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• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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Democrats advance 12 gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats on a California legislative panel voted Tuesday to advance a dozen proposed gun control measures, including one that requires people to turn ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor bumps Stanford sex assault judge from new case

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A Northern California judge at the center of a recall campaign after his handling of a Stanford University sexual assault case was ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Apple makes Siri smarter, adds software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Armed man headed to gay pride parade wasn’t allowed to have guns

LOS ANGELES. (AP) - An Indiana man arrested in California over the weekend with three assault rifles had been ordered by a judge in April to ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Performing pilot whale, Bubbles, dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the park reported.

June 12, 2016 | | State


POLICE NEVER GAVE UP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California mother was reunited Thursday with her abducted son, laying eyes on him and wrapping her arms around him for the ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Judge: Transgender California inmates must get female items

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials must let transgender inmates have more female-oriented commissary items including nightgowns, robes, sandals, scarves and necklaces as part of a ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


SUPER-SIZED EL NINO IS OVER

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This year's monstrous El Nino, nicknamed Godzilla by NASA, is dead. It heated up the globe, but didn't quite end ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


9th District: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Nearly 2.6 million votes outstanding in primary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 2.6 million ballots are still to be counted in California's presidential primary election, California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown, lawmakers agree on California spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders reached an agreement Thursday on a state budget that expands funding for subsidized child care and ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Aid-in-dying law concerns some poor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California today becomes the latest state to allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives, raising worries among some ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans now swing votes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California's open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Three teenage boys arrested in attacks against Trump supporters

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California said Wednesday they have arrested three teenage boys involved in violent attacks against Donald Trump supporters after a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Your phone may sense everything around you

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings - the room's size, the location of doors and windows and ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


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