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Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Farmers cut water use 31%

By DENNIS WYATT

July 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Top 10 questions Delta tunnels boosters don’t want to be asked

By BRIAN SMITH

July 13, 2015 | BRIAN SMITH | State


New route to SF’s Golden Gate Bridge reopens after 3-day closure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's main route to the Golden Gate Bridge has reopened after three days of closure.

July 13, 2015 | | State


Bicyclist killed by texting driver

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who sought refuge in Sacramento after aiding U.S. military forces as an electrical engineer in Afghanistan has died after being ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Disgraced lawyer charged in kidnapping cops called hoax

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The case of a California woman who said she was kidnapped for ransom only to have police call it a hoax took ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


REPEAT CRIMINALS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Regaining control of prison health care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


State-run retirement program advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don't have access to retirement plans at work ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Firm to take court disputes online

SAN JOSE (AP) - Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


‘Invasive ‘contraband watch’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s woes began before uproar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ross Mirkarimi was a rising San Francisco politician when he was elected sheriff - and then the trouble started.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Boating warning: Whales cavort off coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of whales are frolicking off Northern California's coast in a feast for the eyes that has also prompted federal officials ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


California gas prices spike; may top $4

CAMARILLO (AP) - While gas prices nationwide are on a downward trend, California is experiencing a spike that could see prices top $4 a gallon before ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


Firefighter speaks for first time

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno Fire Department captain made his first public appearance since falling through a roof while fighting a house fire more than three ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


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