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LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


PUC has leeway to restructure utility rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity has been signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes non-citizens on juries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens who are legal residents to serve as jurors in California.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Carter: Middle class today resembles poor from past years

OAKLAND (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.

October 07, 2013 | | State


News from around california

REPORTS OF POSSIBLE FIREWORKS BEFORE SF BLAZE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say they received reports that fireworks may have been responsible for a small blaze on Yerba Buena Island.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Elk Grove wants to expand boundaries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders in Elk Grove are pushing a plan to expand the city's boundaries by 8,000 acres, but opponents are raising concerns about traffic and environmental damage.

October 07, 2013 | | State


State aims to crack down on tax evasion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Not everyone is conscientious about paying their tax bill, and the scofflaws cost California an estimated $9 billion a year in uncollected revenue.

October 07, 2013 | | State


SACRAMENTO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a public health alert for raw

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people fell ill.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Bitten surfer says shark came from nowhere

EUREKA (AP) - It was a perfect day for surfing. Except for the shark.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Students find way to play games on iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

October 06, 2013 | | State


Major movie involving sharks filming in Reno, Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Filming for a major motion picture is scheduled to begin soon in northern Nevada, something the local producer says will become more common in the years ahead as some new tax incentives for the industry kick in.

October 06, 2013 | | State


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Ill Californians may take life- ending drugs starting in June

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Terminally ill California residents will be able to legally end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor beginning June 9.

March 11, 2016 | | State


California struggles to remove illegal guns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have a backlog for the foreseeable future in a unique firearms seizure program even if state lawmakers approve permanent funding, officials ...

March 11, 2016 | | State


Jury: No excessive force in San Francisco police shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers did not use excessive force when they shot and killed a college student at a park, a ...

March 11, 2016 | | State


Blizzard closes I-80 for several hours

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms raged throughout California on Monday, walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions and briefly knocking out power at the Los ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Son of Nancy & Ronald Reagan inspired by their devotion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The son of Nancy and Ronald Reagan says he was inspired by his parents' unfailing devotion to each other during their half-century ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Former Head Start leader takes over state Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Speaker Anthony Rendon, a former Head Start director who ascended to the chamber's top spot Monday, says he plans to use his ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Nancy Reagan funeral plans announced for this Friday

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - The funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan will be held on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley ...

March 07, 2016 | | State


Gladys Knight sings ‘Happy Birthday’ during traffic stop

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah police officer who pulled over a car carrying iconic soul singer Gladys Knight was treated to an impromptu rendition ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Police arrest suspected robber at Subway restaurant

ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Anaheim have shot and wounded a suspected robber at a Subway restaurant after seeing him hold two employees hostage at knifepoint.

March 06, 2016 | | State


Drive bypasses roadblock, downs in water on Route 70

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman died in Northern California after being trapped in a car that became submerged in floodwater on a section of highway that ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Snowy plovers spotted in record numbers in The City

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of Western snowy plover in its overwintering grounds in San Francisco has quadrupled this year but experts say the increase ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Doctor confidence necessary part of quality care

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have great confidence in my doctor, but my friends and family are concerned about my medical care. I'm in my ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Sailors face more lenient body fat rules

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


7-month-old Pug’s separation anxiety

DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is 7 months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has ...

March 06, 2016 | | State


Nguyen inspired by her family

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jacqueline Nguyen knows adversity.

March 06, 2016 | | State


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