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Oil from ship that sank in 1953 keeps killing birds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fuel oil from a long-sunken freighter that previously killed thousands of birds continues to leak and recently coated more birds in the gunk along the Northern California coast, officials said.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won't resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Arrest made in deadly shooting of 1-year-old girl

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspected gunman was arrested on suspicion of killing a 1-year-old girl who was shot in the face as she slept in a crib in her Compton home, authorities said Tuesday.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Billionaire asks for $30M for access

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A San Francisco Bay-area billionaire who closed an access road to a beloved beach is asking the state of California for $30 million in exchange for public access to Martins Beach at Half Moon Bay.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Lawsuit raises concerns about running cattle on federal land

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Concerns about running cattle on federal land are reaching livestock owners in California.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Protests planned across US to back Apple in battle with FBI order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Protesters are preparing to assemble in more than 30 cities to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December's mass shootings in Southern California.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Hear ye! Hear ye! Burlingame has first town crier in 100 years

BURLINGAME (AP) - The Northern California city of Burlingame hadn't had a town crier in more than a century but that changed this year after actor and property manager Richard Aptekar volunteered for the job.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Standards won’t ease for inmate firefighters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters, focusing instead on persuading county sheriffs to send more jail prisoners to the state program.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Vatican: Pope was not singling out Trump

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Pope Francis insisted Friday the pontiff was "in no way" launching an attack on Donald Trump, a U.S. presidential candidate, nor was he trying to sway voters by declaring someone who advocates building walls isn't Christian.

February 19, 2016 | | State


Border checkpoint scans eyes, faces of departing foreigners

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot - a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced Thursday.

February 18, 2016 | | State


FBI searches home of SoCal terror attack shooter’s brother

CORONA (AP) - The investigation into the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 people burst back into public view Thursday, when FBI agents searched the home of the brother of gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Ex-state senator Yee asks judge to weigh wife’s illness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney for an ex-California state senator convicted of racketeering asked a judge to consider the senator's long history of public service and his wife's illness and sentence him to no more than five years and three months in prison, below the 8-year sentence recommended by prosecutors.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Los Angeles sues developer for $20M over fire damage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city on Thursday filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of the Da Vinci Apartments, alleging improper construction and security led to the damage of nearby city buildings when an arson fire nearly burned the massive complex to the ground.

February 18, 2016 | | State


GOING NORTH FIRST

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The decision to build the first leg of California's bullet train north to the San Francisco Bay Area instead of south as planned since 2012 marks an acknowledgement of the project's waning political support and an ongoing funding shortfall for a system that spans the state.

February 18, 2016 | | State


California safety board says no to mandatory condoms in porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.

February 18, 2016 | | State


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Weston Ranch High staging ‘Cinderella the Musical’ play

The Weston Ranch High Drama Club is gearing up for the spring production of "Cinderella, the Musical."

April 17, 2016 | | State


Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Actor George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics - so he doesn't have to raise it.

April 17, 2016 | | State


Woman dies after she’s run over by mom

SANTA MARIA (AP) - A California woman died after a car driven by her mother ran over her while they were fighting, police said Saturday.

April 17, 2016 | | State


Thousands of voters register to wrong party

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A survey has found that tens of thousands of voters, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, have mistakenly registered as members of ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Shell shock: $7.6M in nut thefts

FRESNO (AP) - International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


Court upholds California tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court handed teacher unions a big victory Thursday by reversing a trial judge's ruling that found tenure deprived ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


California doles out $70.5M in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California economic development board handed out $70.5 million in tax credits on Thursday for private companies promising to create jobs in ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


Parole OK for Manson family member

CHINO (AP) - A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


System reconsiders tobacco divestment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anti-smoking groups on Thursday stepped up pressure on the nation's largest public pension system to drop plans to consider re-investing in tobacco ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


RAIN WATER + WARMER DAYS = MOSQUITOES

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) urges mosquito prevention now to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease later.

April 15, 2016 | | State


SJ County is among agencies suing Metro Water District

STOCKTON - The Planning and Conservation League and Food and Water Watch, as well as three Delta local agencies, Central Delta Water Agency, Contra Costa County ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


La Nina: Dry winter in 2016-17?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the midst of an epic El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

April 15, 2016 | | State


Challenge to Obama water deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Democrats in Congress launched challenges Thursday to a proposed Obama administration settlement with a powerful California water district, including announcing their ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


EPA fails to protect drinking water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Trump to speak at GOP convention ahead of primary

BURLINGAME (AP) - Donald Trump, who has been sharply criticizing the Republican Party's system for selecting delegates in the presidential contest, will speak at a ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


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