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SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Army major gets medal for saving man

ORINDA (AP) - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

September 05, 2014 | | State

CSU Northridge finds hazing in hiking death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hazing was involved in the death of a California State University, Northridge, student who collapsed during an 18-mile fraternity pledge hike, the school's president announced Friday.

September 05, 2014 | | State


QUAKE QUIRK: WATER FLOWING IN CREEKS: NAPA (AP) - Last month's earthquake in California's wine country has residents marveling at the sight and sound of water running in some local creeks again.

September 05, 2014 | | State

Quake moved fault 18 inches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center said Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Wildlife groups sue feds over Rim Fire logging

FRESNO (AP) - Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Thursday against a federal agency, saying it aims to protect the California spotted owl living in the burned forests marked for logging after the third-largest wildfire in state history.

September 04, 2014 | | State

10 arrested in Los Angeles fast- food wage protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested demonstrators who blocked a downtown street near a McDonald's restaurant to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Albino cobra captured SoCal

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Brown maintains big lead over challenger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Comedian Joan Rivers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Tech IDs troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Five high school students sickened by pot brownies

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

September 04, 2014 | | State

Brown, Kashkari debate tonight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.

September 03, 2014 | | State

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Family expresses sympathy to victims

SAN JOSE (AP) - The family of the 18-year-old student who stabbed four people at the University of California, Merced, last week before being killed by ...

November 10, 2015 | | State

UAW leaders OK deal for $10,250 bonus

DETROIT (AP) - The United Auto Workers' proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. - approved Monday by local union leaders - is the richest of the Detroit Three ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

Orca shows ending by 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld will end orca shows at its San Diego park after visitors at the tourist attraction made it clear they prefer seeing ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

Turkeys R Us short 1,306 more turkeys

Kids in 2014 literally emptied their piggy banks to help make sure that struggling families had a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

November 09, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A worker in the state oil and gas regulatory agency lodged a whistleblower's complaint over being ordered to prepare a state ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

Storm brings rain to valley snow to Sierra

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Umbrellas were out and streets were slick in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday as a rainstorm ushered in a two-day ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

University wants to make room for more state students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano is asking the system's governing board for permission to enroll 5,000 more California residents ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

LA County government limits car washes to once a month

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County government has reduced its car washing to just once a month and is retrofitting a downtown car wash ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

Racketeering defendant changed his life

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A prime defendant in a San Francisco racketeering case ordered the killing of a rival before taking over his organization in Chinatown ...

November 09, 2015 | | State

LA Unified teachers: Suspension ban creating more unruly classes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another effect ...

November 08, 2015 | | State

MJC presents free screening

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film Harvest of Empire on Thursday, Nov ...

November 08, 2015 | | State

Boy accidentally kills himself

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a 14-year-old boy found dead in an alley with a gunshot to his head had ...

November 08, 2015 | | State

Firm floats proposal for 1st wind farm off California

MORRO BAY (AP) - A Seattle company is floating a proposal for California's first offshore wind farm.

November 08, 2015 | | State

All-mail-in ballot a winner In San Mateo County vote

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area officials say they're happy with the first test of an all-mail ballot election.

November 08, 2015 | | State

Naval missile test off California coast creates big streaking light

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bright, colorful light that streaked across the California sky, startling residents and leading to a flurry of calls to law enforcement ...

November 08, 2015 | | State

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