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New state budget expands welfare

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | | State

6 killed when balcony collapse during a party

BERKELEY (AP) - A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic early Tuesday when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured.

June 16, 2015 | | State

Woman told to take down her lost dog signs

CLOVIS (AP) - A Clovis woman whose dog has been missing for two months is being told by the city to remove her lost dog signs.

June 16, 2015 | | State

Lawmakers cut reporting rules for high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure approved by legislative Democrats this week cuts the reporting requirements for the agency that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail program, requiring spending reports to the Legislature every two years instead twice per year, prompting critics to charge that oversight is being scaled back.

June 16, 2015 | | State

Coalition: Farmers illegally taking water

FRESNO (AP) - A group of public water agencies that serves millions of Californians asked the state on Tuesday to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating their crops amid the relentless drought.

June 16, 2015 | | State

Legislature OKs record $117.5 billion budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.

June 15, 2015 | | State


• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.

June 15, 2015 | | State

Court rules for city in affordable housing fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

June 15, 2015 | | State

Photos aim counter ‘black dog’ theory

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.

June 14, 2015 | | State

Lawmakers voting on $117.5B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.

June 14, 2015 | | State

Giant purple sea slugs slime Bay Area beaches

ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.

June 14, 2015 | | State

Gun blamed for rise in shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.

June 14, 2015 | | State

Donation center gets rare painting valued at $20,000

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A donation center in San Diego has received a landscape painting that turned out to be a rare work by early 20th century wildlife artist John Fery that's worth more than $20,000.

June 14, 2015 | | State

Brown, lawmakers continue budget talks ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have scheduled a vote Monday on a $117.5 billion spending plan that increases social spending for the poor even though Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed off on that version of the budget.

June 13, 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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