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Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

January 29, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State


State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State


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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


State looks into free DNA tests

SANTA CLARA (AP) - California officials are looking into free DNA tests that are handed out to fans at 49ers games.

November 14, 2017 | | State


Christian players frustrated by criticism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Reid and other Christian players who support Colin Kaepernick's social justice movement want believers on the opposite side of the ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


Mendoza harassment case US Senate candidate Kevin De Leon under spotlight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - News that a sitting California senator is being investigated for sexual harassment against a young female employee has put a fresh spotlight on ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


Hundreds in Hollywood protest sex harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Armed with signs, catchy phrases and a motivation to take #MeToo beyond the internet and into real life, a few hundred women ...

November 12, 2017 | | State


SoCal plant enjoying bomber boom

PALMDALE (AP) - Call it the bomber boom.

November 12, 2017 | | State


California billionaire doubles spending on anti-Trump ads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California billionaire Tom Steyer said Thursday he'll double his spending on ads calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment to $20 million ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


State investigates senator’s behavior to female staffer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza is facing an internal investigation over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a young female employee, including inviting her to ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


Sheriff: Wildfires point to usefulness of old technology

UKIAH (AP) - Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled land lines, cell phones and internet service, the ...

November 09, 2017 | | State


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