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Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years - a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

December 17, 2014 | | State


PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Bill Cosby won’t be charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

December 16, 2014 | | State


LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday a plan to equip 7,000 officers on the Los Angeles police force with on-body cameras by next summer, making the law enforcement agency the nation's largest to make the move to date.

December 16, 2014 | | State


State retiree health care gap hits $72B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unfunded obligation to pay for the health and dental care of retired state government workers grew by 11 percent during the most recent fiscal year to nearly $72 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by the state controller's office.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Federal ruling a win for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal agency that has jurisdiction over California's bullet train has ruled that it has the authority to pre-empt state environmental law, creating uncertainty for numerous groups fighting the project in court.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Undersea border dispute settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Officer on leave after threatening tweets

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


River diverted near Carmel to allow for dam removal

CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.

December 15, 2014 | | State


California gets funds for earthquake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

December 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Protesters block roads by Oakland police building

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


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Flap over University of New Mexico seal offensive

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico's official seal depicting a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman is drawing accusations of racism from ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Trump’s rants about rules may backfire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Donald Trump's relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Medical pot backers leery of epilepsy drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

April 17, 2016 | | State


It’s time to look for a medical cause

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a problem that is opposite many other peoples'. I lost 10 pounds, going from 130 to 120. I am 5 ...

April 17, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | State


Farm board backs ruling that grower interfered with vote

FRESNO (AP) - The California farm labor board has upheld a court ruling that one of the nation's largest fruit growers interfered as employees were ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Oil island draws criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's early offshore oil drilling operations is under fire from state regulators to clean up its act after severely ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Los Angeles body camera program delayed by $57.6M ‘sticker shock’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $57.6 million plan to equip nearly every Los Angeles police officer with body cameras by the end of the year ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Weston Ranch High staging ‘Cinderella the Musical’ play

The Weston Ranch High Drama Club is gearing up for the spring production of "Cinderella, the Musical."

April 17, 2016 | | State


Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Actor George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics - so he doesn't have to raise it.

April 17, 2016 | | State


Woman dies after she’s run over by mom

SANTA MARIA (AP) - A California woman died after a car driven by her mother ran over her while they were fighting, police said Saturday.

April 17, 2016 | | State


Thousands of voters register to wrong party

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A survey has found that tens of thousands of voters, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, have mistakenly registered as members of ...

April 17, 2016 | | State


Shell shock: $7.6M in nut thefts

FRESNO (AP) - International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


Court upholds California tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court handed teacher unions a big victory Thursday by reversing a trial judge's ruling that found tenure deprived ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


California doles out $70.5M in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California economic development board handed out $70.5 million in tax credits on Thursday for private companies promising to create jobs in ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


Parole OK for Manson family member

CHINO (AP) - A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult ...

April 15, 2016 | | State


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