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Chef faces sexual harassment lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello faces two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and refusal to pay his employees their due wages.

March 16, 2016 | | State


High school dumping its Rebels mascot

SAN LORENZO (AP) - A Northern California high school has gotten the go-ahead to ditch its Confederacy-related school mascot.

March 16, 2016 | | State


Drought emergency in question

FRESNO (AP) - Recent storms that nearly filled Northern California's major reservoirs and created a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada have some water districts questioning whether a drought emergency still exists.

March 15, 2016 | | State


Traffic Amnesty program helped thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State authorities reported Tuesday that tens of thousands of California drivers have had traffic fines and court fees reduced under an amnesty program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help the poor.

March 15, 2016 | | State


Homeless man who spotted fugitives gets $100K reward

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A homeless man from San Francisco who pointed police toward two Orange County inmates who had escaped from jail will get the lion's share of a $150,000 reward set up for their successful capture, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday.

March 15, 2016 | | State


Intruder shot by homeowner

ONTARIO (AP) - Authorities in Riverside County say a resident shot and wounded a man who allegedly broke into a home in Ontario.

March 15, 2016 | | State


Storms replenish key reservoirs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Ex-San Jose State students get jail for battering black roommate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Two former San Jose State University students were each sentenced Monday to 30 days of in-custody weekend work for forcing a bicycle lock around the neck of their black roommate.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Group seeks ethics review of top Brown aide over $100K in PG&E stock

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former executive of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. signed an agreement to protect the reputation of the utility as part of a $1 million settlement she reached with PG&E when she left to work as a top aide for the California governor, a consumer group alleged in a complaint filed with the state's political watchdog.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Berkeley moves to fire assistant men’s coach over sex harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - An assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, became the latest employee found to have violated the school's sexual harassment policy, drawing swift and serious sanctions Monday after complaints that punishment was too lenient in previous cases.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Berkeley moves to fire assistant men’s coach over sex harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - An assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, became the latest employee found to have violated the school's sexual harassment policy, drawing swift and serious sanctions Monday after complaints that punishment was too lenient in previous cases.

March 14, 2016 | | State


12-year-old killed, 14-year-old cousin wounded in shooting

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police appealed to the public Monday for help in finding the killer of a 12-year-old boy who died in a fusillade of bullets as he and his 14-year-old cousin walked to a convenience store in a gang-ridden section of San Bernardino.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Appeals court upholds injunction against marijuana delivery app

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to block a smartphone app that allowed people in Los Angeles to have medical marijuana delivered to them.

March 14, 2016 | | State


200 teens found partying at vacant, just sold home

EL DORADO HILLS (AP) - Northern California authorities busted a party over the weekend where more than 200 teenagers had trashed a vacant and recently sold home in the pricey town of El Dorado Hills.

March 14, 2016 | | State


Ride-hailing bills stall in committee; chair has taxi ties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two California bills to ease regulation of Uber and other ride-hailing companies have been bottled up for nearly a year in a committee chaired by a lawmaker whose brothers own a San Diego taxi company.

March 13, 2016 | | State


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Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170 ...

March 28, 2016 | | State


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


Arrests in ‘horrific’ killings

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A business associate of a popular practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine was arrested Friday in connection with what California authorities say was ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


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