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Drought forces farms to stop pumping river water

STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


California grows to 38.7 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Feds drop charges against hunter in Yosemite wildfire

FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


No hydrant system at torched utility pole yard in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Activists rally on police, labor issues

OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Inmates injured in Fresno blast seek $48M from PG&E

FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 3rd act

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Legislature must release lawmakers’ calendars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Agents will miss deadline to remove illegally owned weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Appeals court upholds ban on Nativity scene displays

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.

April 30, 2015 | | State


California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

STOCKTON (AP) - California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

April 29, 2015 | | State


State wants deeper greenhouse gas cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.

April 29, 2015 | | State


Suspected marijuana grower fatally shot

ELK GROVE (AP) - A game warden shot and killed a suspected marijuana grower Wednesday at a federal wildlife refuge near Sacramento, authorities said.

April 29, 2015 | | State


MJC offers free Drought Relief Training programs

MODESTO – Modesto Junior College (MJC) offers two Drought Relief Training programs funded through legislation signed into law in 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. MJC offers both irrigation technician training and logistics and warehouse technician training at no cost to eligible participants.

April 28, 2015 | | State


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LA Times: Bullet train fare estimate a bargain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the most recent estimate of the cost to ride California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a bargain at an average of $86.

May 10, 2015 | | State


Pistachio tree disorder may affect 20,000 acres

MODESTO (AP) - A nursery near Modesto sold pistachio trees with a disorder that officials say could affect as many as 20,000 acres of San Joaquin Valley orchards.

May 10, 2015 | | State


LA mayor OKs plan to clean and save polluted stormwater

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed off on an agreement to clean polluted storm runoff water and redirect it to the city's groundwater basin.

May 08, 2015 | | State


SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at city ballparks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

May 08, 2015 | | State


San Diego uses drinking water to fill lake for children’s fishing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.

May 08, 2015 | | State


BALLOT MEASURE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday received an extension to the deadline her office faced next week for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

May 07, 2015 | | State


3 people hit by paintballs in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (AP) - Three people were injured by green paintballs shot from a moving car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Airplane cabin cleaners sue over English-only work rule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Spanish-speaking airplane cabin cleaners sued their employer Thursday alleging they were required to speak only English at work, which virtually silenced them on the job.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Man shoots dog during altercation with transients

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Teen fights off man in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.

May 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police texting probe expands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.

May 07, 2015 | | State


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