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Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


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Tax board buying $1.7M in furniture, equipment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An embattled California tax-collecting agency is spending $1.7 million on furniture and equipment for a new Los Angeles County office.

June 26, 2017 | | State


River swelling from snowmelt forces evacuation of 90 homes

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along a river in California, the result of the state's ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


8 injured after man drives into LA pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say eight people were injured after an SUV crashed into a motel swimming pool, KABC TV reports.

June 25, 2017 | | State


New Lake Tahoe lodge praised

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - More than two decades after developers first faced a series of stringent regulations, a $100 million lodge has opened on the south ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


Snowmelt triggers flooding in SJ Valley

KINSBURG (AP) - People living along a swelling river in Central California were ordered to evacuate after levee breaches along the Kings River, authorities said Saturday.

June 25, 2017 | | State


LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police Chief Charlie Beck told graduating cadets on Saturday to "be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing" after a scandal ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


The G League replacing the NBA’s D-League

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June 20, 2017 | | State


No retirement talk from Feinstein, oldest Senator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's oldest U.S. senator looks like she's sticking around.

June 18, 2017 | | State


With budget done, lawmakers turn to other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After approving a $125 billion budget last week, California lawmakers are turning their attention to other matters for the last three months ...

June 18, 2017 | | State


Tourists descend as temperatures climb toward 120 in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up ...

June 18, 2017 | | State


Supervisor Tom Patti hosts Tuesday meeting

Newly elected San Joaquin County Board of Supervisor, Tom Patti, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at City Hall located at 390 ...

June 17, 2017 | | State


California ordering inspections at aging dams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is ordering immediate spillway inspections at about 70 aging dams that it believes might not be sound enough to protect downstream communities ...

June 15, 2017 | | State


Contra Costa County DA resigns, pleads no contest to perjury charge

MARTINEZ (AP) - Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson resigned Wednesday and pleaded no contest to perjury over his use of campaign funds for personal ...

June 15, 2017 | | State


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