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About ‘working’ companion dogs

DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...

February 09, 2014 | Didi mcelroy | State


‘Covered California planning for budget deficit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Storm brings snow, rain but still way too little

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Inland Empire draws LA residents despite lack of jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Rain reveals leaks on new Bay Bridge section

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While the weekend rain was a welcome sight in many parts of drought-hit Northern California, California transportation officials said the moisture reached a place it shouldn't have - inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

February 09, 2014 | | State


Man taking photo in tree gets electrocuted, killed

TUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted and killed while perched in a tree to shoot a photograph of the sunset.

February 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• $48K RAISED TO SAVE SF'S 'DOGGIE DINER' HEADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The restaurant chain that they advertised is long gone, but San Francisco's Doggie Diner heads are still beloved by city residents.

February 08, 2014 | | State


Amid drought, California government cuts water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Government in drought-afflicted California is trying to lead by example and cut water use by the same 20 percent that residents have been asked to save.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest storm in over a year hitting California this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drought-stricken California got its first glimpse Friday of a big weekend storm system the likes of which, forecasters say, the state has not seen in more than a year.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Woman gets credit offer with sexual slur

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An international honor society and Bank of America apologized Friday for a credit card offer to a feminist writer that referred to her by a sexual slur.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Officers shoot woman pointing fake gun

OXNARD (AP) - Oxnard police say officers shot and critically wounded a woman they believed was suicidal after she pointed a gun at them that turned out to be a replica.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Drought bringing Obama to Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - President Obama is set to make his first visit to the city of Fresno next Friday to discuss the California's ongoing drought and the federal government's efforts to tackle it.

February 07, 2014 | | State


State leaders push for smartphone kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen - a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Santa Cruz man crashes, stabs himself with glass

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Police in Santa Cruz say a man committed suicide by crashing his car into a theater and then stabbing himself in the neck and torso with pieces of the glass debris.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Charles Schwab to move 1,000 San Francisco jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Charles Schwab Corp. said Thursday it is planning to move about 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco over the next three to five years.

February 06, 2014 | | State


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RAIN WATER + WARMER DAYS = MOSQUITOES

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) urges mosquito prevention now to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease later.

April 15, 2016 | | State


SJ County is among agencies suing Metro Water District

STOCKTON - The Planning and Conservation League and Food and Water Watch, as well as three Delta local agencies, Central Delta Water Agency, Contra Costa County ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


La Nina: Dry winter in 2016-17?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the midst of an epic El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

April 15, 2016 | | State


Challenge to Obama water deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Democrats in Congress launched challenges Thursday to a proposed Obama administration settlement with a powerful California water district, including announcing their ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


EPA fails to protect drinking water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Trump to speak at GOP convention ahead of primary

BURLINGAME (AP) - Donald Trump, who has been sharply criticizing the Republican Party's system for selecting delegates in the presidential contest, will speak at a ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


SF 99-year-old facing eviction can stay for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For now, 99-year-old Iris Canada can keep climbing the stairs to the apartment where she has lived for more than 60 years ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Tennille on the Captain: ‘I’ve never felt loved by him’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It wasn't love but inertia that kept them together.

April 13, 2016 | | State


Coyote found shot in head, starving delivers healthy pups

SOLVANG (AP) - First, rescuers realized the emaciated coyote they pulled from the bottom of an empty reservoir in Southern California was blind from being shot ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Pastor sinks half-court shot, donates auto prize

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento pastor who sank a half-court shot at a Sacramento Kings game plans to raffle the car he won to raise money ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


Atwater special needs student stabbed at school

ATWATER (AP) - A 16-year-old California high school student who is enrolled in a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth was stabbed in the back Wednesday ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


70 YEARS ON THE JOB

BERKELEY (AP) - Talk about a loyal employee: Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same San Francisco Bay Area hospital, and ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


BART, unions reach 4-year contract extension

OAKLAND AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit and three of its major unions reached a four-year contract extension that includes raises and avoids strikes like ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


UK’s Daily Mail in hunt to buy Yahoo

SUNNYVALE (AP) - The owner of Britain's Daily Mail is in early discussions over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

April 10, 2016 | | State


State medical pot czar never smoked marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical marijuana czar says she believes there's a need for weed, although she's never smoked pot herself.

April 10, 2016 | | State


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