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Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Missing woman found in Maine shack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State


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Guards getting 9% raise over 3 years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Ron Unz joins race for Boxer’s US Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Another Republican has joined the race to succeed California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

March 16, 2016 | | State


UC Berkeley to review head coach’s role in harassment case

BERKELEY (AP) - Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, are reviewing whether the men's head basketball coach correctly handled sexual harassment allegations against one ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Officer’s funeral procession along I-80

TRUCKEE (AP) - Dozens of law enforcement cruisers and officers on motorcycles joined a 120-mile funeral ride along Interstate 80 from Reno to Roseville, California on ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Chef faces sexual harassment lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello faces two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and refusal to pay his employees their due wages.

March 16, 2016 | | State


High school dumping its Rebels mascot

SAN LORENZO (AP) - A Northern California high school has gotten the go-ahead to ditch its Confederacy-related school mascot.

March 16, 2016 | | State


Drought emergency in question

FRESNO (AP) - Recent storms that nearly filled Northern California's major reservoirs and created a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada have some water districts ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


Traffic Amnesty program helped thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State authorities reported Tuesday that tens of thousands of California drivers have had traffic fines and court fees reduced under an amnesty ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


Homeless man who spotted fugitives gets $100K reward

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A homeless man from San Francisco who pointed police toward two Orange County inmates who had escaped from jail will get the ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


Intruder shot by homeowner

ONTARIO (AP) - Authorities in Riverside County say a resident shot and wounded a man who allegedly broke into a home in Ontario.

March 15, 2016 | | State


Storms replenish key reservoirs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought ...

March 14, 2016 | | State


Ex-San Jose State students get jail for battering black roommate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Two former San Jose State University students were each sentenced Monday to 30 days of in-custody weekend work for forcing a bicycle ...

March 14, 2016 | | State


Group seeks ethics review of top Brown aide over $100K in PG&E stock

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former executive of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. signed an agreement to protect the reputation of the utility as part of a $1 ...

March 14, 2016 | | State


Berkeley moves to fire assistant men’s coach over sex harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - An assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, became the latest employee found to have violated the school's ...

March 14, 2016 | | State


Berkeley moves to fire assistant men’s coach over sex harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - An assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, became the latest employee found to have violated the school's ...

March 14, 2016 | | State


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