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• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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Uber vows to, become more humane company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including ...

March 21, 2017 | | State


Los Angeles mayor expands city protections for illegals

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday expanded protections for immigrants who are in the country illegally, emphasizing the city's refusal to help ...

March 21, 2017 | | State


Anne Frank Center wants Tim Allen apology on remark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative ...

March 21, 2017 | | State


Singer Wyclef Jean says he was mistaken for robbery suspect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean said he was handcuffed and "treated like a criminal" when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistook him ...

March 21, 2017 | | State


Changes sought to juvenile justice system

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California should start treating juvenile offenders more like children, state lawmakers said Monday as they promoted bills that they said reflect research showing ...

March 20, 2017 | | State


Malibu is now a sanctuary city

MALIBU (AP) - Taking a stand in the national debate over illegal immigration, Malibu has joined the ranks of sanctuary cities.

March 20, 2017 | | State


$3B parks bond on 2018 ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly narrowly voted Monday to put a measure seeking $3 billion in bonds for parks on the 2018 ballot.

March 20, 2017 | | State


Spring showers, gusty winds expected

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After several weeks of dry weather, the start of spring will bring rain showers throughout California this week, forecasters said Monday.

March 20, 2017 | | State


Carlsbad plans to scan license plates to boost public safety

CARLSBAD (AP) - A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid ...

March 20, 2017 | | State


Sierra runoff threatens Owen Valley

BISHOP (AP) - The threat of destructive flooding from a monstrous Sierra Nevada snowpack that supplies Los Angeles with its water led Mayor Eric Garcetti to ...

March 20, 2017 | | State


Stockton lawmaker wants tax rich to fund tuition-free college

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some California Democrats want to make college tuition free for in-state students by taxing very wealthy residents.

March 20, 2017 | | State


Water ferry, more buses sought for Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE (AP) - Regional planners developing a comprehensive transportation blueprint for Lake Tahoe over the next two decades say the shortage of public parking spaces is ...

March 20, 2017 | | State


Federal court gives students chance to parry with judges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much ...

March 19, 2017 | | State


SF library workers may get training to stop overdoses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco public library staffers may soon be trained to administer medication to reverse heroin overdoses among the growing number of opioid ...

March 19, 2017 | | State


Former Tulare dairy farmer leads Trump- Russia investigation

TULARE (AP) - Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm.

March 19, 2017 | | State


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