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State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

May 20, 2015 | | State


California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Entries sought for student film contest

TRACY - The Grand Foundation is now accepting short film submissions for its 2018 Student Film Festival taking place on March 17 at the Grand Theatre ...

October 26, 2017 | | State


MJC offers free presentation ‘Ocean Engine of Life’ Nov. 3

MDOESTO – The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) invites the community to dive into the "Ocean Engine of Life," a free, family science show by ...

October 26, 2017 | | State


It ain’t free, babe: Dylan guitar expected to fetch $300,000

DALLAS (AP) - A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in 1970s is expected to sell for more than $300,000 when it goes ...

October 26, 2017 | | State


TRUMP OPPOSES TWIN TUNNELS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration pulled support Wednesday from Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious plan to build California's biggest water project in decades ...

October 25, 2017 | | State


Brother of Vegas shooter suspected of child porn possession

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of possessing child pornography, authorities said Wednesday.

October 25, 2017 | | State


States lose push to force Trump to restart subsidies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected a request from 18 states and the District of Columbia to force the Trump administration ...

October 25, 2017 | | State


Democrats fall short on gathering signatures to halt recall election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Democrats fell far short of collecting enough signatures to prevent a recall election of state Sen. Josh Newman, a vulnerable Democrat targeted ...

October 25, 2017 | | State


Yosemite weekly pass may go from $30 to $70

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in ...

October 24, 2017 | | State


California’s chief justice calls for end to cash bail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top judge said Tuesday she wants to do away with the state's cash bail system, adding a powerful voice ...

October 24, 2017 | | State


California’s chief justice calls for end to cash bail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top judge said Tuesday she wants to do away with the state's cash bail system, adding a powerful voice ...

October 24, 2017 | | State


Judge: Trump cuts not immediate threat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday hammered an attorney for California over the state's push for a court order immediately reinstating "Obamacare ...

October 23, 2017 | | State


California Senate plans outside investigation on sexual harassment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate announced Monday that it has hired a law firm to investigate sexual harassment allegations as pressure builds for lawmakers to ...

October 23, 2017 | | State


Shooting kills 2, injures 2, including officer

CLEARLAKE OAKS (AP) - A series of shootings Monday in a small lakeside Northern California community killed two people and injured two others, including a police ...

October 23, 2017 | | State


Record clean-up starts in wine country

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Government officials outlined plans Monday for what they say will be the largest fire clean-up in California history, aimed at removing hazardous ...

October 23, 2017 | | State


Heat, Santa Ana winds raise SoCal fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Records fell as temperatures soared into triple digits across Southern California on Monday and authorities warned of more dangerous heat plus gusty ...

October 23, 2017 | | State


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