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Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


LA deputies arrested for camping gunplay

CHINO (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies staying at separate sites on a Southern California campground were arrested after authorities said they pulled guns on each other and fired them into the air during a dispute over loud music.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Job reductions expected at EDD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program, state officials told employees.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPLE REVISES SF STORE PLANS TO PRESERVE FOUNTAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. has redesigned its plans for a flagship store in San Francisco to preserve a popular bronze fountain that has stood at the site for four decades.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Fire crews report progress against Yosemite fire

TUOLUMNE CITY (AP) - Crews were finally gaining ground by late Monday on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as officials also expressed optimism that no water or power disruptions would come from the blaze burning along the shores of the main reservoir that supplies San Francisco.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire creates smoky Reno air quality concerns

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Health officials say concerns about air quality in the Reno area are likely to continue for at least another day or two as a result of the smoke pouring in from the huge wildfire 150 miles away at Yosemite National Park.

August 27, 2013 | | State


3-foot buffer between cars, bikes?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill on Monday that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in the same direction, despite Gov. Jerry Brown's previous vetoes of similar legislation.

August 26, 2013 | | State


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Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Sunken WWII aircraft carrier is rediscovered off California coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.

April 17, 2015 | | State


As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

April 16, 2015 | | State


250 native elk die inside fenced area

POINT REYES (AP) - More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Some SF Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Cities: water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.

April 16, 2015 | | State


California’s deadliest roadkill spots

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Ruling on pot classification upsets advocates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Sierra drought keeping several Lake Tahoe boat ramps closed

TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.

April 15, 2015 | | State


‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Experts remove whale carcass south of SF

PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

April 15, 2015 | | State


120 days for clubbing death of 925 chickens

FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Where can sex offenders reside?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Lobbying for California to go to pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

April 14, 2015 | | State


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