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Farmworkers union claims win in SJ Valley labor battle

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Organized labor claimed a victory in a decades-long fight with one of the nation's largest fruit growers when a judge ruled that the company interfered with its employees' vote on whether to reject union representation.

September 18, 2015 | | State

Some say they weren’t warned

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - High school math teacher Bill Davis watched from his home as smoke mounted from one of the most destructive fires in California in recent memory.

September 18, 2015 | | State

2 die in foothills fire

MOUNTAIN RANCH (AP) - Two bodies were found at the site of a wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while dogs were used Wednesday to search for a former police reporter and several other people who authorities fear were killed in a separate, fast-moving blaze in Northern California.

September 16, 2015 | | State

LA, Vegas ink $45M water deal

LOS ANGLES (AP) - Water managers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are poised to adopt a drought-driven deal to send enough water to serve about 300,000 homes annually from the Lake Mead reservoir to Southern California.

September 16, 2015 | | State

4 charged with kidnap, torture of couple at marijuana store

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Four people have been charged with kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a couple for days at a Central California marijuana supply store.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Battered by wildfires, Lake County remains resilient

LOWER LAKE (AP) - A Northern California county known for its large freshwater lake and clothing-optional hot springs resort recently has gained attention for something else: several devastating wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent much of its population scrambling for shelter.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Teen not responsible for sex with teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles school district was wrong when it argued that a 14-year-old girl shared responsibility for sexual abuse by a teacher because she consented to the sex, a California appeals court said Wednesday, overturning a jury verdict in favor of the district.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Magazine ranks UOP No. 6 among state’s private colleges

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific tied with University of San Francisco for the No. 6 spot among California private institutions on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities.

September 14, 2015 | | State


STOCKTON - "Tents that once protected entire families from temperatures reaching 115 degrees, deteriorating before their eyes. Young children developing skin diseases and a rash of illnesses from just a lack of simple hygiene. ISIS on one side determined to kill them should they leave their compounds. Death from a simple lack of concern by the rest of the world, should they decide to stay."

September 14, 2015 | | State

Brown confronts political setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has grown accustomed to reveling in political victories since his return to the state capital in 2011, his national luster restored by shoring up the state's finances and the spotlight on his agenda to cut carbon emissions.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Special needs student found dead on bus

WHITTIER Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who was found dead on a school bus as a special needs student who regularly rode the bus to his home in Whittier.

September 13, 2015 | | State

LA police, city vehicles go green with 160 electrics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sounds of city vehicles on Los Angeles streets are about to get a bit quieter.

September 13, 2015 | | State

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Exhibit’s CT-scanned mummies give new look at old world

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping? There will be a rare chance to find out when "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" opens Sept. 18 at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Appeals court blocks pesticide use over concerns about bees dying off

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years.

September 10, 2015 | | State

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Making a living driving driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - After a friend recommended that he join a secret Google project six years ago, Brian Torcellini suddenly found himself on the road ...

September 30, 2015 | | State

Google unveils phones with ‘Marshmallow’ flavor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is countering the release of Apple's latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed ...

September 30, 2015 | | State

Tesla’s 1st SUV, the Model X, is finally debuting

FREMONT (AP) - Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has mastered the sporty two-seater and the elegant sedan. Now, it wants to conquer the family hauler.

September 30, 2015 | | State

Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more

SAN JOSE (AP) - Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you're bound to see several with cracked screens.

September 30, 2015 | | State

Reforms: No savings or spike in crime

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Landmark changes in California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of convicts ...

September 29, 2015 | | State

Dating apps fire back at LA billboards linking STD spread

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An AIDS health care group is defending an ad campaign in Los Angeles that links popular dating apps with the spread of ...

September 29, 2015 | | State

Prosecutor links figure in Chinatown probe to 2006 slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The government has evidence that a man charged in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown also ...

September 28, 2015 | | State

Effort to repeal California vaccine law faces deadline

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Supporters of an effort to repeal California's new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough ...

September 28, 2015 | | State

Vandals strike after pope canonizes Serra

CARMEL (AP) - Vandals defaced a statue of Father Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission, where the remains of the recently canonized missionary are buried, police ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

UC Davis treats pets badly burned in two wildfires

DAVIS (AP) - Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery crouched beside the cage of a long-haired, black-and-white cat with blisters and second-degree burns on all four paws. She stroked ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Power company wants ratepayers to pay for fires

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Gas and Electric is seeking authority to bill its customers $379 million for legal settlement costs left over from 2007 ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Murder suspect mistakenly freed found

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton authorities have arrested an Abbeville man who had been mistakenly released from a Louisiana jail while awaiting trial on a first-degree murder ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Modi touts social media, tech

MENLO PARK (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the power of social media and his own goals for developing India's tech economy on ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

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