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‘Lifers’ leaving prison at record pace

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.

February 25, 2014 | | State


California gas tax drops but pump price may not

CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NASA helping with California drought research

FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NorCal couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare gold coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Galgiani seeks $5.1B water storage bond

Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, introduced legislation Tuesday to place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Police officers arrested in car impound scheme

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Residents sand-bag burn areas ahead of storms

GLENDORA (AP) - Eager anticipation of the most substantial winter storm systems predicted for drought-stricken California this winter turned to a bit of wariness Tuesday as residents of foothill communities picked up sandbags at fire stations and city yards to protect their homes.

February 25, 2014 | | State


WW2 Medal of Honor recipient dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Transgender rights repeal fails to make California ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures to qualify the measure, the secretary of state said Monday.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Smugglers challenging Coast Guard

SAN DIEGO (AP) - While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Stanford University ending tobacco sales next month

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University is eliminating sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes starting next month.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Sacramento student has tuberculosis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California high school student has been diagnosed with the lung disease tuberculosis, health officials say.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Man injured when tire goes through windshield dies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who was injured when a wheel came off a tractor trailer and smashed through his windshield on a Northern California freeway has died.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Democrats give indicted lawmaker one week to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers say they will give a state senator one week to resign or risk being suspended after he was indicted last week on multiple federal corruption charges.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney criticizes Alameda deputies’ fatal shooting

SAN LORENZO (AP) - An attorney for the family of a San Francisco Bay Area man who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies says deputies created the confrontation that led to the shooting.

February 24, 2014 | | State


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State bans coyote hunts that offer prizes

California officials on Wednesday banned coyote hunting contests that have sparked a culture clash between wildlife advocates and ranchers who offer cash and other prizes to marksmen who killed the most animals.

December 04, 2014 | | State


Appeals court strikes down DNA collection law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.

December 04, 2014 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dr

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two sinkholes opened on the streets of San Francisco during a sustained rain storm.

December 04, 2014 | | State


Rain falls for a second day on parched California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dry state needed, adding water to depleted reservoirs, quenching crops and even awakening picturesque waterfalls.

December 04, 2014 | | State


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