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Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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


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Lawyer wants California court to parole Manson follower

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Dental records needed to identify 4

COLUMBIA (AP) - It will be next week before the four people killed when a small plane crashed and burned in Northern California are identified, authorities ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Skydiver jumping without parachute

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - He's made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world's most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Most death-defying stunts of all time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although he's one of the most accomplished skydivers in the world, Luke Aikins will tell you what he's about to ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Bulldozer operator killed fighting blaze

BIG SUR (AP) - The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


California heat prompts energy conservation ‘Flex Alert’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Operators of California's power grid called for electricity conservation Wednesday as high temperatures hit much of the state, including scorching weather ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Busy camps serve needs of front-line state firefighters

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - As flames from a raging wildfire raced down mountainsides last weekend toward houses tucked in canyons north of Los Angeles, a sprawling ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Big cats returned to sanctuary

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats were returned Wednesday to a sanctuary north of Los Angeles, four days ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Boy to get new prosthetic leg after beach theft

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) - A 4-year-old boy whose artificial leg was stolen while he played at a Southern California beach will soon get a replacement.

July 27, 2016 | | State


Cushman plans online ‘town hall’

Manteca City Council candidate David Cushman will be hosting an online live video chat on Facebook, which will take place on Friday, July 29, beginning ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Prestige program engages seniors

With age comes the freedom of retirement, the joy of grandchildren and the wisdom gained from lifelong experiences. But, it can also come with the ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Fifth civil judge restored for SJ

San Joaquin Superior Court, Presiding Judge Jose L. Alva, and Assistant Presiding Judge Linda L. Lofthus have announce the reinstatement of a fifth judge, Elizabeth ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Wildfire shuts down Big Sur parks

BIG SUR (AP) - California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the ...

July 26, 2016 | | State


Pitching for twin Delta tunnels

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive ...

July 26, 2016 | | State


Home trends make fires worse

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone.

July 26, 2016 | | State


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