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Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


California reports whooping-cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco thrilled to be in Olympics hunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is thrilled that his city is one of four U.S. cities still in the running to possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Janitor accused of recording women

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a janitor for a contract cleaning company has been arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women in a restroom at Anaheim City Hall.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Ethics expert hired after high school scandals

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has hired an ethics consultant to work at a high school where some students allegedly hacked into computers and others held a controversial "prom draft."

June 13, 2014 | | State


Man freed in jury mistake killed hour later

FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Brown, lawmakers face budget deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman dies in overgrown yard

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Brain-dead girl on ventilator getting diploma

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Democrats replace ‘spend’ with ‘invest’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Groups allege abuse of child immigrants by border staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.

June 11, 2014 | | State


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SF Chinatown gang leader gets life in prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dapper San Francisco Chinatown gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" whose conviction on murder and racketeering charges was part of a major ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Demos tout endorsements for California Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The two Democrats seeking California's U.S. Senate seat rolled out dueling endorsements Thursday that highlighted political dynamics that are shaping ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


2 babies born with Zika-related defects in state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects in California to mothers who were infected overseas, health officials said Thursday.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pokemon Go player in brutal attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man is recovering after being brutally attacked with a knife while playing Pokemon Go in San Jose last week.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Man arrested in old killing after woman browses LAPD website

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a suspect in a 16-year-old homicide after a woman browsing the "most wanted" section of the Los Angeles Police Department ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Probe of fatal crash starts with driver, bus

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Investigators are collecting medical records and lining up interviews with relatives of a bus driver in a crash that killed four passengers in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


San Diego police view body-camera footage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators viewed body-camera footage to learn how one San Diego police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a gunbattle during ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Big Sur fire grows; new blaze near Fresno

BIG SUR. (AP) - Crews battled a massive wildfire near California's Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


State bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground - California's religious colleges and universities.

July 31, 2016 | | State


Weapon used in teen’s killing was stolen from Stockton mayor

STOCKTON (AP) - A gun stolen from the Stockton mayor's home whose theft he failed to immediately report was used to kill a 13-year-old boy ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Skydiver jumps, lands without chute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After leaping from an airplane, Luke Aikins rocketed toward earth for two minutes, and then calmly flipped onto his back at the ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


15-year murder of Modesto intern

Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, saying they can no longer prove their case ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Sky Zone Stockton plans school supply giveaway, haircuts Sunday

STOCKTON - Sky Zone Stockton - a unique indoor trampoline park - is partnering with "Stockton 209 Cares" to host a Back to School event featuring a school ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Car plows into house, killing 1 & injuring 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police searched Thursday for the driver of a car that plowed into the front of a Los Angeles house where a group ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Big Sur coastline wildfire is big & getting bigger

BIG SUR (AP) - Firefighters struggled Thursday to get the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning along California's picturesque Big Sur coastline, where anxious ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


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