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Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State


As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Brown wants court rulings overturned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Sacramento clerk rejects challenge to NBA arena

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The city clerk rejected a ballot measure Friday that would have let Sacramento voters decide whether public subsidies can help build a $448 million downtown arena intended as the future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

January 24, 2014 | | State


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Brown signs emergency amendment to law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An emergency bill to fix a legislative drafting error that had local governments in California racing to ban medical marijuana cultivation won Gov ...

February 03, 2016 | | State


El Nino could signal easing of drought

FRESNO (AP) - In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back ...

February 03, 2016 | | State


49ers reschedule Scouts sleepover at Levi’s Stadium

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The Girl Scouts of Northern California are getting their big sleepover at Levi's Stadium after all, just rescheduled from its original ...

February 03, 2016 | | State


Move afoot to dissolve CPUC

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Southern California lawmaker said Wednesday that he will seek to bypass Gov. Jerry Brown and ask voters to break apart California's ...

February 03, 2016 | | State


SF law requires people to lock up guns in vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation Tuesday requiring strict lock-up of firearms in vehicles parked in San Francisco.

February 02, 2016 | | State


California AG sues utility for massive natural gas leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's attorney general added her name Tuesday to the long list of parties suing a utility company for the massive nonstop ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


Fresno County responsible for explosion

FRESNO. (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission determined that Fresno County was responsible for a deadly April pipeline explosion at a shooting range in Fresno.

February 02, 2016 | | State


California teacher pension changes may need fix

SACRAMENTO AP) - State lawmakers should consider changing a plan they adopted two years ago to stabilize the finances of California's teacher pension system, the ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


California misses water savings target

FRESNO (AP) - Residents of drought-stricken California used 18 percent less water in December and for a third straight month fell short of the 25 percent ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


Chipotle: Criminal investigation widens, sales plunge 14.6 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - The E. coli outbreak that was linked to Chipotle restaurants may be over, but the burrito chain's indigestion continues.

February 02, 2016 | | State


VW submits fix for 3.0-liter diesels to California officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel engines ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


Motorist killed by falling tree in south state storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A motorist was fatally struck by a tree that toppled as a winter storm moved across California, bringing powerful winds, heavy rain ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


Daughters of Casey Kasem, Peter Falk tackle elder visitation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The daughters of two late celebrities are seeking easier ways for family and friends to visit ailing elders, and have brought separate ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


SAG: ‘Spotlight’ wins best ensemble

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Screen Actors Guild Awards were not so white.

January 31, 2016 | | State


Police search for woman who stole Campbell patrol car

CAMPBELL (AP) - Police in Northern California are searching for a woman and a man accused of ramming into a patrol car, injuring an officer and ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


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