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Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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


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Record setting Thanksgiving temperatures bake SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Among the things Southern Californians had to be thankful for Thursday were record temperatures high enough to send people flocking to beaches ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Man freed decades after double killing conviction

SACRAMENTO AP) - Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Cross-border wedding held as California ‘Door of Hope’ opens

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A United States man and a Mexican woman have wed between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


1,000 bikes found beneath SoCal homeless camp

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities clearing homeless encampments along a Southern California river have found at least two makeshift underground bunkers, including one that contained more ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in Bay Area

MARTINEZ (AP) - Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Light shines on Capitol partying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Napa Valley wineries assess wildfires’ long- term pocketbook effects

NAPA (AP) - A month after deadly wildfires swept through California's famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Two women sue Uber, alleging sexual assault

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two women are suing Uber, alleging that inadequate driver background checks and monitoring left them and thousands of others vulnerable to sexual ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Woman collapses after found in alleged botched murder

VISTA (AP) - A woman collapsed in a California courtroom after hearing she had been found guilty in what authorities called a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Man shoots, kills self in ruins of home burned in wildfires

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old man apparently shot and killed himself amid the remains of his home that burned in last month's ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


UCLA players facing punishment after China shoplifting incident

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Gunman randomly kills 4 in NorCal

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE (AP) - A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire "without provocation" in a tiny, rural Northern California ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


PG&E utility sued for ‘profits over safety’ in rash of deadly wildfires

BURLINGAME (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was blamed in three lawsuits filed Tuesday for negligence in the wildfires that killed more than 40 people ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Delay makes it unlikely SF will recreational pot Jan. 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors delayed voting Tuesday on proposed pot regulations, making it more unlikely that people in this weed-friendly city will be ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


State looks into free DNA tests

SANTA CLARA (AP) - California officials are looking into free DNA tests that are handed out to fans at 49ers games.

November 14, 2017 | | State


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