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Twin sisters reunited in SoCal after 78 years apart

FULLERTON (AP) - It's been 78 years since Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were last together - in their mother's womb.

May 04, 2014 | | State


SF man enters wrong apartment, shot dead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a 26-year-old San Francisco man who was fatally shot says he entered the wrong apartment in the early morning hours after a night out drinking.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Veteran’s daughter sues over father’s remains

SACRAMENTO AP) - The daughter of a Vietnam War veteran who died in 2005 has sued county officials, saying they mishandled her father's remains by burying him in a pauper's grave when he deserved higher honors.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Spam to be used to lure invasive big-headed ants

COSTA MESA (AP) - California agriculture officials are on the hunt for an invasive species of ant that's been spotted in an Orange County yard -- and they'll use Spam as bait.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Biplane crashes at Travis AFB air show

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A vintage biplane crashed Sunday while performing at a Northern California air show attended by thousands of people.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Wildfire fear rises; tanker fleet incomplete

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Illegal drones a daily sight in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Stabbing prompts search for state fire battalion chief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement authorities were searching Friday for a training instructor for the state's firefighting agency after a woman was found fatally stabbed in a Sacramento-area home.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Sonoma enters power business against PG&E

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A second public agency began providing electricity to residents under California's community choice aggregation program.

May 02, 2014 | | State


Little state could have done to keep Toyota

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.

May 02, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK 18% OF NORMAL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With summer approaching and California's snowpack measuring a fraction of normal, state officials said Thursday they will likely order farmers and other big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Bill cleans up illegals driver’s license program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers approved on Thursday tweaks to a program Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, after businesses and advocates raised concerns.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Group sues to stop high tech shuttles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of transportation activists have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco seeking to block commuter shuttles from using Municipal Railway bus stops, a practice that has sparked protests by local residents.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Kidnapping victim crashes car to escape Mountain View abductor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A man was charged Thursday with abducting two women in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of whom crashed a vehicle on a freeway to escape the kidnapper after he choked and threatened to kill her, police and the woman say.

May 01, 2014 | | State


Boys’ feet cut as 19 razor blades found at park

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say 19 razor blades have been found at a San Diego park where two boys were treated for cuts on their feet.

May 01, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Student attacked by guard sues district

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland High School student who was dumped out of his wheelchair by a campus security guard has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Neighbor says parrot cursing in Spanish

TRACY (AP) - A parrot in Tracy that can bark like a dog, meow like a cat, whir like a drill and who whistles to passers-by is upsetting his neighbors because the bird also curses in Spanish.

May 15, 2015 | | State


School spending boost, tax credit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor.

May 14, 2015 | | State


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