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ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Brown approves gender-neutral status for single occupant restrooms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

SANTA CLARA (AP) - More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Soda-tax battle bubbles up in the SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

September 28, 2016 | | State


El Cajon ifficer guns down refugee in ‘shooting stance’

EL CAJON (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Gun owners expect to fail in blocking new California laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of a gun owners' group said Wednesday that he expects to fall short of forcing a statewide vote to overturn recent California laws that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as firefighters, aided by cooler weather, held back the progress of a wildfire burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Heat wave intensifies wildfires

MORGAN HILL (AP) - A grass fire along a Northern California highway spread to parched trees, and flying embers landed on nearby homes, setting at least eight homes on fire, authorities said.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Blige, Clinton interview clips face ridicule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of clips teasing Mary J. Blige's interview with Hillary Clinton on her upcoming Apple Music show "The 411" isn't winning over social media users.

September 27, 2016 | | State


2 motorcyclists mourned after fatal crashes

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Organizers of a motorcycle event in California offered condolences Tuesday to the families of two rising young riders who died from crashes in two separate races over the weekend.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Police shoot, wound man in San Diego area; protesters gathering

EL CAJON . (AP) - Police shot and wounded a man they said was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb on Tuesday, drawing an angry cluster of protesters that believed it to be another instance of law enforcement shooting an unarmed black man.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Man gets 50 years to life for killing teens in desert bunker

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A man who helped shoot a teenage couple in an abandoned Air Force bunker in the Mojave Desert was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Woman struck by drone at party sues USC fraternity chapter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman is suing a University of Southern California fraternity because a drone fell on her head while it was photographing a frat party.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Brown vetoes in-person jail visitation mandate by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required counties to offer in-person visitation for jail inmates.

September 27, 2016 | | State


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Opponents fight California gun measure, count on Donald Trump

SACRAMENTO AP) - California voters' approval of even tougher gun restrictions leaves opponents trying to contain the damage within the most populous state and across the ...

November 13, 2016 | | State


Trump’s in, California’s out?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Donald Trump's election as president is giving a big social-media boost to an unlikely effort in the nation's most populous state ...

November 11, 2016 | | State


Villaraigosa running for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Thursday that he is running for California governor, joining a competitive field for the 2018 ...

November 11, 2016 | | State


Record injuries in LA police chases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police chases injured more bystanders in 2015 than in any other year in a decade, renewing calls for the Police ...

November 11, 2016 | | State


La Nina is here, may last through winter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - La Nina has arrived and could hang around through winter, government weather forecasters said Thursday.

November 11, 2016 | | State


California legalizes recreational marijuana

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The marijuana legalization movement scored its biggest victory yet Tuesday as voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational pot, making the ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Measure on state mega- projects in near-dead heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California ballot measure that could put two of Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy projects on the line was in a near-dead ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Measure to hike cigarette taxes leads in early returns

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California ballot measure that would increase taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack and start taxing electronic cigarettes was leading in ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Californians favoring reform of death penalty over repeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were leaning Tuesday toward reforming the state's broken death penalty rather than getting rid of it.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Governor’s initiative allowing earlier paroles passes muster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters approved a proposition Tuesday giving California prison officials more say in the release of prisoners.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Prescription drug pricing measure trails in early returns from election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ballot measure that would cap how much California spends on prescription medications for millions of retirees, poor people and prisoners trailed ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Tax the rich for education? California voters says ‘yes’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters approved a ballot proposition Tuesday to continue taxing the rich at a higher rate to raise billions of dollars for ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Limited bilingual education repealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Holiday events at McHenry Mansion set

MODESTO - Two holiday events will benefit the McHenry Mansion.

November 06, 2016 | | State


Yuletide Feast choral concert Dec. 9 at MJC

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents "A Yuletide Feast: Dickens to Rock" choral concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


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