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California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


LA mayor’s F-bomb blows up worries about bad words in public

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The F-bomb that Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on Los Angeles this week has quickly mushroomed into a conundrum over just what a politician can get away with saying in public these days.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Drought closes Santa Cruz campground

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A popular campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed because a creek is too low to draw water for visitors amid California's lingering drought.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Sea rise means severe Silicon Valley Floods

EAST PALO ALTO - Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. "It was bad enough that you couldn't get out of your driveway," he said.

June 16, 2014 | By NGOC NGUYEN NEW AMERICA MEDIA | State


Care, lost wages for fan could total $37M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco Giants fan gravely disabled after a beating at Dodger Stadium rested their case in a negligence suit Monday after an expert said Bryan Stow's lost wages and medical costs could total more than $37 million over his lifetime.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Cap-trade big boost for high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Meth lab found at retirement community

FRESNO (AP) - Police and residents of a retirement community were stunned that a 64-year-old Northern California man arrested during a traffic stop was accused of cooking methamphetamine inside his apartment at the facility for seniors.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Senate elects LA Demo as next leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday named as its next leader a Los Angeles Democrat who is best known for championing policies benefiting low-wage workers - even after his name surfaced in a federal corruption probe against a fellow state lawmaker.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged revenge porn site operator heads to trial

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has determined prosecutors have enough evidence against the alleged operator of a revenge porn site for him to face trial on conspiracy, identity theft and extortion charges.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Fire burns 3 homes, threatens 1,000 others

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - A smoky mountain wildfire destroyed three houses and threatened 1,000 others despite progress Monday clearing fire lines west of a California lake near Bakersfield, officials said.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Thousands of mail-in ballots too late to count

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of mail-in ballots are being invalidated in California elections because they arrive too late to be counted, government officials and political experts said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Slain teen: Pasadena pays $1M to parents

PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena will pay a little over $1 million in settlement agreements with the parents of Kendrec McDade, a young man who was killed by police in March 2012.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Airbnb allowing landlords get around San Francisco rental laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco's already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | | State


SF ups campaign to win Lucas museum against Chicago, LA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco politicians and property groups are rolling out the welcome mat for George Lucas' collection of American art and movie memorabilia in an effort to keep the "Star Wars" creator from building his proposed museum to Chicago or Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | State


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Environmentalists decry latest tunnel plan as ‘water grab’

SACRAMENTO - Conservation groups in California warned regulators Wednesday that their rush to approve construction of massive water-diversion tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta violates state ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Special Olympics athletes sleep on gym floor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Crews work to reopen I-10 in desert by Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction crews worked Wednesday in the Southern California desert to fortify a bridge that a surge of floodwater damaged, their goal to ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Woman rescued after being held captive in closet

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities said Wednesday they rescued a human trafficking victim who told police she was kept in a closet and sexually and physically abused ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


Water theft case aided by detailed records

MOUNTAIN HOUSE (AP) - California's vast network of reservoirs, canals and rivers is among the world's most engineered water systems, but it is tough ...

July 22, 2015 | | State


LA County moves toward $15 wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


CSU approves 2% pay hike for top administrators

LONG BEACH (AP) - California State University presidents and other executives will receive an across-the-board 2 percent pay increase, a raise faculty union leaders brandished as ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Sex offender held in sex-crime case was on immigration bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An immigrant in the country illegally who is a registered sex offender is charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after being ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


LA County agency, cities settle bias case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County public housing agency and two Mojave Desert cities have reached a $2 million settlement to resolve allegations they ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Cops say suspect in five homicides also killed 2-year-old

MODESTO (AP) - Police said Monday that a suspect in the homicides of five people whose bodies were found in a Modesto home this weekend is ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


State Supreme Court weighs in on marriage separation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California couples thinking about ending their marriage got guidance Monday from the state Supreme Court: They must live in different homes to ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Bill allows firefighters to take out drones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers are taking steps to stop drones from interfering in firefighting efforts after several incidents in California.

July 21, 2015 | | State


Significant SoCal rainfall totals from weekend storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National Weather Service is reporting impressive rainfall totals in Southern California after a weekend of downpours fueled by remnants of former ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


Rain helps firefighters contain blaze

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire that swept across a California freeway, torching vehicles and sending people running for their lives, is nearly contained.

July 21, 2015 | | State


$1.5M FINE FOR ALLEGEDLY TAKING WATER

MOUNTAIN HOUSE (AP) - California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking ...

July 21, 2015 | | State


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