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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


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


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Scientist names moth species after Trump

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the ...

January 19, 2017 | | State


Trump pays $25M to settle lawsuits

SAN DIEGO (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge's approval ...

January 19, 2017 | | State


Paying IRS late strategic move for some

NEW YORK (AP) - The idea of paying taxes late and incurring IRS interest charges elicits a stern "Don't do that!" from many tax professionals ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in USA

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Trump’s 1st home up for auction for 2nd time in 3 months

NEW YORK (AP) - The first property connected to Republican President-elect Donald Trump has become a hot spot for real estate deal-making.

January 17, 2017 | | State


Lowe’s planning 2,400 layoffs for full-time workers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina-based home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's told approximately 2,400 full-time workers that they will be laid ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Unfilled border tunnels in Mexico a security risk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation ...

January 15, 2017 | | State


US accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Amazon planning to hire 100,000 in next 18 months

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans - and the sharp ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Arby’s to sell venison sandwiches in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Fans of venison in Nebraska can go from the end of deer hunting season this weekend to sandwich hunting season at Arby ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Nevada casinos turn profit in fiscal 2016; 1st since 2008

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's biggest casinos combined to turn a profit in fiscal 2016 for the first time in eight years, but it wasn ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Huge shift: Snowfall goes from 67% to 161%:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Recent storms bearing some of the heaviest snow and rain to hit Northern California in decades have helped bring a dramatic turnaround ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


STORMS CARRY WALLOP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Obama expands coastal national monument

EUREKA (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded the territory of the California Coastal National Monument, adding six sites and more than 6,000 acres ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Flames spew from south state fire station while crew is away

BUENA PARK (AP) - Flames poured from the windows of a fire station on a rainy Southern California morning, the raging blaze destroying firefighting vehicles and ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


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