016 | | State

Activists: Will police be charged in sex scandal?

OAKLAND (AP) - Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to ...

August 25, 2016 | | State

Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California court said Thursday that a judge who was harshly criticized and subjected to a recall campaign for the leniency of ...

August 25, 2016 | | State

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