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Foster children focus of California schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Man accused of starting wildfire while servicing an illegal marijuana grow

REDDING (AP) - A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Santa Clara County sees spike in West Nile cases

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County has seen a sharp jump in birds infected with West Nile virus, which has prompted an increase in mosquito spraying that upsets many residents.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Immigrants flock to see saint statue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after hitting bridge atop tour bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Drought shuts restrooms at some state parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks, including some of the system's most popular places.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Fire in remote Sequoia forest spreading fast

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters aggressively attacked a California wildfire that spread quickly after starting Friday afternoon in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Record low turnout as controller recount begins

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A lower percentage of voters went to the polls in the June primary in California than in any previous statewide election, the secretary of state said Friday as elections officials in Imperial and Kern counties began recounting ballots in the contested race for state controller.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers to visit Central America

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of California lawmakers will visit Central America next week to learn about the immigration challenges that are contributing to the U.S. border crisis.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Ex-chief of CALPERS found guilty of bribery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former head of the nation's largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

July 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco parking spot app shuts down its service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney.

July 11, 2014 | | State


RACE FOR STATE CONTROLLER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the disputed race for state controller, all sides can agree on one thing: A vote recount starting Friday is unprecedented in its scope, leaving California officials in uncharted territory.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Brown signs tax bill benefiting Tesla

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Brown asked not to appeal teacher ruling

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican lawmakers on Thursday asked Gov. Jerry Brown to resist union pressure to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

July 10, 2014 | | State


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Marvel unveils black Captain America

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Bald eagles expand in California islands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Studio distances itself from ‘Compton’ casting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanvill

SUSANVILLE (AP) - California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Drought doesn’t end brown lawn warnings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

July 17, 2014 | | State


River ruling could boost regulation of groundwater

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July 17, 2014 | | State


Bank settles in political fraud case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Woman beaten by CHP officer sues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Body found in area of NorCal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Complacency drives hike in water use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

July 16, 2014 | | State


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


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