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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


• 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

Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State

Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State

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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

Pit bull police dog defies breed’s savage stereotypes

STONE RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - The new rookie at one New York police department weighs 60 pounds, has a big, lolling tongue, a soft caramel ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

Bieber answers questions, performs songs for fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber is proving to fans that he has a new "Purpose" in life.

November 15, 2015 | | State

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