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Tax on sweetened drinks floated in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities.

February 02, 2014 | | State


In Los Angeles suburb, llama feces causes stink

LA HABRA HEIGHTS (AP) - What began as a stink over llama feces has escalated into a running battle that has brought turmoil to a to a Los Angeles suburb known for its quiet locale and sprawling lots.

February 02, 2014 | | State


SJ Valley braces for unemployment surge

MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s last big farm owner dies at 88

SAN JOSE (AP) - Walter Cottle Lester, a third-generation California farmer who stubbornly refused to sell his family's 237-acre ranch to developers even as Silicon Valley rose up around it and made the land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has died at age 88.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Nurses didn’t heed orders to watch patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nurses at a San Francisco hospital did not heed doctors' orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days later, a newspaper reported.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Mother, boyfriend detained by Napa police in death of 3-year-old girl

NAPA (AP) - A Northern California woman wanted for questioning in the death of her 3-year-old daughter was detained along with her boyfriend Sunday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station and turned over to authorities who are investigating the child's death as a homicide, police said.

February 02, 2014 | | State


Teen planned to sell Guy Fieri’s car

MARIN (AP) - A Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to sell the car and also commit a jewelry heist, according to court documents.

January 31, 2014 | | State


State says gang members can change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Pension measure less likely to make ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Convicted state lawmaker introduces crime bill to reduce gravity of his felonies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week introduced a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California weighs illegal immigrant license rules

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California flu deaths jump to 147 surpassing last season’s count

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials said Friday that 147 people in the state have died from the flu this season, surpassing last season's death toll.

January 31, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK: 12% OF NORMAL

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Brown: Flush less, take shorter showers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."

January 30, 2014 | | State


‘Ghost guns’ face rules under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.

January 30, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

LOS BANOS PRIEST ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE: LOS BANOS (AP) - A former Los Banos Catholic priest has been charged with possession of child pornography following a 10-month investigation by the city's police department.

June 10, 2015 | | State


SF’s sexy ads promote water saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Too sexy for the drought?

June 10, 2015 | | State


Oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million

GOLETA (AP) - The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | | State


California bounces back as world’s 7th largest economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After taking a significant recession-era hit, California's economy has bounced back up to the seventh largest in the world as the state's gross domestic product reached $2.3 trillion in 2014, show figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

June 10, 2015 | | State


Demos propose Prop 13 businesses overhaul to reflect current values

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California businesses would pay billions more in property taxes under a longshot bid by two Democratic lawmakers to unravel some of the voter-approved tax limits in Proposition 13.

June 10, 2015 | | State


Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks, an attorney said Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | | State


High-speed rail: Gutting communities?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has compared the state's high-speed rail line to construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the great cathedrals of Europe. Isobel Cook doesn't see it that way.

June 09, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker proposes 300 percent tax for water guzzlers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's worst water-guzzling residents and businesses could get slapped with 300 percent taxes on their bills under drought-inspired legislation that was proposed Tuesday but faces a tough path before it could actually affect local water bills.

June 09, 2015 | | State


Riverside sues over water restrictions

RIVERSIDE (AP) - The city of Riverside has sued a state agency over water restrictions intended to combat the drought, claiming the rules are unfair because the city has ample groundwater supplies.

June 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRAFFIC FINE POLICY BANNED IN CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorists in some California counties will no longer have to pay traffic tickets before they can contest them in court under a new rule adopted Monday by the state court system's governing body.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Dublin starts work on water park during

DUBLIN (AP) - In the midst of the California drought, construction has started on a city water park in Dublin, a suburb of San Francisco.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Death penalty sought in fatal bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors will seek a death sentence against a man charged with killing a bank-robbery hostage that he used as a human shield in a shootout with police, officials said Monday.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Demos push $2B higher spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With California's budget deadline a week away, Democratic state lawmakers are using higher revenue estimates to bolster their argument for spending more on social programs for the poor despite Gov. Jerry Brown's cost concerns.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Kaiser, workers reach tentative contract

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Kaiser Permanente and unions representing 105,000 health care workers across the United States have reached a tentative labor agreement.

June 08, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

NEW PACT WITH CASINO TRIBE: JACKSON. (AP) - State lawmakers are ratifying a new agreement with an Indian tribe that runs a popular Northern California casino.

June 08, 2015 | | State


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