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SJ Valley braces for unemployment surge

MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s last big farm owner dies at 88

SAN JOSE (AP) - Walter Cottle Lester, a third-generation California farmer who stubbornly refused to sell his family's 237-acre ranch to developers even as Silicon Valley rose up around it and made the land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has died at age 88.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Nurses didn’t heed orders to watch patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nurses at a San Francisco hospital did not heed doctors' orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days later, a newspaper reported.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Mother, boyfriend detained by Napa police in death of 3-year-old girl

NAPA (AP) - A Northern California woman wanted for questioning in the death of her 3-year-old daughter was detained along with her boyfriend Sunday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station and turned over to authorities who are investigating the child's death as a homicide, police said.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Teen planned to sell Guy Fieri’s car

MARIN (AP) - A Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to sell the car and also commit a jewelry heist, according to court documents.

January 31, 2014 | | State


State says gang members can change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Pension measure less likely to make ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Convicted state lawmaker introduces crime bill to reduce gravity of his felonies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week introduced a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California weighs illegal immigrant license rules

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California flu deaths jump to 147 surpassing last season’s count

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials said Friday that 147 people in the state have died from the flu this season, surpassing last season's death toll.

January 31, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK: 12% OF NORMAL

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Brown: Flush less, take shorter showers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."

January 30, 2014 | | State


‘Ghost guns’ face rules under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Ripon council honors pair for service to community & Senior Commission

William (Bill) Hunter and Jake Van Duyn could be seen at many of the community events in Ripon.

January 30, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | State


Report: Caltrans. needs ‘modernizing’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.

January 30, 2014 | | State


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Nevada casinos turn profit in fiscal 2016; 1st since 2008

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's biggest casinos combined to turn a profit in fiscal 2016 for the first time in eight years, but it wasn ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Huge shift: Snowfall goes from 67% to 161%:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Recent storms bearing some of the heaviest snow and rain to hit Northern California in decades have helped bring a dramatic turnaround ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


STORMS CARRY WALLOP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Obama expands coastal national monument

EUREKA (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded the territory of the California Coastal National Monument, adding six sites and more than 6,000 acres ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Flames spew from south state fire station while crew is away

BUENA PARK (AP) - Flames poured from the windows of a fire station on a rainy Southern California morning, the raging blaze destroying firefighting vehicles and ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


UC system creates sexual violence post

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has created a new post for a Title IX coordinator to oversee efforts across its 10 campuses to ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Snow: Too much of good thing for skiers in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - The staggering snow totals in the Sierra - more than 10 feet the past week at some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe - are taking ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


State revenue is growing, so why the talk of deficits?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's economy is expanding and voters just approved billions of dollars in tax increases, yet Gov. Jerry Brown this week projected a ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


Flooded California residents rescued as storms recede

HOLLISTER (AP) - Rescue workers used boats and firetrucks to evacuate dozens of Northern California residents from their flooded homes Wednesday as a drought-busting series of ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


Rapper sues San Diego over gang conspiracy law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A hip-hop musician and a community organizer have sued the city of San Diego for federal civil rights violations over being jailed ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


A tornado in California? Not as rare as you might think

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The latest storm to wallop Northern California whipped up a small tornado that downed trees and fences near Sacramento.

January 11, 2017 | | State


‘Atmospheric rivers’ soak California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - They're called "atmospheric rivers" and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


I-80 reopens in Sierra 20 hours after mudslide

TRUCKEE (AP) - U.S. Interstate 80 has reopened over the top of the Sierra Nevada after a mudslide shut it down for nearly 20 hours ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


Wine country hit hard by heavy storms

FORESTVILLE (AP) - Emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters rushed to take advantage of a one-day break between storms Monday to rescue stranded people and ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


LA advises swimmers, surfers to avoid ocean due to runoff

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County health officials are advising swimmers and surfers to stay out of the ocean for at least three days because ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


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