SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court decision striking down restrictions on the distribution of Yellow Pages in Seattle has imperiled San Francisco's own phonebook ban. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's 2010 law violated the First Amendment. The law created a registry - paid for by fees levied on publishers of the directories - that ...
COALITION RECOMMENDS PROJECTS IN DELTA: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An influential group of farmers, environmentalists and water exporters is recommending $1 billion in short-term projects to help the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - Skateboarders could find themselves without wheels unless they wear helmets under a proposed law by the City Council that comes up for a vote Tuesday night. State law requires youngsters under 18 to wear helmets when skateboarding and the ordinance being considered would allow police to seize violators' boards, the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/QiYotP) reported. <p style="line-height: 18pt; ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already bombarded by conflicting campaign ads and ballot propositions, some Californians became even more confused when a message on the state's official voting hotline provided a wrong deadline for voter registration, an election official said Tuesday. Some callers heard a message Monday saying, "Voter registration for the Nov. 6 election is now closed." In fact, voters have until Oct. ...
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Millions of dollars in campaign cash have poured into hotly contested congressional races surrounding Sacramento and along a prized slice of California's central coast as candidates battle over competitive seats stretching from the Central Valley to San Diego.
DAUGHTER OF MEXICAN DRUG LORD HELD: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The daughter of one of the world's most sought-after drug lords has been arrested on suspicion of trying to enter the United States on someone else's passport, U.S. officials said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former U.S. senator who helped negotiate a peace treaty in Northern Ireland has been appointed to help California energy regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric reach a settlement over a pipeline explosion that killed eight people, the two sides announced Monday. The California Public Utilities Commission said former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a Democrat, has agreed ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose in September to a four-year high as the supply of properties for sale remained tight, according to surveys released Monday. The median price for new and existing houses and condominiums in California reached $287,000, up 15.3 percent from $249,000 in September 2011, DataQuick said. The median rose $6,000 from August to reach its highest ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has a healthy campaign stash as she seeks re-election to a fourth full term. Federal Election Commission filings due Monday show Feinstein with $3.3 million cash on hand for the period ending in September. Her Republican challenger, Elizabeth Emken, has about $100,000 on hand, said Emken's campaign spokesman, Mark Standriff. He ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The path to a two-thirds legislative majority in the state Senate - the ability for Democrats to change tax policy and override gubernatorial vetoes - runs partly through California's Central Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A program to give San Francisco residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources has stalled, and the city is looking into joining a similar effort in neighboring Marin County.
CAMPTONVILLE (AP) - A wildfire firefighter lying in a road was run over and killed by a colleague in a sparely populated stretch of Northern California in a bizarre early morning traffic incident involving alcohol, authorities said Monday. California Highway Patrol investigators said a driver in Yuba County early Saturday spotted a man, Michael Patrick Kelly, 32, lying in the road about 3 miles from Camptonville, Calif., which is about 80 miles north of Sacramento. ...
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. He says it's being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don't exist.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.
OAKLAND (AP) - The long-awaited fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel opened early Saturday to motorists traversing the often congested roadway between Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andy Warhol's artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.
THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California cannot account for 174,000 tons of lead and other hazardous materials shipped for disposal in the last five years, but state regulators say public health is not threatened, a newspaper reported Sunday.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a father and son arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife in Northern California to perform an exorcism.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Friday that board members would not vote on a tentative agreement during a special meeting to discuss a problem regarding a labor deal that settled a second strike.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons.