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SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Opponents of transgender bathroom law seek repeal at state ballot box

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt is underway to repeal a law that allows transgender students in California schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether to play on boys' or girls' sports teams.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Legal pot? Taxes, black market pose challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Need medical pot? There’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties have a new way to pick up their prescription.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans chewing tobacco from playing fields

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

REDDING (AP) - A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday

April 21, 2015 | | State


Huntington Beach drops plastic bag ban

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A single vote was cast in favor of keeping the plastic bag ban that's been in place in

April 21, 2015 | | State


US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman’s phone

SOUTH GATE (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it's reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman's cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion

FRESNO (AP) - A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state's largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) - An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

April 20, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area researchers fear ‘super storm’ flood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week.

April 20, 2015 | | State


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Trump wishes Comey luck as allies take aim at his credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Police: 3 dead in possible robbery at Fresno home

FRESNO (AP) - A gun battle Tuesday at a Fresno home left three men dead and another wounded in what may have been a home-invasion robbery ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Irregularities alleged in Democratic chair race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The losing candidate in the race for California Democratic Party chair said Monday she was cheated out of the party's top job ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Judge allows California bullet train greenhouse gas funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators did not abuse their discretion when they decided to pay for the state's high-speed rail project with money from a ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


Collector charged in Star Wars items theft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the first "Star Wars" film, Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "in my experience there is no such thing as luck." Steve Sansweet thinks ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


SF issues subpoenas for Uber, Lyft driver records

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued subpoenas Monday to ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft for records about their drivers and service in ...

June 06, 2017 | | State


CLIMBER CONQUERS EL CAPITAN

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Alex Honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any safety gear for eight years ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Prison costs $75,560 a year per inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Immigration, health care bills advance in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Efforts to resist President Donald Trump's border wall, create a government-run health care system and tackle a statewide housing shortage have cleared ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Critic says Assembly broke law on transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly is being accused of violating a transparency law by voting on 95 bills without making them public three days in ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Supreme Court asked to let Trump travel ban take effect

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having so far failed to persuade judges to allow its travel ban to take effect, the Trump administration is turning to the nation ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Fresno 12-year-old wins National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the finals of the Scripps ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Modesto’s American Graffiti Car Show & Festival June 9-11

MODESTO -The North Modesto Kiwanis Club expects almost 1,300 classic vehicles – vintage 1979 and older – for its 19th annual American Graffiti Car Show and ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Senate blesses single-payer care bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Thursday to advance a longshot single-payer health care plan that would replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Lack of warning at NorCal dam raises alarm

OROVILLE (AP) - The sudden collapse of spillways at the nation's highest dam has raised alarm among those building, running and regulating big dams around ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


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