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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


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


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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Storm: flooding & evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred by wildfires as the third - and largest - in ...

January 22, 2017 | | State


Uber pays $20 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises ...

January 19, 2017 | | State


Scientist names moth species after Trump

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the ...

January 19, 2017 | | State


Trump pays $25M to settle lawsuits

SAN DIEGO (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge's approval ...

January 19, 2017 | | State


Paying IRS late strategic move for some

NEW YORK (AP) - The idea of paying taxes late and incurring IRS interest charges elicits a stern "Don't do that!" from many tax professionals ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in USA

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Trump’s 1st home up for auction for 2nd time in 3 months

NEW YORK (AP) - The first property connected to Republican President-elect Donald Trump has become a hot spot for real estate deal-making.

January 17, 2017 | | State


Lowe’s planning 2,400 layoffs for full-time workers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina-based home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's told approximately 2,400 full-time workers that they will be laid ...

January 17, 2017 | | State


Unfilled border tunnels in Mexico a security risk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation ...

January 15, 2017 | | State


US accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Amazon planning to hire 100,000 in next 18 months

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans - and the sharp ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Arby’s to sell venison sandwiches in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Fans of venison in Nebraska can go from the end of deer hunting season this weekend to sandwich hunting season at Arby ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Nevada casinos turn profit in fiscal 2016; 1st since 2008

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's biggest casinos combined to turn a profit in fiscal 2016 for the first time in eight years, but it wasn ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Huge shift: Snowfall goes from 67% to 161%:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Recent storms bearing some of the heaviest snow and rain to hit Northern California in decades have helped bring a dramatic turnaround ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


STORMS CARRY WALLOP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


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