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Farmworkers union claims win in SJ Valley labor battle

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Organized labor claimed a victory in a decades-long fight with one of the nation's largest fruit growers when a judge ruled that the company interfered with its employees' vote on whether to reject union representation.

September 18, 2015 | | State

Some say they weren’t warned

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - High school math teacher Bill Davis watched from his home as smoke mounted from one of the most destructive fires in California in recent memory.

September 18, 2015 | | State

2 die in foothills fire

MOUNTAIN RANCH (AP) - Two bodies were found at the site of a wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while dogs were used Wednesday to search for a former police reporter and several other people who authorities fear were killed in a separate, fast-moving blaze in Northern California.

September 16, 2015 | | State

LA, Vegas ink $45M water deal

LOS ANGLES (AP) - Water managers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are poised to adopt a drought-driven deal to send enough water to serve about 300,000 homes annually from the Lake Mead reservoir to Southern California.

September 16, 2015 | | State

4 charged with kidnap, torture of couple at marijuana store

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Four people have been charged with kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a couple for days at a Central California marijuana supply store.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Battered by wildfires, Lake County remains resilient

LOWER LAKE (AP) - A Northern California county known for its large freshwater lake and clothing-optional hot springs resort recently has gained attention for something else: several devastating wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent much of its population scrambling for shelter.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Teen not responsible for sex with teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles school district was wrong when it argued that a 14-year-old girl shared responsibility for sexual abuse by a teacher because she consented to the sex, a California appeals court said Wednesday, overturning a jury verdict in favor of the district.

September 16, 2015 | | State

Magazine ranks UOP No. 6 among state’s private colleges

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific tied with University of San Francisco for the No. 6 spot among California private institutions on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities.

September 14, 2015 | | State


STOCKTON - "Tents that once protected entire families from temperatures reaching 115 degrees, deteriorating before their eyes. Young children developing skin diseases and a rash of illnesses from just a lack of simple hygiene. ISIS on one side determined to kill them should they leave their compounds. Death from a simple lack of concern by the rest of the world, should they decide to stay."

September 14, 2015 | | State

Brown confronts political setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has grown accustomed to reveling in political victories since his return to the state capital in 2011, his national luster restored by shoring up the state's finances and the spotlight on his agenda to cut carbon emissions.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Special needs student found dead on bus

WHITTIER Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who was found dead on a school bus as a special needs student who regularly rode the bus to his home in Whittier.

September 13, 2015 | | State

LA police, city vehicles go green with 160 electrics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sounds of city vehicles on Los Angeles streets are about to get a bit quieter.

September 13, 2015 | | State

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Exhibit’s CT-scanned mummies give new look at old world

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping? There will be a rare chance to find out when "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" opens Sept. 18 at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum.

September 13, 2015 | | State

Appeals court blocks pesticide use over concerns about bees dying off

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years.

September 10, 2015 | | State

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Ski resorts explore ‘drone zones’

DENVER (AP) - A drone hovers about 30 feet above the skier's head, then quickly swoops down for a tighter angle so its video camera ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Yellen opposes more Fed oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that legislation supported by House Republicans to make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable would ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Zuckerberg: Move slow and build things

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to "hacking ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Feds say smuggler hit border agent with rock in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A notorious human smuggler struck a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the face with a rock after a foiled smuggling attempt ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Kardashian balances book push with drama

BURBANK (AP) - The awkwardness of Khloe Kardashian promoting a book while she's helping estranged husband Lamar Odom recover from a suspected overdose is not ...

November 17, 2015 | | State

Google antsy about self-driving car rules

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Oakland startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

OAKLAND (AP) - They've been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven't left the realm of science fiction ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Crews pull 9 people from rough Tomales Bay waters

TOMALES (AP) - Authorities say nine people and a dog were rescued in two incidents during windy and high-surf conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Los Angeles walloped by winds

DENAIR (AP) - A cold front that whipped up a damaging tornado in a central California town moved south Monday, buffeting the Los Angeles area with ...

November 16, 2015 | | State

Move to ban guns to put pets down

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The death of a brown-and-white, mixed breed named Bruno on the northern fringe of New Hampshire's White Mountains has sparked ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

Pit bull police dog defies breed’s savage stereotypes

STONE RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - The new rookie at one New York police department weighs 60 pounds, has a big, lolling tongue, a soft caramel ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

Bieber answers questions, performs songs for fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber is proving to fans that he has a new "Purpose" in life.

November 15, 2015 | | State

Spike Lee calls for diversity as he accepts honorary Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it's easier for a black person to become President of the United ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

Some see campus erosion of free speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A recent groundswell of protests on college campuses over race, sexual misconduct and other social issues has some civil libertarians worried that ...

November 15, 2015 | | State

Convict in mass bus kidnapping seeking parole

CHOWCHILLA (AP) - Three young men from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families spent more than a year working on their perfect crime.

November 15, 2015 | | State

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