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Lawmakers order audit of state parks funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks department will be subject to an independent audit to examine how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.

August 08, 2012 | | State


New call for conservation as Southern Cal bakes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Critics blast state retirement plan for private workers that could cost billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers testified Wednesday that California taxpayers cannot afford to take on the potential for billions of dollars in new liabilities at a time when the state's public pension systems already are facing massive shortfalls.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Romney equates California to Greece

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew sharp rebukes from California Democrats on Wednesday for comparing the nation's most populous state to struggling European countries.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Official: Budget cuts to blame for fire's spread

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento fire official said budget cuts are in part to blame for the spread of a fire in a city neighborhood.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers demand audit of mental health initiative to see if voters’ will is being ignored

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers on Wednesday requested a detailed audit to determine whether the state has spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative the way voters intended.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Temperatures soaring in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After weeks of mild summertime temperatures, Southern Californians are sweltering in a heat wave expected to last for days and potentially test an electrical grid lacking one major power plant.

August 07, 2012 | | State


NASA gives a peek of rover's Mars journey

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's latest adventure to Mars has given the world more than just glimpses of a new alien landscape.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Get ready to be burned by higher gas prices

RICHMOND (AP) - A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent hundreds of people to hospitals with complaints of breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Police: Woman stole baby after faking being pregnant

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital had faked a pregnancy with her estranged husband, and needed the baby to continue the deception after her due date passed, according to Garden Grove police.

August 07, 2012 | | State


9th Circuit sides with feds in wiretap ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned an order that the federal government pay attorney fees and damages of an Islamic group that claimed it was the target of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program.

August 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA BANS SKATEBOARD "BOMBING" AFTER 2 DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials voted Tuesday to respond to two teen deaths by banning skateboard "bombing," where skaters zoom down steep hills at up to 40 mph.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Young men of color in trouble costs California billions of dollars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California must prioritize policies to address the plight of boys and young men of color who represent a fast-growing segment of the state's population, but a disproportionate share of prison inmates, school dropouts and the unemployed, an Assembly committee report released Wednesday said.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Loss of RDA cash hurts struggling cities

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - This old city at the foot of the mountains limped to its bicentennial two years ago, its finances in tatters from a housing bust that sapped tax revenues and ballooning salaries and pension obligations for city workers.

August 07, 2012 | | State


SF mayor ends stop-frisk consideration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday he was no longer considering a tactic that would allow police to stop and frisk suspicious people in an effort to get weapons off San Francisco streets.

August 07, 2012 | | State


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Expensive wingding to celebrate swearing-in

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Facebook, Apple provide worker benefits for egg freezing, sperm donors

SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?

October 14, 2014 | | State


Golf cart plows into students, injuring nine

FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Move to rename tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Brown promotes restraint in bid for his fourth term

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record at Half Moon Bay festival

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

October 13, 2014 | | State


4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


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