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State prisons chief departs, oversaw shift to smaller system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections chief announced Thursday that he is stepping down after three years overseeing a prison system that has dramatically shrunk in response to federal court orders and voters' wishes.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Regulators fine utility $16.7 million over private talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Regulators fined a Southern California utility $16.7 million on Thursday for failing to report private talks between a utility executive and a top state regulator.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Question mark for Nov. jobs report: Did pay growth continue?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the government prepares to issue the November jobs report, a key question remains unanswered: Is the U.S. job market finally healthy enough to lift Americans' long-stagnant pay?

December 04, 2015 | | State


California Supreme Court OKs organic labeling lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Consumers have a right to file lawsuits under California law alleging food products are falsely labeled "organic," the state Supreme Court ruled.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Man shot in head files claim against LAPD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An unarmed man who lost a quarter of his skull after being shot by a Los Angeles police officer notified the city and police department on Wednesday that he plans to sue, claiming the shooting was part of a broad, disturbing pattern in the police force of the nation's second-largest city.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Zukerberg $45B organization to change charity landscape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is shaking up yet another sector - the charity world - with his surprise announcement that he and his wife will devote the bulk of their wealth, or about $45 billion, to philanthropic works.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Self-cleaning litter box fuels online pet supply sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather and Bobby Hill found their pot of gold in cat poop. Sales of a litter box that automatically cleans itself have been creeping up for years but in the last two, they grew nearly 400 percent and turned December into the couple's busiest time of year instead of its slowest.

December 02, 2015 | | State


14 dead, more than a dozen wounded in California shooting

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - As many as three heavily armed attackers opened fire on a banquet at a social services center for the disabled Wednesday, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen "as if they were on a mission," authorities said.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Board denies parole to ‘San Francisco witch killer’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of two so-called "San Francisco witch killers" was denied parole Wednesday, state prison officials said.

December 02, 2015 | | State


Wealthy nurses union endorses Newsom for California governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The politically powerful California Nurses Association announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's bid to become governor - nearly three full years before the general election contest.

December 02, 2015 | | State


California water supplies not looking good for 2016

FRESNO (AP) - Public water agencies that serve millions of residents in drought-weary California might only receive 10 percent of expected supplies in 2016 - half the amount that flowed to them this year through the state's massive system of reservoirs and canals, state officials say.

December 02, 2015 | | State


California misses target for saving water

FRESNO (AP) - Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October, marking the first month residents have missed the state's mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June, officials said Tuesday in Sacramento.

December 01, 2015 | | State


Flights aid post-Thanksgiving travel efforts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold air mass over California prompted widespread freeze warnings and watches Friday, raising concerns for crops in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and for homeless people in urban centers, even as skiers and snowboarders took advantage of snowy slopes.

November 29, 2015 | | State


Cold air mass brings freeze warnings to California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold air mass over California prompted widespread freeze warnings and watches Friday, raising concerns for crops in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and for homeless people in urban centers, even as skiers and snowboarders took advantage of snowy slopes.

November 27, 2015 | | State


California reactors face uncertain future

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.

November 27, 2015 | | State


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California teacher pension changes may need fix

SACRAMENTO AP) - State lawmakers should consider changing a plan they adopted two years ago to stabilize the finances of California's teacher pension system, the ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


California misses water savings target

FRESNO (AP) - Residents of drought-stricken California used 18 percent less water in December and for a third straight month fell short of the 25 percent ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


Chipotle: Criminal investigation widens, sales plunge 14.6 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - The E. coli outbreak that was linked to Chipotle restaurants may be over, but the burrito chain's indigestion continues.

February 02, 2016 | | State


VW submits fix for 3.0-liter diesels to California officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel engines ...

February 02, 2016 | | State


Motorist killed by falling tree in south state storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A motorist was fatally struck by a tree that toppled as a winter storm moved across California, bringing powerful winds, heavy rain ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


Daughters of Casey Kasem, Peter Falk tackle elder visitation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The daughters of two late celebrities are seeking easier ways for family and friends to visit ailing elders, and have brought separate ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


SAG: ‘Spotlight’ wins best ensemble

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Screen Actors Guild Awards were not so white.

January 31, 2016 | | State


Police search for woman who stole Campbell patrol car

CAMPBELL (AP) - Police in Northern California are searching for a woman and a man accused of ramming into a patrol car, injuring an officer and ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


University admits liability in Cal player Ted Agu’s death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has acknowledged its negligence was a substantial factor in the death of former California football player Ted Agu.

January 31, 2016 | | State


Wet winter storm moves into Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California was drenched Sunday as the latest winter storm brought downpours, heavy winds and mountain snow.

January 31, 2016 | | State


SF police recite pledge to root out intolerance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


How did 3 men escaped from jail?

SANTA ANA (AP) - Now that the three violent inmates who escaped from a California jail are back in custody, the focus will turn to how ...

January 31, 2016 | | State


Crews demolishing SF house sliding off hill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews are tearing down a multimillion-dollar San Francisco house that is sliding down a hill, threatening other homes.

January 29, 2016 | | State


California proposal would open single-stall restrooms to anyone

SACRAMENTO (AP) - All single-person bathrooms in California would become gender-neutral under legislation proposed in the state Legislature.

January 29, 2016 | | State


US agrees to environmental review of offshore oil fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has agreed to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until it studies whether the practice is safe ...

January 29, 2016 | | State


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