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SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

February 23, 2015 | | State


2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

February 22, 2015 | | State


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Stolen Ferrari trashed; man arrested after seeking gas money

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California man suspected of stealing a $300,000 Ferrari was arrested after asking for gas money, authorities said.

November 29, 2017 | | State


Parole OK’d for ‘evil twin’ convicted in plot to kill sister

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California woman convicted of conspiring to kill her identical twin sister in the 1990s has been recommended for parole after ...

November 29, 2017 | | State


Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy, suspect wounded in shootout

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and a suspect were both shot and wounded in a gun battle late Tuesday, authorities ...

November 29, 2017 | | State


San Francisco’s love of neighborhood input slowed legal pot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials adopted recreational marijuana rules favored by pot advocates, but not without heated discussions over local control in a tightly ...

November 29, 2017 | | State


Uber facing federal probe on allegations of espionage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


Big California dam’s new spillway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Small cracks have appeared in a new concrete spillway at Oroville Dam, a development state officials say was expected but an engineering ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


“Hacker-for-hire” pleads guilty to Yahoo breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to block California desert water project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmental activists sued Tuesday to halt a plan to pump water from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


Complaints against lawmakers aren’t tracked

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Latest on legislative hearings on sexual harassment (all times local):

November 28, 2017 | | State


Remains of ancient sea cow unearthed on California island

VENTURA (AP) - Scientists say they've unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow that lived in the shallow waters off Southern California's Channel Islands ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to block California desert water project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmental activists sued Tuesday to halt a plan to pump water from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California ...

November 28, 2017 | | State


Black bears back in eastern Nevada after 80-year absence

RENO, Nev. (AP) - More than 500 black bears have returned to parts of their historic range in the Great Basin of Nevada where the species ...

November 26, 2017 | | State


Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.

November 26, 2017 | | State


Rush of pot grows splits rural California before legal sales

COPPEROPOLIS (AP) - The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff's deputies swooped in with ...

November 24, 2017 | | State


Sexual harassment takes spotlight in California’s capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's been five weeks since nearly 150 women - lobbyists, lawmakers, Republicans, Democrats - signed a letter calling out a pervasive culture of sexual ...

November 24, 2017 | | State


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