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STATE GAS TAX RISES 3.5 CENTS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Starting this week California drivers are spending more to fill up at the pump.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Man, 19, shot in chest at BART station

EL CERRITO (AP) - Police are looking for at least one suspect who shot a 19-year-old man in the chest following an argument at a BART station in El Cerrito.

June 28, 2013 | | State


BART unions may go on strike Monday

OAKLAND (AP) - Scores of commuters were scrambling Friday to find alternate plans after two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions gave notice they plan to go on strike if they can't get a new contract over the weekend.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Las Vegas, Phoenix bake in hot temps

PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

June 28, 2013 | | State


AROUND THE STATEn

PORN INDUSTRY CONNECTS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONDOM LAW: LOS ANGELES - The adult film industry is citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in its effort to muzzle its main nemeses in the legal battle to keep condoms off of porn actors. Porn industry attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation be prevented from arguing against the industry's lawsuit to repeal the condom requirement Los Angeles County voters have adopted. The foundation was the driving force in getting the law passed. On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled ...

June 28, 2013 | | State


Ruling boon for couples with foreign spouses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card - if she were a man.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Survivors of WWII A-bombs to be tested

TORRANCE (AP) - About 100 people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II will undergo medical testing to determine how they're doing seven decades later, and their experiences may help those exposed to radiation by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, experts said Friday.

June 28, 2013 | | State


LA utility agrees to control dust at dry lakebed in Owens Valley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles' municipal water utility has agreed to do more to control dust on an Owens Valley lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK enterprise zone reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed a hard-fought overhaul of California's enterprise zone program on Thursday that was sought by Gov. Jerry Brown after he called the system wasteful and ineffective.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown says he's worried about cost of transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he is committed to keeping government transparent but wants to do so without costing the state money.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CPUC LAWYER RECUSED FROM SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2013 | | State


California prepares for heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California prepared Thursday for a scorching weekend that could see temperatures hit 120 in the deserts as a massive heat wave rolled through the West, authorities said.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Norcal News

SACRAMENTO AIMS TO CRACK DOWN ON COPPER WIRE THEFT: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The city of Sacramento wants to pull the plug on copper wire theft.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bill extends various fees to fund air quality programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


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Woman beaten by CHP officer sues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Body found in area of NorCal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Complacency drives hike in water use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


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