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Tarantula species named after singer Johnny Cash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tarantula named after singer Johnny Cash is among 14 new species identified by scientists who spent a decade collecting the hairy spiders and studying nearly 3,000 of them.

February 15, 2016 | | State


Cal Berkeley’s tuition break for Californians nearly erased

BERKELEY (AP) - Tuition and mandatory fees have more than doubled for California residents at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley's law and business schools since fall 2005, a report published Sunday found.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Recordings reveal the lies former LA sheriff told prosecutor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Long road to recovery after devastating fire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on the same lot she fled in September, mourning the animals she couldn't save and the family heirlooms she left behind as one of the most devastating wildfires to hit California wiped out her rural subdivision.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem. I am 60 years old and have just been laid off by my employer. I have few if any prospects of getting another job. I plan to sign up for my Social Security when I am 62. But two of my last five years will have no earnings, thus dramatically lowering my future Social Security benefits. Can I just pay money into the Social Security system for these last two years?

February 12, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | State


Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

February 12, 2016 | | State


WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA (AP) - Where did El Nino go?

February 12, 2016 | | State


Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

February 12, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population.

February 12, 2016 | | State


With FBI ring tightening, last occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Mexico prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.

February 11, 2016 | | State


PROMISES MADE TO VOTERS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time voters were promised when they approved the project, attorneys for a group of landowners opposing the system argued in court Thursday.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Massive gas leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

February 11, 2016 | | State


California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

PACIFICA (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."

February 11, 2016 | | State


Environmentalists sue over cattle at Point Reyes seashore

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore in Marin County.

February 11, 2016 | | State


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Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


Arrests in ‘horrific’ killings

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A business associate of a popular practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine was arrested Friday in connection with what California authorities say was ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


Central Catholic High hires principal

MDOESTO - Bruce Sawyer is the new principal for Central Catholic High School effective July 1.

March 24, 2016 | | State


Princess hopefuls sought by dairy group

MODESTO - The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 5 (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El ...

March 24, 2016 | | State


McDonald’s Honoring Mantecan

Kari Johnson, a Crew Member at Manteca's Union Road McDonald's, is being recognized with the prestigious Crew Person of the Year Award, an ...

March 24, 2016 | | State


French Camp JACL installs new officers

STOCKTON - The French Camp Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) held its 68th annual Installation and New Year's luncheon at King's ...

March 24, 2016 | | State


Manteca resident Kellyann Reis new Delta Home Charter School principal

TRACY – New Jerusalem Elementary School District Superintendent David Thoming this week announced the appointment of Kellyann Reis as the new principal for Delta Home Charter ...

March 24, 2016 | | State


Gospel Center Rescue Mission celebrating 75 years with gala

STOCKTON - The Gospel Center Rescue Mission is celebrating 75 years of ministering to the homeless and addicted in San Joaquin County.

March 24, 2016 | | State


State to implement income cap on green car rebates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's rebate program for electric vehicles will soon cut off higher-income green car buyers.

March 20, 2016 | | State


Fresno woman, 96, adopts 30-year-old as her daughter

FRESNO (AP) - A 96-year-old California woman has adopted a daughter - a 30-year-old woman from Cambodia.

March 20, 2016 | | State


Skyslide airlifted to 69th floor of downtown LA skyscraper

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The latest Los Angeles thrill ride has arrived - a glass slide that will jut from a skyscraper 1,000 feet above the ...

March 20, 2016 | | State


Navy funds autism-screening app, hoping for help with PTSD

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Navy is paying for research into an app to screen for autism in the hopes that it could eventually be ...

March 20, 2016 | | State


Interior secretary dedicates new NorCal monument

WILLIAMS (AP) - A new national monument made up of more than 330,000 acres of public lands has been dedicated in Northern California.

March 20, 2016 | | State


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