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DOG GETS REPRIEVE AFTER BITING FIREFIGHTER: PETALUMA (AP) - A dog that bit a Northern California firefighter has been granted a reprieve by animal control officers.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Hollywood is less gay-friendly off-screen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Wind farm eagle protection plan released

RIO VISTA (AP) - A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Law address prescription of drug overdoses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs.

September 27, 2013 | | State


State. establishes mattress-recycling program & fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is designed to deter the illegal dumping of old mattresses and keep them out of landfills by creating a recycling system.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Artists to retrace 'Grapes of Wrath' journey

SALINAS (AP) - A trio of artists soon will travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Davis mother arrested in death of girl in trunk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found clinging to life in the trunk of a parked car in a quiet Sacramento neighborhood.

September 27, 2013 | | State


Study’s target: In the end, will Obamacare work?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A national health policy nonprofit on Thursday announced it is making California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrest in Miss Teen USA extortion try

SANTA ANA (AP) - A 19-year-old man has appeared in a California courtroom to face charges of hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women then trying to extort nude photos from them.

September 26, 2013 | | State


OT coming for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Farmers face labor shortages in fields

FRESNO (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Media watchdogs to challenge radio station's license renewal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two media watchdog groups will challenge the broadcast license renewal of a Sacramento radio affiliate held financially responsible for the death of a woman participating in a water-drinking contest.

September 26, 2013 | | State


LAPD to brief private security on mall attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau will meet with private security leaders next month to discuss lessons learned from a Nairobi terrorist attack that left 67 people dead.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Progress made against Southern Calif. wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrests in California-Nevada recycling fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California, the California Department of Justice said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | State


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Ill Californians may take life- ending drugs starting in June

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Terminally ill California residents will be able to legally end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor beginning June 9.

March 11, 2016 | | State


California struggles to remove illegal guns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have a backlog for the foreseeable future in a unique firearms seizure program even if state lawmakers approve permanent funding, officials ...

March 11, 2016 | | State


Jury: No excessive force in San Francisco police shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers did not use excessive force when they shot and killed a college student at a park, a ...

March 11, 2016 | | State


Blizzard closes I-80 for several hours

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms raged throughout California on Monday, walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions and briefly knocking out power at the Los ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Son of Nancy & Ronald Reagan inspired by their devotion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The son of Nancy and Ronald Reagan says he was inspired by his parents' unfailing devotion to each other during their half-century ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Former Head Start leader takes over state Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Speaker Anthony Rendon, a former Head Start director who ascended to the chamber's top spot Monday, says he plans to use his ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Nancy Reagan funeral plans announced for this Friday

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - The funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan will be held on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Gladys Knight sings ‘Happy Birthday’ during traffic stop

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah police officer who pulled over a car carrying iconic soul singer Gladys Knight was treated to an impromptu rendition ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Police arrest suspected robber at Subway restaurant

ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Anaheim have shot and wounded a suspected robber at a Subway restaurant after seeing him hold two employees hostage at knifepoint.

March 06, 2016 | | State


Drive bypasses roadblock, downs in water on Route 70

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman died in Northern California after being trapped in a car that became submerged in floodwater on a section of highway that ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Snowy plovers spotted in record numbers in The City

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of Western snowy plover in its overwintering grounds in San Francisco has quadrupled this year but experts say the increase ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Doctor confidence necessary part of quality care

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have great confidence in my doctor, but my friends and family are concerned about my medical care. I'm in my ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Sailors face more lenient body fat rules

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


7-month-old Pug’s separation anxiety

DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is 7 months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Nguyen inspired by her family

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jacqueline Nguyen knows adversity.

March 06, 2016 | | State


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