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Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State

Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State

Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State

Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State

Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State

Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State

Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Proposition 47 lowers penalties for crimes such as drug possession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Student held in school threat in California

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Peevey departing CPUC in 3 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Apply now: Obama gets a job offer

SANTA MONICA (AP) - He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Vehicle sparks caused Yosemite wildfire that killed air-tanker pilot

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday.

October 09, 2014 | | State

King fire fully contained after weeks

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - A massive California wildfire that burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen houses and drove thousands from their homes has finally been fully contained nearly a month after it broke out.

October 09, 2014 | | State

Prison guard arrested in pot case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state prison guard was among five people arrested following an eight-month investigation into marijuana cultivation activities in Sacramento.

October 09, 2014 | | State

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California: $12B rainy day fund?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could end fiscal 2016 with nearly $12 billion in its rainy day fund if the state's economic recovery continues and lawmakers ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

Judge: Divorced couple’s embryos can be discarded

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her ...

November 18, 2015 | | State

1st Taco Bell being moved

DOWNEY (AP) - Taco Bell is rescuing its first restaurant by moving it to another city.

November 18, 2015 | | State

Tech Big Texas welcome for Google self- driving cars

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With Google's self-driving cars slowed in a gridlock of California regulation, Texas is offering a fast lane.

November 17, 2015 | | State

Texas man set to die for fire that killed 3 children

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) - Condemned Texas inmate Raphael Holiday insists he has no idea how a log cabin in the woods north of Houston caught fire ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Ski resorts explore ‘drone zones’

DENVER (AP) - A drone hovers about 30 feet above the skier's head, then quickly swoops down for a tighter angle so its video camera ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Yellen opposes more Fed oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that legislation supported by House Republicans to make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable would ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Zuckerberg: Move slow and build things

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to "hacking ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Feds say smuggler hit border agent with rock in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A notorious human smuggler struck a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the face with a rock after a foiled smuggling attempt ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Kardashian balances book push with drama

BURBANK (AP) - The awkwardness of Khloe Kardashian promoting a book while she's helping estranged husband Lamar Odom recover from a suspected overdose is not ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Google antsy about self-driving car rules

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Oakland startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

OAKLAND (AP) - They've been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven't left the realm of science fiction ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Crews pull 9 people from rough Tomales Bay waters

TOMALES (AP) - Authorities say nine people and a dog were rescued in two incidents during windy and high-surf conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Los Angeles walloped by winds

DENAIR (AP) - A cold front that whipped up a damaging tornado in a central California town moved south Monday, buffeting the Los Angeles area with ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Move to ban guns to put pets down

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The death of a brown-and-white, mixed breed named Bruno on the northern fringe of New Hampshire's White Mountains has sparked ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

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