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CPUC LAWYER RECUSED FROM SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2013 | | State


California prepares for heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California prepared Thursday for a scorching weekend that could see temperatures hit 120 in the deserts as a massive heat wave rolled through the West, authorities said.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Norcal News

SACRAMENTO AIMS TO CRACK DOWN ON COPPER WIRE THEFT: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The city of Sacramento wants to pull the plug on copper wire theft.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bill extends various fees to fund air quality programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


New reality dawns for LBGT community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Palm Springs Tourism Bureau was ready when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Within an hour of the high court handing down its decision Wednesday, the bureau launched a wedding web site featuring photographs of same-sex couples and spotlighting the desert city's gay and lesbian resorts.

June 27, 2013 | | State


BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Around the State

ASPCA USES PHOTOS IN FIGHT OVER PUPPY MILLS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease. The pictures were taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past few years and were obtained through a public-records ...

June 26, 2013 | | State


Marine murder conviction overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days Court ruling makes California same-sex unions legal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 26, 2013 | | State


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Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


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