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Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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Tax board buying $1.7M in furniture, equipment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An embattled California tax-collecting agency is spending $1.7 million on furniture and equipment for a new Los Angeles County office.

June 26, 2017 | | State


River swelling from snowmelt forces evacuation of 90 homes

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along a river in California, the result of the state's ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


8 injured after man drives into LA pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say eight people were injured after an SUV crashed into a motel swimming pool, KABC TV reports.

June 25, 2017 | | State


New Lake Tahoe lodge praised

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - More than two decades after developers first faced a series of stringent regulations, a $100 million lodge has opened on the south ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


Snowmelt triggers flooding in SJ Valley

KINSBURG (AP) - People living along a swelling river in Central California were ordered to evacuate after levee breaches along the Kings River, authorities said Saturday.

June 25, 2017 | | State


LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police Chief Charlie Beck told graduating cadets on Saturday to "be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing" after a scandal ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite ...

June 25, 2017 | | State


The G League replacing the NBA’s D-League

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June 20, 2017 | | State


No retirement talk from Feinstein, oldest Senator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's oldest U.S. senator looks like she's sticking around.

June 18, 2017 | | State


With budget done, lawmakers turn to other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After approving a $125 billion budget last week, California lawmakers are turning their attention to other matters for the last three months ...

June 18, 2017 | | State


Tourists descend as temperatures climb toward 120 in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up ...

June 18, 2017 | | State


Supervisor Tom Patti hosts Tuesday meeting

Newly elected San Joaquin County Board of Supervisor, Tom Patti, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at City Hall located at 390 ...

June 17, 2017 | | State


California ordering inspections at aging dams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is ordering immediate spillway inspections at about 70 aging dams that it believes might not be sound enough to protect downstream communities ...

June 15, 2017 | | State


Contra Costa County DA resigns, pleads no contest to perjury charge

MARTINEZ (AP) - Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson resigned Wednesday and pleaded no contest to perjury over his use of campaign funds for personal ...

June 15, 2017 | | State


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