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Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Legislature withholds nepotism report

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Tribe’s casino plan to go before voters

MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Girl’s family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Men wearing GPS devices indicted for killings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-firefighter to stand trial for fatal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


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Measure on state mega- projects in near-dead heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California ballot measure that could put two of Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy projects on the line was in a near-dead ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Measure to hike cigarette taxes leads in early returns

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California ballot measure that would increase taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack and start taxing electronic cigarettes was leading in ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Californians favoring reform of death penalty over repeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were leaning Tuesday toward reforming the state's broken death penalty rather than getting rid of it.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Governor’s initiative allowing earlier paroles passes muster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters approved a proposition Tuesday giving California prison officials more say in the release of prisoners.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Prescription drug pricing measure trails in early returns from election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ballot measure that would cap how much California spends on prescription medications for millions of retirees, poor people and prisoners trailed ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Tax the rich for education? California voters says ‘yes’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters approved a ballot proposition Tuesday to continue taxing the rich at a higher rate to raise billions of dollars for ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Limited bilingual education repealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Holiday events at McHenry Mansion set

MODESTO - Two holiday events will benefit the McHenry Mansion.

November 06, 2016 | | State


Yuletide Feast choral concert Dec. 9 at MJC

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents "A Yuletide Feast: Dickens to Rock" choral concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Vocalists of all ages and abilities are invited to sing ‘Messiah’

MODESTO - Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the ninth annual sing-along performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Developer sues California panel for $490M over coastal project

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Developers have sued the California Coastal Commission for more than $490 million in damages for failing to approve a project that would ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Eight shot outside of nightclub

OAKLAND (AP) - Two young men were arrested after a shooting Saturday morning outside an Oakland nightclub that left eight people hurt, including the two men ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


400+ tax, debt proposals crowd ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a price to pay for living in California, and for many it's about to get higher.

November 06, 2016 | | State


ACLU sues over ballot selfie ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's ban on sharing photographs of marked ballots violates voters' First Amendment right to freedom of speech by preventing them from ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


Deputy killed by shot fired from gun of his colleague

FRESNO (AP) - A 20-year veteran sheriff's deputy in Central California was killed by a bullet in the chest from a colleague's gun in ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


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