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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


Water board sues Army Corps over Los Angeles River dredging

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a regional water board accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating the federal Clean Water Act during two dredge and fill operations along the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Posey says he’s committed to conserving water at his home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey would like to clear up one thing about his property landing on a list of excessive water users in the drought-ravaged Bay Area: The San Francisco Giants catcher insists he worked with landscapers to take appropriate measures to save water before he and his wife moved into their suburban home in 2013.

February 18, 2016 | | State


2 LA officers charged with rape on duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While one Los Angeles police officer acted as a lookout in the front seat of a departmental car, a 19-year-old woman working as a drug informant was forced to perform oral sex on his partner in the back seat after being told, "You have to do what the police tell you to do," the teenager said in a federal court filing.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Rain, snow hit California after record heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After three days of record-breaking heat, a cold front from Oregon brought high winds and rain to Northern California on Wednesday with gusts of up to 45 mph in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Woman recants, California man freed after 18 years in prison

LAKEPORT (AP) - A man who spent 18 years in prison for child molestation has been ordered released after his victim recanted her abuse claims.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors want 8 year sentence for state senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors recommended Wednesday that a judge sentence a former California state senator convicted of racketeering to 8 years in prison, saying such a sentence would reflect the "breadth and length" of his crimes and act as a deterrent to others.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Hospital paid 17K ransom to hackers of its computer network

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom in bitcoins equivalent to about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network, the medical center's chief executive said Wednesday.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Law determines transgender bathroom use

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Graphic photos begin ‘‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Their bodies were dumped in alleys and garbage bins in South Los Angeles, some naked, some covered with mattresses and trash. Most had been shot in the chest after some type of sexual contact, others strangled.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Instagram post draws attention

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - A heart carved into red rock is drawing the attention of authorities in Arizona who are investigating to see if actress Vanessa Hudgens is the culprit.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Covered California no-bid contracts under fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor on Tuesday questioned the use of no-bid contracts at the Covered California health insurance exchange, saying it spent nearly $200 million during a three-year period without seeking competitive bids on 64 contracts.

February 16, 2016 | | State


SF man pleads guilty to having toxin that’s unregistered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man who was the target of a nationwide FBI hunt two years ago after deadly toxins and bomb-making material were allegedly found in his apartment agreed Tuesday to a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 16, 2016 | | State


More summerlike heat before rain and snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is having another day of unseasonable warmth before a low-pressure system brings rain and snow.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Palo Alto teen suicides in subject of study

PALO ALTO (AP) - A team of mental health experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to be in California this week to investigate a series of suicides by teenagers in the affluent university town of Palo Alto.

February 15, 2016 | | State


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Trump’s rants about rules may backfire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Donald Trump's relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Medical pot backers leery of epilepsy drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

April 17, 2016 | | State


It’s time to look for a medical cause

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a problem that is opposite many other peoples'. I lost 10 pounds, going from 130 to 120. I am 5 ...

April 17, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | State


Farm board backs ruling that grower interfered with vote

FRESNO (AP) - The California farm labor board has upheld a court ruling that one of the nation's largest fruit growers interfered as employees were ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Oil island draws criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's early offshore oil drilling operations is under fire from state regulators to clean up its act after severely ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Los Angeles body camera program delayed by $57.6M ‘sticker shock’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $57.6 million plan to equip nearly every Los Angeles police officer with body cameras by the end of the year ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


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


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