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BLEAK WINTER FOR SKIING

TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Even bigger longer droughts for West?

SAN JOSE (AP) - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming - and they're bound to last for decades.

February 12, 2015 | | State


High-speed falls behind buying land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is as much as a year behind schedule in buying the land needed to start construction on the first 29-mile stretch in the Central Valley, rail officials say.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles officer who saw replica gun shoots teen in back

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


California falling 400,000 plus short of health care sign-up goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, but state officials hope to make up much of the difference this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant’s gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

February 12, 2015 | | State


University to offer pot policy class

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California university is offering a marijuana policy class to study the legal issues linked to the recreational pot market.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Authorities crack down on cardboard theft

FONTANA (AP) - Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.

February 12, 2015 | | State


4-year-old loses foot, part of leg in police dog attack

HESPERIA (AP) - A 4-year-old Southern California boy who was bitten by his father's police dog had to have his leg amputated below the knee, and the canine probably will be euthanized, police said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FORMER DETROIT ZOO ELEPHANT EUTHANIZED AT SAN ANDREAS REFUGE: SAN ANDREAS (AP) - A popular but ailing elephant named Wanda that lived in several zoos before being sent to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary has died.

February 12, 2015 | | State


22 Marines exposed to fire retardant

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

February 12, 2015 | | State


State leads nation in charter growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California continues to far outpace the rest of the nation in charter school enrollment and growth, a study released Wednesday shows.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Newsom to raise money for governor bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who gained national attention as mayor of San Francisco for ordering then-illegal gay marriage licenses to be issued, said Wednesday that he will begin raising money to run for governor in 2018, a position he has long sought.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Smartphone thefts drop after introduction of cell kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kill switches on cellphones essentially render the device a paper weight when stolen.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California on Wednesday warned Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters that they may have been exposed to measles.

February 11, 2015 | | State


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Demos tout endorsements for California Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The two Democrats seeking California's U.S. Senate seat rolled out dueling endorsements Thursday that highlighted political dynamics that are shaping ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


2 babies born with Zika-related defects in state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects in California to mothers who were infected overseas, health officials said Thursday.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pokemon Go player in brutal attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man is recovering after being brutally attacked with a knife while playing Pokemon Go in San Jose last week.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Man arrested in old killing after woman browses LAPD website

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a suspect in a 16-year-old homicide after a woman browsing the "most wanted" section of the Los Angeles Police Department ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Probe of fatal crash starts with driver, bus

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Investigators are collecting medical records and lining up interviews with relatives of a bus driver in a crash that killed four passengers in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


San Diego police view body-camera footage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators viewed body-camera footage to learn how one San Diego police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a gunbattle during ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Big Sur fire grows; new blaze near Fresno

BIG SUR. (AP) - Crews battled a massive wildfire near California's Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


State bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground - California's religious colleges and universities.

July 31, 2016 | | State


Weapon used in teen’s killing was stolen from Stockton mayor

STOCKTON (AP) - A gun stolen from the Stockton mayor's home whose theft he failed to immediately report was used to kill a 13-year-old boy ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Skydiver jumps, lands without chute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After leaping from an airplane, Luke Aikins rocketed toward earth for two minutes, and then calmly flipped onto his back at the ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


15-year murder of Modesto intern

Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, saying they can no longer prove their case ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Sky Zone Stockton plans school supply giveaway, haircuts Sunday

STOCKTON - Sky Zone Stockton - a unique indoor trampoline park - is partnering with "Stockton 209 Cares" to host a Back to School event featuring a school ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Car plows into house, killing 1 & injuring 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police searched Thursday for the driver of a car that plowed into the front of a Los Angeles house where a group ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Big Sur coastline wildfire is big & getting bigger

BIG SUR (AP) - Firefighters struggled Thursday to get the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning along California's picturesque Big Sur coastline, where anxious ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Terror attack play scratched after victim families object

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California college has canceled plans to create a play about a hometown terrorist attack that killed 14 people after family ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


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