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Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mexico’s president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

MERCED (AP) - A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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La Nina: Dry winter in 2016-17?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the midst of an epic El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

April 15, 2016 | | State


Challenge to Obama water deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Democrats in Congress launched challenges Thursday to a proposed Obama administration settlement with a powerful California water district, including announcing their ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


EPA fails to protect drinking water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Trump to speak at GOP convention ahead of primary

BURLINGAME (AP) - Donald Trump, who has been sharply criticizing the Republican Party's system for selecting delegates in the presidential contest, will speak at a ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


SF 99-year-old facing eviction can stay for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For now, 99-year-old Iris Canada can keep climbing the stairs to the apartment where she has lived for more than 60 years ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Tennille on the Captain: ‘I’ve never felt loved by him’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It wasn't love but inertia that kept them together.

April 13, 2016 | | State


Coyote found shot in head, starving delivers healthy pups

SOLVANG (AP) - First, rescuers realized the emaciated coyote they pulled from the bottom of an empty reservoir in Southern California was blind from being shot ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Pastor sinks half-court shot, donates auto prize

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento pastor who sank a half-court shot at a Sacramento Kings game plans to raffle the car he won to raise money ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Atwater special needs student stabbed at school

ATWATER (AP) - A 16-year-old California high school student who is enrolled in a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth was stabbed in the back Wednesday ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


70 YEARS ON THE JOB

BERKELEY (AP) - Talk about a loyal employee: Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same San Francisco Bay Area hospital, and ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


BART, unions reach 4-year contract extension

OAKLAND AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit and three of its major unions reached a four-year contract extension that includes raises and avoids strikes like ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


UK’s Daily Mail in hunt to buy Yahoo

SUNNYVALE (AP) - The owner of Britain's Daily Mail is in early discussions over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

April 10, 2016 | | State


State medical pot czar never smoked marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical marijuana czar says she believes there's a need for weed, although she's never smoked pot herself.

April 10, 2016 | | State


Schools not immune to lead

FRESNO (AP) - Since the beginning of the school year, the drinking fountains have been off limits for students at Foothill Intermediate School.

April 10, 2016 | | State


California protects pay by gender, is race next?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


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