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Gov. Jerry Brown faces challenges Expected to seek record setting fourth term as governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is sprinting into the final year of his third term as governor with a series of policy successes and powerful financial backers boosting his all-but-certain run for another term.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Why the Delta is key for SJ County

The San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta accounts for 25 percent of the land that sustains San Joaquin County's No. 1 employer - agriculture.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Health exchange extends payment deadline to 15th

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency running California's health insurance exchange extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15 following a surge in the number of consumers signing up for coverage.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers return for election-year session

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week for a pivotal election-year session.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Selling fake clicks becomes big business

SAN JOSE (AP) - Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Mom clear to take brain dead daughter

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge said Friday that the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove her daughter from a California hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences.

January 03, 2014 | | State


News from around california

JUDGE SAYS SF COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAN REMAIN ACCREDITED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco judge has ruled that a private commission can't revoke the accreditation of one of the nation's largest community colleges until a trial can be held to determine if the action is lawful.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Walker crash: Car was going 100 mph?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner's report released Friday.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Man hopes law license will help immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation.

January 03, 2014 | | State


California winner of $648M lottery jackpot forgot he had bought tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $324 million Mega Millions jackpot winner Steve Tran had a 3 a.m. epiphany earlier this week that spurred him from sleep and had him fumbling through a pile of lottery tickets on top of his dresser.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Dog owner arrested after Akita’s alleged attack on 3-year-old

MURIETTA (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested after his 3-year-old Akita allegedly attacked a toddler at a home improvement store.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Police: No reason to hold man before priest killed in Eureka

EUREKA . (AP) - When the body of the Rev. Eric Freed was discovered in the rectory of his church on New Year's Day, police immediately had a suspect: A man released from jail hours earlier who was spotted on church grounds by a security guard, questioned by a police officer, and then seen again by the same guard, this time holding a wooden stake.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack 20% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first Sierra snow survey of the winter on Friday confirmed the fears of state water managers, who are warning of drought conditions in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain and snow.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Architect pleads no contest in fireman’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Talks ordered in brain dead girl case

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered settlement talks between lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

January 02, 2014 | | State


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Dogs rescued from Asian meat farms brought to California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Brown wants $1B in drought spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Napolitano apologizes for disparaging remark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open microphone at a Board of Regents meeting.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Heat wave cooks poppies at Southern California reserve

LANCASTER (AP) - The recent heat wave was a blooming catastrophe for Southern California's poppy reserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Sugar Bowl suspends skiing Sunday as drought takes toll

TRUCKEE (AP) - Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.

March 19, 2015 | | State


No ban on use of private email by officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has no blanket policy restricting the use of personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's among about two dozen states that have no clear rules or precedent-setting cases addressing whether those communications are public records.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Justin Bieber sued by former neighbor for assault, distress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's former neighbor claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the pop singer spit in his face and terrorized his family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Filipino workers sue SoCal bakery alleging forced labor, scant pay

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filipino workers brought to this country by the husband-and-wife owners of a bakery have sued the business and the couple, claiming they were forced to do laundry and yard work, received meager wages and told they would have to pay off a hefty debt if they tried to leave.

March 19, 2015 | | State


$1,000 reward for missing moose head at Lake Tahoe

TAHOE CITY. (AP) - There's a moose on the loose at Lake Tahoe and authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who finds it.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Shooting kills 3 outside Stockton convenience store

STOCKTON (AP) - Three people were killed and four people were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at a Stockton convenience store that one official called one of the worst mass shootings in the city's recent history.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Church to stop drenching homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city's cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Glazer, Bonilla seem bound for May runoff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Democrats on Wednesday appeared headed to a May runoff for an open state Senate seat in the San Francisco Bay Area following a bruising primary that saw special interest groups pour in $2.1 million in campaign funding.

March 18, 2015 | | State


California’s biggest lake continues to slowly vanish

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California officials said Wednesday that the drought-stricken state set an unachievable bar to save the Salton Sea and outlined small projects aimed at staving off the demise of the state's largest lake, disappointing farmers, environmentalists and others.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Attorney general uses personal email for work

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she uses a personal email account to communicate with her senior state staff on "very rare" occasions.

March 18, 2015 | | State


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