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Legislature OKs record $117.5 billion budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.

June 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Court rules for city in affordable housing fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Photos aim counter ‘black dog’ theory

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


DRIVER’S LICENSES

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers voting on $117.5B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Giant purple sea slugs slime Bay Area beaches

ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Gun blamed for rise in shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Donation center gets rare painting valued at $20,000

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A donation center in San Diego has received a landscape painting that turned out to be a rare work by early 20th century wildlife artist John Fery that's worth more than $20,000.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Brown, lawmakers continue budget talks ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have scheduled a vote Monday on a $117.5 billion spending plan that increases social spending for the poor even though Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed off on that version of the budget.

June 13, 2015 | | State


600 cases under review in probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - Hundreds of Orange County court cases are being scrutinized amid suspicions that someone was paid to fix DUI and other traffic violations by falsifying court records.

June 13, 2015 | | State


California orders large water cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

June 12, 2015 | | State


SF hosting medical pot food fair

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, imagine what a pancake breakfast might do for medical marijuana.

June 12, 2015 | | State


Stanford president retiring after 15 years

STANFORD (AP) - The president of Stanford University is stepping down after 15 years on a high note, with one university official calling his run as president one of the greatest in Stanford's history and the annals of American higher education.

June 12, 2015 | | State


More BART trains coming

OAKLAND . (AP) - More and longer BART trains are coming to San Francisco in the fall.

June 12, 2015 | | State


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SF looks to to civil courts to curb graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - You spray, you pay.

August 23, 2015 | | State


Napa earthquake year ago today

NAPA (AP) - The 6.0 magnitude quake that woke the placid wine town of Napa at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2014 was ...

August 23, 2015 | | State


Gun-wielding teen fatally shot; suicide note found

ONTARIO (AP) - A Southern California teenager robbed a fast-food restaurant and threatened passers-by with a gun from his skateboard until he was fatally shot in ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Sierra fire bears down on popular Hume Lake

FRESNO (AP) - A weeks-old wildfire that has now burned across 60 square miles was bearing down Friday on a popular recreational lake near Kings Canyon ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


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


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