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Lawmakers OK highest statewide minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Plan offered to divide funds among victims

SAN BERNARDINO. (AP) - Eighty percent of the nearly $2.5 million donated to the United Way following the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 would go to deceased victims' families under a proposed plan.

March 31, 2016 | | State


San Diego harbor cruise boat hits pier, injuring 7

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego harbor cruise boat crashed into a pier while docking Thursday, injuring seven people and causing significant damage to the bow of the vessel and the busy waterfront walkway, fire officials said.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Last day for hikers at popular Los Angeles trail for months

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles fitness fanatics whose daily routine includes a hike or a run along the Runyon Canyon trail are bracing themselves for a four-month closure of the popular route.

March 31, 2016 | | State


SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base

FRESNO (AP) - A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval base, killing himself and a passenger, authorities said Thursday.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they can't keep their most personal information safe. Meanwhile, Apple remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it's turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop - the drought-stricken American Southwest.

March 28, 2016 | | State


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults on campus following an outcry over what some saw as light-handed discipline of faculty members who sexually harassed students and staff.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring neurotoxin.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major Christian holidays including Easter.

March 25, 2016 | | State


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Man gets 17 years in prison for steroid- fueled gym slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A court sentenced a Northern California man to 17 years to life in prison on Monday for beating a fellow gym patron ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


California Assembly approves tobacco- free college campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Monday approved banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses, building on a package of ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Evicted SoCal centenarian gets new home

LA QUINTA (AP) - A 100-year-old woman evicted from her apartment has a new home in the Southern California desert after a newspaper reported on her ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across a great ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Hundreds walk pooches to protest dog-walking limits in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of dog owners walked their poodles, corgis, dachshunds and many mutts to protest the proposed limits on dog-walking in San Francisco ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Jurors misusing Internet may face fines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors who threaten to derail trials by researching them on Google or posting comments about them on Twitter are often dismissed with ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Group files suit against Santa Clara over cross in park

SANTA CLARA (AP) - An atheists' group has filed a lawsuit against the Northern California city of Santa Clara because of a large granite cross at ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Late-season storm dumps rain, snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late-season storm moving through California pounded the San Francisco Bay region with rain Friday and brought snow to the southern Cascade ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Pet terrier-mix fatally mauls 3-day-old baby

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while they were in bed with the child's parents, police ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


1996: Spreckels Sugar’s Manteca plant to close

100 years ago

April 22, 2016 | | State


EASTERN SIERRA OVERDUE

RENO (AP) - The Sierra's eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Man faces charge for hoax devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who forced a standoff outside the California Capitol that shut down business for hours had fake explosives in his car, police ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers reject greater twin tunnels scrutiny

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected legislation that would have added protections for water contractors in a massive project to ship water from Northern to ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Standoff ends near State Capitol after man surrenders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A standoff near the California Capitol is over after a vehicle covered in scribbled writing blocked traffic and stalled business for several hours.

April 18, 2016 | | State


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