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Regaining control of prison health care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements.

July 13, 2015 | | State


State-run retirement program advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don't have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday.

July 13, 2015 | | State


Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under a state legislative proposal that will be heard for the first time Tuesday.

July 13, 2015 | | State


Firm to take court disputes online

SAN JOSE (AP) - Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely online.

July 12, 2015 | | State


‘Invasive ‘contraband watch’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches" where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s woes began before uproar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ross Mirkarimi was a rising San Francisco politician when he was elected sheriff - and then the trouble started.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Boating warning: Whales cavort off coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of whales are frolicking off Northern California's coast in a feast for the eyes that has also prompted federal officials to issue a boating warning.

July 12, 2015 | | State


California gas prices spike; may top $4

CAMARILLO (AP) - While gas prices nationwide are on a downward trend, California is experiencing a spike that could see prices top $4 a gallon before easing again, according to analysts.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Firefighter speaks for first time

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno Fire Department captain made his first public appearance since falling through a roof while fighting a house fire more than three months ago.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Drone grounds firefighting planes

YUCAIPA (AP) - Authorities said a drone temporarily halted air tankers that were fighting a wildfire on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.

July 12, 2015 | | State


California bills to regulate Electronic cigarettes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a victory for Big Tobacco, two California bills aimed at curbing youth smoking by cracking down on e-cigarettes and boosting the smoking age to 21 have stalled, with one lawmaker even rejecting his own measure after it was revised.

July 09, 2015 | | State


Study: Science lacking on safety of fracking boom

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of the chemicals used in California's fracking boom likely pose a risk to public health, and the state for years has failed to track and deal with those potential threats, a state-commissioned study concluded Thursday.

July 09, 2015 | | State


Actress Kelly Rutherford testifies at custody hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Kelly Rutherford testified about her finances, travel and her ties to Los Angeles in an attempt to convince a judge to retain control over her international custody dispute with her ex-husband.

July 09, 2015 | | State


Panel hears conflicting safety assessments for Diablo Canyon

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists argued Thursday that government regulators have allowed California's last operating nuclear power plant to sidestep federal rules and conceal the risk of earthquakes that could threaten its twin reactors.

July 09, 2015 | | State


Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when he was given full military honors and reburied at a national cemetery.

July 09, 2015 | | State


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Sexual harassment takes spotlight in California’s capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's been five weeks since nearly 150 women - lobbyists, lawmakers, Republicans, Democrats - signed a letter calling out a pervasive culture of sexual ...

November 24, 2017 | | State


Record setting Thanksgiving temperatures bake SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Among the things Southern Californians had to be thankful for Thursday were record temperatures high enough to send people flocking to beaches ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Man freed decades after double killing conviction

SACRAMENTO AP) - Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Cross-border wedding held as California ‘Door of Hope’ opens

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A United States man and a Mexican woman have wed between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


1,000 bikes found beneath SoCal homeless camp

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities clearing homeless encampments along a Southern California river have found at least two makeshift underground bunkers, including one that contained more ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in Bay Area

MARTINEZ (AP) - Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Light shines on Capitol partying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Napa Valley wineries assess wildfires’ long- term pocketbook effects

NAPA (AP) - A month after deadly wildfires swept through California's famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Two women sue Uber, alleging sexual assault

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two women are suing Uber, alleging that inadequate driver background checks and monitoring left them and thousands of others vulnerable to sexual ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Woman collapses after found in alleged botched murder

VISTA (AP) - A woman collapsed in a California courtroom after hearing she had been found guilty in what authorities called a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Man shoots, kills self in ruins of home burned in wildfires

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old man apparently shot and killed himself amid the remains of his home that burned in last month's ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


UCLA players facing punishment after China shoplifting incident

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Gunman randomly kills 4 in NorCal

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE (AP) - A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire "without provocation" in a tiny, rural Northern California ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


PG&E utility sued for ‘profits over safety’ in rash of deadly wildfires

BURLINGAME (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was blamed in three lawsuits filed Tuesday for negligence in the wildfires that killed more than 40 people ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


Delay makes it unlikely SF will recreational pot Jan. 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors delayed voting Tuesday on proposed pot regulations, making it more unlikely that people in this weed-friendly city will be ...

November 14, 2017 | | State


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