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Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


PUC has leeway to restructure utility rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity has been signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes non-citizens on juries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens who are legal residents to serve as jurors in California.

October 07, 2013 | | State


Carter: Middle class today resembles poor from past years

OAKLAND (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.

October 07, 2013 | | State


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PG&E ordered to release more emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.

January 14, 2015 | | State


UC gets record number of applications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Jockeying starts to succeed Sen. Boxer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday became the first Democrat to enter the high-stakes, high-dollar race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

January 13, 2015 | | State


‘Transformers’ sequel leads Razzies list

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Facebook launching Amber Alerts soon

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Analyst: Governor underestimates revenues by $2B

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


State: Sign-ups to minimize tax penalties

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state is ramping up advertising and marketing efforts in the final month of open enrollment for health insurance to minimize the estimated 1 million Californians who will face tax penalties for staying uninsured, exchange officials announced Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


California DMV will check illegals’ prior driver licenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally who fraudulently obtained a California driver's license before it was legal won't get a new card until state authorities review their driving record.

January 13, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

AIR TAINTED WITH SOOT LINGERS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stubborn dry weather pattern settled over Northern California in January, helping create some of the sootiest air in years for the 7.5 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, air quality officials said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Climbers closing in on historic feat

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris to run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park was making a push Monday to catch up with his partner.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Kaiser nurses to strike at all hospitals & medical facilities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 18,000 Kaiser nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern and Central California are planning for an upcoming strike.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Farmers in decry decision involving appeal

By SCOTT SMITH

January 12, 2015 | | State


Federal judge weighs marijuana’s classification

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin.

January 12, 2015 | | State


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