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Measure would give voters say on mega-projects over $2 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposition that a prosperous farmer brought to the California ballot would threaten two ambitious water and rail projects that Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing, requiring voters' OK before launching any state building project requiring $2 billion or more in revenue bonds.

October 09, 2016 | | State


Democrats look to bolster majority in state Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Democrats are looking to regain supermajorities in the state Legislature that would allow them to govern without Republicans, an endeavor that will play out this November in a handful of swing districts where Republicans and Democrats are close to evenly matched.

October 09, 2016 | | State


Gun or stun gun? Different police responses

SAN DIEGO (AP) - When Alfred Olango pulled out an object from his right pocket last month and assumed a shooting stance in a strip mall parking lot in a San Diego suburb, one officer opened fire with his pistol. The other officer simultaneously stunned Olango using his Taser.

October 09, 2016 | | State


LA judge blocks Jewish ceremony involving killing of chicken

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal court judge issued a temporary restraining order banning a Southern California synagogue from carrying out a Yom Kippur-Rosh Hashanah ceremony involving the slaughter of a chicken.

October 09, 2016 | | State


5-year-old boy revived after boat capsizes off San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two children pulled out of the San Francisco Bay in critical condition after a recreational sailboat carrying 30 people capsized are doing well, and one has been released from the hospital, officials said Sunday.

October 09, 2016 | | State


Lawsuit says California could have stopped slaying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims California officials could have stopped what it says was the "assassination" of a notorious California inmate who was stabbed 19 times just days after he was released into the general prison population last year.

October 06, 2016 | | State


BACKPAGE OFFICES RAIDED

DALLAS (AP) - State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Judge questions Airbnb in fight over SF law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday that a San Francisco ordinance setting fines for short-term rental websites that process bookings for unregistered units violates federal law.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Taser death victim went 14 minutes without medical care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 66-year-old man who died this week after California police stunned him with a Taser during a struggle lay on the ground for 14 minutes without medical assistance because officers were in a standoff with his brother, who was threatening them with a gun, authorities said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Sheriff: LA County sergeant was shot execution-style

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant was the victim of "a calculated execution" by a parolee with a long history of arrests who pumped bullets into his body as he lay wounded, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


State tightens rule on popular agricultrure pesticide, citing health

FRESNO (AP) - California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Person in clown suit tried to kidnap baby girl

CONCORD (AP) - Concord police say a person dressed in a clown suit tried to abduct an infant.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Teen shot by LA officer was suicidal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 16-year-old boy shot dead last weekend as he pointed a fake gun at police wanted to kill himself, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

September 29, 2016 | | State


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Governor’s initiative allowing earlier paroles passes muster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters approved a proposition Tuesday giving California prison officials more say in the release of prisoners.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Prescription drug pricing measure trails in early returns from election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ballot measure that would cap how much California spends on prescription medications for millions of retirees, poor people and prisoners trailed ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Tax the rich for education? California voters says ‘yes’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters approved a ballot proposition Tuesday to continue taxing the rich at a higher rate to raise billions of dollars for ...

November 09, 2016 | | State


Limited bilingual education repealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools.

November 09, 2016 | | State


Holiday events at McHenry Mansion set

MODESTO - Two holiday events will benefit the McHenry Mansion.

November 06, 2016 | | State


Yuletide Feast choral concert Dec. 9 at MJC

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents "A Yuletide Feast: Dickens to Rock" choral concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Vocalists of all ages and abilities are invited to sing ‘Messiah’

MODESTO - Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the ninth annual sing-along performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Developer sues California panel for $490M over coastal project

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Developers have sued the California Coastal Commission for more than $490 million in damages for failing to approve a project that would ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


Eight shot outside of nightclub

OAKLAND (AP) - Two young men were arrested after a shooting Saturday morning outside an Oakland nightclub that left eight people hurt, including the two men ...

November 06, 2016 | | State


400+ tax, debt proposals crowd ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a price to pay for living in California, and for many it's about to get higher.

November 06, 2016 | | State


ACLU sues over ballot selfie ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's ban on sharing photographs of marked ballots violates voters' First Amendment right to freedom of speech by preventing them from ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


Deputy killed by shot fired from gun of his colleague

FRESNO (AP) - A 20-year veteran sheriff's deputy in Central California was killed by a bullet in the chest from a colleague's gun in ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


San Francisco calls on state to abolish cash bail for poor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco on Tuesday joined a growing nationwide call to abolish cash bail for poor defendants when it announced the city was ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


Police arrest 2 men in savage beating of SF homeless man

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested two men in the fatal beating of a 67-year-old San Francisco homeless man two years ago.

November 01, 2016 | | State


Drought weary Californians improve on lagging conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Urban Californians still are saving less water since mandatory conservation measures were lifted earlier this year in the state's drought, but ...

November 01, 2016 | | State


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