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New California law expands who can perform abortions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in California will be allowed to perform a type of early abortion under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, an action that drew condemnation from Catholic bishops and that came as many conservative states are limiting access to abortion services.

October 09, 2013 | | State

Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State

Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State

Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State

Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State

SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State

PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State

State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State

Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State

New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State

LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State

News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State

PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State

Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State

Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State

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Murder suspect mistakenly freed found

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton authorities have arrested an Abbeville man who had been mistakenly released from a Louisiana jail while awaiting trial on a first-degree murder ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Modi touts social media, tech

MENLO PARK (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the power of social media and his own goals for developing India's tech economy on ...

September 27, 2015 | | State

Unlicensed worker did surgeries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A physician assistant who wasn't licensed or trained to perform surgery operated on hundreds of patients while the orthopedic surgeon who ...

September 25, 2015 | | State

Report : Expand SeaWorld killer whale tanks

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld should be allowed to build a much larger facility for its killer whales, a state government report recommended Friday in a ...

September 25, 2015 | | State

Hundreds of deported illegals could return

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were deported from the U.S. after representing themselves in court may be allowed to ...

September 25, 2015 | | State

Dramatic response to wildfire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A daughter was worried about her elderly parents trying to flee a massive California wildfire on horseback.

September 24, 2015 | | State

Top-ranking Mormon leader dies at 86

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon leader Richard G. Scott died Tuesday at the age of 86 - leaving the religion with three openings on its top ...

September 22, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

Panel proposes emergency funds for homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's no secret to people who walk or drive the streets of Los Angeles that homeless people - tens of thousands of ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

Judge largely upholds Berkeley cellphone law

BERKELEY (AP) - A federal judge has mostly upheld a new Berkeley ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about keeping their cellphones too close ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

District eyes building huge recycling plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's largest water provider said it's looking into partnering with sanitation districts to create what officials say could be ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

Fire evacuees return to little more than ash

ANDERSON SPRINGS (AP) - Krystal La Plante and her boyfriend returned to the remains of their three-bedroom home to find only a ceramic drip coffee pot ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

1 killed, 5 hurt after car smashes into health club

LIVERMORE (AP) - An 80-year-old driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake Tuesday before plowing through the doors of a Northern California health ...

September 22, 2015 | | State

Baking SoCal may get rain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California is in for more end-of-summer heat and then a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

September 21, 2015 | | State

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