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Drought forces farms to stop pumping river water

STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


California grows to 38.7 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Feds drop charges against hunter in Yosemite wildfire

FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


No hydrant system at torched utility pole yard in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Activists rally on police, labor issues

OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Inmates injured in Fresno blast seek $48M from PG&E

FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 3rd act

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Legislature must release lawmakers’ calendars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Agents will miss deadline to remove illegally owned weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Appeals court upholds ban on Nativity scene displays

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.

April 30, 2015 | | State


California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

STOCKTON (AP) - California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

April 29, 2015 | | State


State wants deeper greenhouse gas cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.

April 29, 2015 | | State


Suspected marijuana grower fatally shot

ELK GROVE (AP) - A game warden shot and killed a suspected marijuana grower Wednesday at a federal wildlife refuge near Sacramento, authorities said.

April 29, 2015 | | State


MJC offers free Drought Relief Training programs

MODESTO – Modesto Junior College (MJC) offers two Drought Relief Training programs funded through legislation signed into law in 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. MJC offers both irrigation technician training and logistics and warehouse technician training at no cost to eligible participants.

April 28, 2015 | | State


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Fewer ex-cons return to prison but crime rates stay steady

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Ex-felons in California are committing new crimes at a relatively steady rate compared with previous years, but more of them are going to county jails instead of state prisons as a 2011 state law intended they should, according to a report released Wednesday.

July 08, 2015 | | State


Jury awards over $4 million to family of deceased farmworker

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury awarded more than $4 million to the family of a farmworker electrocuted by a Southern California Edison power line.

July 08, 2015 | | State


California regulators discuss water pricing in drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators heard proposals for a statewide drought fee and hefty fines for water-guzzling homeowners as part of a Wednesday workshop discussing how to implement Gov. Jerry Brown's order for water pricing to maximize conservation.

July 08, 2015 | | State


Crime up 13 percent in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crime increased by 13 percent in Los Angeles the first six months of the year, ending more than a decade of declines in the nation's second-largest city, according to statistics released Wednesday.

July 08, 2015 | | State


Feds seize marijuana from Indian tribal lands

ALTURAS (AP) - Federal agents seized at least 12,000 marijuana plants on Wednesday from land in far Northern California that belongs to two federally recognized Indian tribes, the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento said.

July 08, 2015 | | State


Right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

July 07, 2015 | | State


Rock fall in Yosemite changes face of world-class climb

FRESNO (AP) - A massive sheet of rock fell from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging, park officials said Tuesday.

July 07, 2015 | | State


City OKs planned Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials approved plans to build a 1 million-square-foot complex of skyscrapers, stores and restaurants in the heart of Hollywood, agreeing with the developer that an earthquake fault underneath the property is too old to be considered active.

July 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats in Congress blast San Francisco’s sanctuary policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Leading Democrats - including San Francisco's former mayor Sen. Dianne Feinstein - are joining mounting criticism of the city's policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials when they request help in detaining a suspect thought to be in the country illegally.

July 07, 2015 | | State


Public gets pathway to ‘Billionaires’ Beach’

MALIBU (AP) - With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now has access to Malibu's so-called "Billionaires' Beach."

July 07, 2015 | | State


Judge refuses to dismiss case against Suge Knight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness - one of the men he's accused of running over - refused to identify him in court.

July 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco status as ‘sanctuary’ criticized after slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.

July 06, 2015 | | State


California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Fire that threatened homes in California is fully contained

VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Hiker dies after medical emergency on desert trail

PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.

July 06, 2015 | | State


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