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California safety board says no to mandatory condoms in porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Water board sues Army Corps over Los Angeles River dredging

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a regional water board accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating the federal Clean Water Act during two dredge and fill operations along the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Posey says he’s committed to conserving water at his home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey would like to clear up one thing about his property landing on a list of excessive water users in the drought-ravaged Bay Area: The San Francisco Giants catcher insists he worked with landscapers to take appropriate measures to save water before he and his wife moved into their suburban home in 2013.

February 18, 2016 | | State


2 LA officers charged with rape on duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While one Los Angeles police officer acted as a lookout in the front seat of a departmental car, a 19-year-old woman working as a drug informant was forced to perform oral sex on his partner in the back seat after being told, "You have to do what the police tell you to do," the teenager said in a federal court filing.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Rain, snow hit California after record heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After three days of record-breaking heat, a cold front from Oregon brought high winds and rain to Northern California on Wednesday with gusts of up to 45 mph in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Woman recants, California man freed after 18 years in prison

LAKEPORT (AP) - A man who spent 18 years in prison for child molestation has been ordered released after his victim recanted her abuse claims.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors want 8 year sentence for state senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors recommended Wednesday that a judge sentence a former California state senator convicted of racketeering to 8 years in prison, saying such a sentence would reflect the "breadth and length" of his crimes and act as a deterrent to others.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Hospital paid 17K ransom to hackers of its computer network

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom in bitcoins equivalent to about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network, the medical center's chief executive said Wednesday.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Law determines transgender bathroom use

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Graphic photos begin ‘‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Their bodies were dumped in alleys and garbage bins in South Los Angeles, some naked, some covered with mattresses and trash. Most had been shot in the chest after some type of sexual contact, others strangled.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Instagram post draws attention

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - A heart carved into red rock is drawing the attention of authorities in Arizona who are investigating to see if actress Vanessa Hudgens is the culprit.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Covered California no-bid contracts under fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor on Tuesday questioned the use of no-bid contracts at the Covered California health insurance exchange, saying it spent nearly $200 million during a three-year period without seeking competitive bids on 64 contracts.

February 16, 2016 | | State


SF man pleads guilty to having toxin that’s unregistered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man who was the target of a nationwide FBI hunt two years ago after deadly toxins and bomb-making material were allegedly found in his apartment agreed Tuesday to a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 16, 2016 | | State


More summerlike heat before rain and snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is having another day of unseasonable warmth before a low-pressure system brings rain and snow.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Palo Alto teen suicides in subject of study

PALO ALTO (AP) - A team of mental health experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to be in California this week to investigate a series of suicides by teenagers in the affluent university town of Palo Alto.

February 15, 2016 | | 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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