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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


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

MENO PARK (AP) - Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


California regulators blocking planned assault weapon rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators announced Tuesday that they have temporarily blocked proposed new rules on assault weapons.

June 27, 2017 | | State


Gov. signs $125B budget boosting education funds

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $125 billion California budget Tuesday that gives doctors and dentists a raise while increasing funding for education and ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Cosby rejects ‘sexual assault tour’ idea floated by his reps

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Work progressing on family entertainment zone infrastructure improvements Project

Underground utilities construction is nearing completion for the $8.7 million family entertainment zone (FEZ) infrastructure improvement project west of Costco along the 120 Bypass.

June 27, 2017 | | State


111 terminally ill end lives under new California law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California health officials reported Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


LA City Council oks plans for $1.5B George Lucas museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with lightsaber speed to clear the way ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Tioga Road opening Thursday

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A mountain pass across the Sierra Nevada that runs through Yosemite National Park is opening to traffic later than it has ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault case

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Doctors Medical Center performs its 20,000th open heart surgery

MODESTO – Reaching a major milestone, surgeons at Doctors Medical Center have performed the institution's 20,000th open heart surgery since 1976, when the hospital ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Engineers use replica to pinpoint Oroville dam repairs

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a section of a dam built out ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Federal wildlife folks bless tunnels

SACRARMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Roundup now on California cancer list

FRESNO (AP) - Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Lawmakers OK plan to borrow $6B for pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday approved a plan to borrow $6 billion from a state savings account to pay down massive debt in the ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Man killed missing son, 5, after taking him to Disneyland

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators suspect the father of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months killed the child after a family ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


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