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Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State

California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State

5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State

UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State

Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State

Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State

State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State

California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State

Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State

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TRUCKEE (AP) - Scientists in the Sierra Nevada have started tracking a mule deer herd north of Lake Tahoe with radio collars to try to learn ...

August 10, 2015 | | State

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