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$1.1B California paint ruling may prompt more lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Big Sur fire destroys 15 homes, forces 100 to flee

BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported.

December 16, 2013 | | State


Billionaire to push lawmakers for oil tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.

December 16, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS FREE WI-FI ALONG MARKET ST. : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.

December 16, 2013 | | State


San Juan Unified faces $17M in claims

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The San Juan Unified School District faces $17 million in claims over harassment allegations, with ten lawsuits alleging that Superintendent Glynn Thompson created a hostile workplace.

December 16, 2013 | | State


News from around california

DOWNTOWN LA ON PACE FOR DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With little rain in the forecast, downtown Los Angeles is on pace for its driest calendar year on record.

December 16, 2013 | | State


Vaccine possible in campus meningitis outbreak

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - State and federal officials are considering whether to provide students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus, a newspaper reported Saturday.

December 15, 2013 | | State


Sonoma fairgrounds hosts pot contest

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti.

December 15, 2013 | | State


San Diego agency enters high-stakes water court fight

SAN DIEGO (AP) - For San Diego's regional water agency, its largest supplier is also its biggest adversary.

December 15, 2013 | | State


Sacramento woman’s ashes recovered from stolen vehicle stolen from car wash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento County man whose car was stolen from a local car wash is praising the vehicle's return, but mostly because of what was inside: his late wife's ashes.

December 15, 2013 | | State


SF Bay river otter sightings suggest comeback possible

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, a river otter named Sutro Sam became the first of the whiskered critters to be seen in San Francisco for decades.

December 15, 2013 | | State


Californians gradually souring on unions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.

December 13, 2013 | | State


News from around california

MINIVAN HITS SAN RAFAEL SCHOOL, CLASSES CANCELED: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Students at a San Rafael elementary school got a day off Friday after a minivan rammed into the school and hit a gas line Thursday night.

December 13, 2013 | | State


High speed rail ready to seize land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.

December 13, 2013 | | State


Hospital stairway death tied to alcoholism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days after she went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital died accidentally, probably due to a chemical imbalance related to chronic alcohol abuse, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.

December 13, 2013 | | State


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Earthquake jolts SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A short, sharp earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area early Monday, breaking picture frames and cracking plaster without prompting reports of ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


LA utility deal would refund $44 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to return $44 million to thousands of customers who were overbilled under ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


State Senate approves bill reacting to anti-gay plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to discourage frivolous ballot questions by raising filing costs, following a measure advocating ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


TWIN TUNNELS PROJECT

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


More millennials stuck renting for years before buying home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

August 17, 2015 | | State


SOLDIER’S JOURNEY TO HEAL

SAN DIEGO (AP) - "It was just another day in Mosul," the soldier began, his voice shaking. Sgt. 1st Class Marshall Powell took a deep breath ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


SF 4-mile run seeks to change stoner stereotypes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced Saturday to change the stereotypical ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


Target of manhunt killed near Ridgecrest

RIDGECREST (AP) - An 18-day manhunt in the mountainous high desert of central California ended when two deputies opened fire on a man who pulled out ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


Drought brings early harvest in California’s wine country

HEALDSBURG (AP) - In Northern California's wine country, the 2015 harvest has arrived shockingly early, amid years of drought that have progressively shifted vines' growing ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area school districts scramble amid teacher shortage

OAKLAND (AP) - A growing teacher shortage has left district officials across the San Francisco Bay Area scrambling to fill classrooms, with critical shortages in science ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


‘Star Wars’ themed land at planned at Disney parks

ANAHEIM (AP) - Disney theme parks have their sights on a galaxy far, far away.

August 16, 2015 | | State


Push for interpreters in all civil court cases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


SF CAR BURGLARIES UP 47%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say there has been a 47 percent spike in car break-ins in San Francisco in the first half of this year ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


Tree limb falls on tent, kills campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say an oak tree limb fell on a tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park killing two young campers.

August 15, 2015 | | State


Campground closed after 2 squirrels die

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park said Friday they will temporarily close a popular campsite after two squirrels died of plague in ...

August 14, 2015 | | State


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