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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


Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out its top executive in a closed-door vote and without a clear explanation of why the change was being made.

February 11, 2016 | | State


White worker gets $3.8M in racial bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials have agreed to pay nearly $3.8 million to a former city parks worker who accused a supervisor of discriminating against him because he is white.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement.

February 10, 2016 | | State


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Atwater special needs student stabbed at school

ATWATER (AP) - A 16-year-old California high school student who is enrolled in a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth was stabbed in the back Wednesday ...

April 13, 2016 | | State


70 YEARS ON THE JOB

BERKELEY (AP) - Talk about a loyal employee: Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same San Francisco Bay Area hospital, and ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


BART, unions reach 4-year contract extension

OAKLAND AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit and three of its major unions reached a four-year contract extension that includes raises and avoids strikes like ...

April 11, 2016 | | State


UK’s Daily Mail in hunt to buy Yahoo

SUNNYVALE (AP) - The owner of Britain's Daily Mail is in early discussions over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

April 10, 2016 | | State


State medical pot czar never smoked marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical marijuana czar says she believes there's a need for weed, although she's never smoked pot herself.

April 10, 2016 | | State


Schools not immune to lead

FRESNO (AP) - Since the beginning of the school year, the drinking fountains have been off limits for students at Foothill Intermediate School.

April 10, 2016 | | State


California protects pay by gender, is race next?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


Immigrant students blocked from enrolling in schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigrant children living in the U.S. without legal status have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


17 lawmakers double dip

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A search of pension system records has found 17 California lawmakers collect government pension checks on top of their monthly salaries, a ...

April 10, 2016 | | State


Swift dominates iHeartRadio Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the second year in a row, the iHeartRadio Awards became the iHeartTaylorSwift show.

April 04, 2016 | | State


California nut farm’s move to Arizona raises water concerns

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts has raised concern about whether it ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


Plane crash kills 1 on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small plane that made headlines when it landed safely on a Southern California freeway years ago crashed on the same stretch ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


Special election to fill Fresno seat in state Assembly

FRESNO (AP) - A physician whose father left the California Legislature six years ago is competing with a Fresno city councilman for a vacant seat in ...

April 03, 2016 | | State


RENT CONTROL SPREADS

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning.

April 03, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers OK highest statewide minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


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