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Tobacco control lowers Calif. health costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Calif 1st to set standard for health benefits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.

February 13, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Fewer homes on foreclosure path in January

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process fell in January to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom, a consequence of a package of state laws aimed at stemming foreclosures that went into effect in California at the beginning of the year.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE: THIEVES TARGET OFFICERS' BRENTWOOD HOMES: BRENTWOOD (AP) - Police in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in which thieves made off with jewelry and guns, some of them belonging to law enforcement officers.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Chevron should have replaced leaky pipe

RICHMOND (AP) - Government investigators said Wednesday a decades-old pipe that leaked and fed a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Perry ending California trip empty-handed

LAGUANA BEACH (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrapped up his high-profile recruiting trip to California on Wednesday without having persuaded any businesses to relocate to his state - at least not yet.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Humboldt deputies find 111 guns, ammo, 177 pounds of pot in cave

GERBERVILLE (AP) - Authorities have seized a stockpile of 111 firearms, at least 20 of them stolen, from a 55-acre Humboldt County property where they also found 117 pounds of dried marijuana, ammunition, body armor and $12,000 in cash, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday.

February 13, 2013 | | State


209 News

MOM SUES SAN JOAQUIN SHERIFF OVER MINGLED REMAINS: STOCKTON, . (AP) - The mother and sisters of a girl whom authorities think was killed more than 27 years ago by California's notorious "Speed Freak Killers" are suing San Joaquin County officials over the handling of the 16-year-old's exhumed remains.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin burns as authorities trap ex-cop in cabin

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - The manhunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Proponents cit fish deals in push for Delta tunnels

FRESNO (AP) - California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's south state and Bay Area cities as well as farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Body found in rubble of burned cabin

BIG BEAR (AP) - The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 12, 2013 | | State


LA judge begins cutting 3 strikes sentences from minor offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has reduced sentences of five three-strikes inmates as a first step in carrying out a voter-approved initiative to soften the state's tough sentencing law.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Progressive PAC buys anti-Perry ads in California as governor hunts for jobs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive Texas political action committee taunted Gov. Rick Perry's recent California trip in radio ads broadcast there on Tuesday, calling him "Governor Oops" and dismissing as "snake oil" Perry's promises of tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Texas.

February 12, 2013 | | State


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Seed bugs swarming high desert, invade homes, cars

LONE PINE (AP) - The gas station's ground was covered with the small winged bugs. Piles of carcasses, inches deep, sat swept to the sides.

August 21, 2015 | | State


State jobless rate drops to 6.2% in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July, a slight decrease from a month earlier, as the state added 80 ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Group says Covered California slow to fix customer problems

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health insurance exchange is still sluggish when it comes to resolving customer service problems, leaving many people unable to access health ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Ex-Clovis High School teachers get probation

CLOVIS (AP) - Two central California teachers charged with unlawful sex with a minor have each been sentenced to three years of probation for having sex ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Pickup truck hit by train lands on river tuber near Brentwood

BRENTWOOD (AP) - Authorities say a woman floating on a Northern California river was seriously hurt when an Amtrak passenger train struck a pickup truck and ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Court rejects Oakland lawsuit over fed action on marijuana dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government's decision to try to seize the property of a large medical marijuana dispensary cannot be second-guessed by a ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


REVIEWING UNCLE SAM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Watch out TSA: You'll be joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands, and other services reviewed on Yelp, and Uncle ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ found at California hospital

PASADENA (AP) - A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has been linked to a type of ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Proposition 39 jobs: Another broken state promise?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens board tasked with overseeing projects funded by a California ballot measure intended to generate clean-energy jobs will move up its first ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


California home sales remain robust, hold at nine-year high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sales of California homes remained robust in July, with the number of houses and condos sold hitting a nine-year high for the ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Drought fallows 500,000 acres

SACRAMENNTO (AP) - California's now 4-year-old drought will cost state agriculture $1.84 billion in 2015, researchers estimated in a study Tuesday from the University ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Earthquake jolts SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A short, sharp earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area early Monday, breaking picture frames and cracking plaster without prompting reports of ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


LA utility deal would refund $44 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to return $44 million to thousands of customers who were overbilled under ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


State Senate approves bill reacting to anti-gay plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to discourage frivolous ballot questions by raising filing costs, following a measure advocating ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


TWIN TUNNELS PROJECT

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


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