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State mandates low-water lawns on renovated, new homes & buildings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Federal agencies defend response to SoCal oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Competency trial for 2012 mass shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.

May 29, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | State


Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


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Health enrollment surpasses projections

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state's Medicaid program - nearly three times more than the ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Baby believed kidnapped near Los Angeles found safe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 13-month-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a California motel was found safe, and two men were arrested on suspicion ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Police arrest father of girl found dead with four others

MODESTO (AP) - A man was arrested Sunday in the deaths of his daughter, two other girls and two women whose bodies were found in a ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


5th drowning in 3 weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are working to recover the body of a man they say drowned near the The victim is a 24-year-old ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Demi Moore ‘in shock’ after man drowns in her pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


More rain hits SoCal on 2nd day of storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California was expected to bring heavy rain and set more rainfall ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


HITCHHIKING ROBOT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Final beach fouled by oil spill reopened

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Oakland may drop plan to sell land for at-market high-rise housing

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland has paused a plan to sell land for a luxury high-rise in the sparkling Lake Merritt district, possibly killing the idea after ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Kidnapping suspect : Victim merits apology

DUBLIN (AP) - The 38-year-old man charged in the kidnapping of a Northern California woman that police initially dismissed as a hoax says his alleged victim ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


SF ballot to include freeze on luxury housing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposal to freeze the construction of luxury housing in a San Francisco neighborhood has qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.

July 17, 2015 | | State


DESTROYS 20 VEHICLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


California jobless rate drops to 6.3%

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped back to 6.3 percent in June after seeing a slight increase in May, the state Employment Development ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


NAACP calls paper’s drawings of Sacramento mayor racist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A weekly newspaper has been criticized for its illustrations of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that civil rights leaders and prominent members of the ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


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