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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

April 24, 2015 | | State


STATE CUTS OFF WATER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.

April 23, 2015 | | State


High murder rate for state inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Hundreds honor Chavez’s Navy service

KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.

April 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral honors 22 years after his death

KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.

April 23, 2015 | | State


State government meeting water-saving goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.

April 22, 2015 | | State


More than 143M Americans live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.

April 22, 2015 | | State


4 killed in wrong- way crash on US 50

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.

April 22, 2015 | | State


HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

April 21, 2015 | | State


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Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment

LIVERMORE . (AP) - A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Quakes hit California, no damage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Is Father Serra saint material?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Unions file briefs in tenure-ruling appeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Drought forces farms to stop pumping river water

STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


California grows to 38.7 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Feds drop charges against hunter in Yosemite wildfire

FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


No hydrant system at torched utility pole yard in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Activists rally on police, labor issues

OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Inmates injured in Fresno blast seek $48M from PG&E

FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.

May 01, 2015 | | State


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