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Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Truckee River flows peak, 3rd lowest in four decades

TRUCKEE (AP) - Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.

May 06, 2013 | | State


If you buy over Internet you’re probably a tax cheat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Central Coast rancher wins right to help homeless after court fight

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A Central Coast rancher and local hero to the homeless vowed to finally to build the Sunny Acres sober living facility after more than a decade in court and conflicts.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set; youngest member now 65 years old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• 2 DEAD, 5 HURT AFTER VAN CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 99: FRESNO (AP) - Two men died and five others were hospitalized with injuries early Saturday after a van carrying farmworkers overturned on a Fresno highway, authorities said.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown, Demos in Medicaid expansion tiff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Divers search reservoirs for murder clues

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Divers are searching two reservoirs and detectives are knocking on doors in Calaveras County as the investigation continues into the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fourth abalone diver dies in NorCal waters

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A diver died Saturday in the quest for abalone that has claimed three other lives in the waters off Northern California the past week.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cellphone thefts accounts for half of all SF robberies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Beach bonfire spat gets hot in Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Anna Abderhalden and her siblings woke before dawn to stake a claim to a coveted beachfront spot where bonfires blaze each night as a rite of summer in this surf-crazy Southern California city.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fever hits thousands in Valley

FRESNO (AP) - California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cooler weather aids fight against wildfire

CAMARILLO. (AP) - Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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Kaiser, workers reach tentative contract

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Kaiser Permanente and unions representing 105,000 health care workers across the United States have reached a tentative labor agreement.

June 08, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

NEW PACT WITH CASINO TRIBE: JACKSON. (AP) - State lawmakers are ratifying a new agreement with an Indian tribe that runs a popular Northern California casino.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Drought speeds decline of beloved California Joshua tree desert species

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the California desert, Joshua tree seedlings are shriveling up and dying before they get the chance to put down strong roots ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Cultural taboo, property-value worries hit veterans cemetery

IRVINE (AP) - Residents concerned about cultural taboos and property values are opposing a move to convert a former air base into the Southern California Veterans ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Truck hits tree, bees attack; 3 injured, deputy stung

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people were critically injured and a sheriff's deputy badly stung after a catering truck lost control and jumped a curb ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Apple wants a lead role in streaming music

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


FOSTER CARE CHALLENGE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tucked below the Hollywood sign, on a street where tourists stop to pose for pictures, is Beachwood House, a pale blue two-story ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Are wind turbines killing birds?

LIVERMORE (AP) - While everyone agrees huge numbers of birds are dying in the wind turbines of Northern California's Altamont Pass, they don't agree ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Student accepted to every Ivy League school

FULLERTON (AP) - It would have been a success story if Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Critics want delay of $500M for jails

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians voted last fall to reduce penalties for certain crimes, a decision that abruptly lowered jail populations and promised more money for jail ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


Small plane lands on 101 near San Jose

SAN JOSE . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says federal aviation officials have been called to investigate after a small plane made an emergency landing on ...

June 07, 2015 | | State


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