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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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Richmond fire 3 more in sex scandal

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city announced Sunday that it is firing three more police officers implicated in a sex scandal involving a ...

October 30, 2016 | | State


2-hour waits in LA during early voting on weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some voters in Los Angeles County waited more than two hours to cast their ballots in long lines at weekend early voting ...

October 30, 2016 | | State


Clinton expected to cruise in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans and Democrats in California are struggling to keep voters motivated in advance of Election Day, but for different reasons.

October 30, 2016 | | State


Wife said man shot dead by CHP officers had mental disorders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The estranged wife of a man who was fatally shot by two California Highway Patrol officers said he had bipolar and personality disorders.

October 30, 2016 | | State


Dead man mistakenly cremated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been mistakenly cremated after a Los Angeles County Coroner's technician confused his remains with those of another ...

October 30, 2016 | | State


OUTRAGE GROWS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 California soldiers who ...

October 24, 2016 | | State


Tilting, sinking SF high-rise raises alarm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ...

October 24, 2016 | | State


Voting groups monitoring polling places

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California voting rights advocates say they will monitor more polling places than usual on Election Day amid concerns about possible voter intimidation ...

October 24, 2016 | | State


Shots hit Madera police car, woman on ride-along hurt

MADERA (AP) - A woman interested in becoming a police officer who was on a weekend ride-along in a California police cruiser was hurt by flying ...

October 24, 2016 | | State


Car sideswipes school bus tipping it over

SHELDON (AP) - Authorities say a car sideswiped a small school bus in Northern California and then hit another vehicle, giving three people aboard the bus ...

October 24, 2016 | | State


Donors spend record $458M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for ...

October 20, 2016 | | State


Sanders tells soda tax foes to stop using his name

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to ...

October 20, 2016 | | State


SoCal schools cope with heat from gusty winds

WESTMINSTER (AP) - Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren ...

October 20, 2016 | | State


High speed: Newsom back on board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he no longer opposes California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan, after withdrawing support for the ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


Santa Ana winds bring fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds gusted out of the mountains of Southern California on Wednesday, driving up temperatures and fanning several small brush fires ...

October 19, 2016 | | State


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