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CREWS CONTAIN DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRE NEAR REDDING: REDDING (AP) - Fire crews have fully contained a blaze that killed one man and destroyed nearly 70 homes in far northern California.

September 15, 2013 | | State


Growers seek pesticide alternatives

FRESNO (AP) - For decades, California strawberry growers like Rod Koda injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries.

September 15, 2013 | | State


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MAN FALLS OUT OF HELICOPTER IN CALIF. POT CLEANUP: FRESNO. (AP) - A California outdoorsman who led crews of volunteers through the Sierra Nevada mountains repairing trails and cleaning up marijuana grow sites has died after falling 50 feet from a helicopter, authorities said.

September 13, 2013 | | State


18 arrested, ton of marijuana seized

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Friday the 13th was certainly unlucky for some reputed drug smugglers.

September 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUNTERS ASKED TO HELP MANAGE DEER POPULATION: SONOMA (AP) - Bow hunters are being asked to take aim to help control the deer population in a 5,000-acre wildlife preserve near Lake Sonoma in Northern California.

September 13, 2013 | | State


California home sales climb during August

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California posted its strongest homes sales for any August in seven years as price increases cooled, a research firm said Friday, a relief to buyers who have been competing over slim pickings.

September 13, 2013 | | State


California home sales climb during August

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California posted its strongest homes sales for any August in seven years as price increases cooled, a research firm said Friday, a relief to buyers who have been competing over slim pickings.

September 13, 2013 | | State


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

September 13, 2013 | | State


Bill would create quake warning system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could join Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone countries that alert residents to the approach of powerful shaking under a bill awaiting approval from Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 13, 2013 | | State


Illegals need to come out of shadows

SANTA ANA (AP) - To get the driver's licenses they've long sought, immigrants living in California illegally will have to do something many have long resisted: publicly identify themselves.

September 13, 2013 | | State


EPA fines Modesto cereal plant $365K

MODESTO (AP) - Two corporations that owned the Post cereal brand have agreed to pay $635,000 in fines to settle allegations that they failed to prevent air pollution from a Modesto plant where Grape-Nuts, Banana Nut Crunch and other products were made.

September 13, 2013 | | State


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GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


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Deadly cobra slithers around suburb in LA

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.

September 03, 2014 | | State


PG&E appealing $1.4B penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 03, 2014 | | State


State senator sentencing in perjury case is delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Drought sends hay hay prices soaring

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Judge nixes language in soda tax measure

BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.

September 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FORM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet-train foes seek state State Supreme Court review

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Two judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Brown seeks federal aid for Napa quake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is turning to the White House in hopes of securing federal aid for the Napa Valley earthquake.

September 02, 2014 | | State


California experiment could lose funding

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding, a newspaper reported.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Jolts doesn’t stop Napa harvest

NAPA (AP) - The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

September 02, 2014 | | State


URBAN FARMING TAX BREAK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break, a newspaper reported.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Birds on old Bay Bridge pose challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews demolishing the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have run into an unusual challenge: birds that won't leave.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Cal Poly SLO seeks OK to cover felon donor’s name on scoreboard

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is asking a judge to allow the university to cover up the name of a convicted felon on its stadium scoreboard.

September 01, 2014 | | State


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