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Family home dodges 2 wildfires

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Days after nearly losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief after learning that firefighters and a firebreak cleared by her husband had saved it from a second blaze.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Apple more than doubles hiring of women, minorities

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Notorious inmate’s lawyer: Officials knew he was target

SAN QUENTIN (AP) - Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California's prison isolation units partly for his own protection. Just days after he was moved into the general prison population, fellow inmates stabbed him to death in an exercise yard.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Manhunt target let out of jail over space

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due to lack of bed space.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Girl died from stab wounds, asphyxiation

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Sheriff's officials say an 8-year-old Northern California girl who they say was sexually assaulted and killed by a teenage neighbor died of asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck.

August 13, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge jumper evading police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are searching for a woman who emerged from the icy bay water Wednesday morning wearing a soaking wet black dress and no shoes after she either jumped or fell from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge trying to evade police in a stolen car.

August 12, 2015 | | State

150 people evacuated as wind pushes fire

LOWER LAKE (AP) - At least 150 people have been evacuated from their homes as erratic winds Wednesday fanned a wildfire burning through rugged hills in Northern California and pushed the flames across two counties.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Octopus that’s weirdly social, romantic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that's even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

August 12, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jose Melena was loading tons of tuna into industrial ovens at Bumble Bee Foods when any worker's worst nightmare occurred - he got trapped inside and the massive pressure cooker was turned on.

August 12, 2015 | | State

LA covers reservoir with ‘shade balls’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has been blackballed.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Infamous ‘San Quentin Six’ convict killed by fellow inmate

SAN QUENTIN. (AP) - An inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner, corrections officials said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

2 plead guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico by drone

EL CENTRO (AP) - Two California men pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin from Mexico to the United States, authorities said Wednesday.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Medi-Cal may be on hook for parolee’s sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California paroled a transgender inmate on Wednesday, one day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison system to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

August 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | State

State: Sell even more miserly showerheads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials launched two initiatives Wednesday to boost residential water conservation: The nation's toughest water efficiency standards for showerheads and a $30 million rebate program to rip out grass lawns and replace old toilets.

August 12, 2015 | | State

Food banks, pantries find ways to feed more people

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charles Scott is shopping for groceries at a Philadelphia food pantry, busily clicking away at a computer to select his choices of onions, tomatoes and frozen corn.

August 11, 2015 | | State

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Special needs student found dead on bus

WHITTIER Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who was found dead on a school bus as a special needs student who regularly rode the ...

September 13, 2015 | | State

LA police, city vehicles go green with 160 electrics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sounds of city vehicles on Los Angeles streets are about to get a bit quieter.

September 13, 2015 | | State

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in ...

September 13, 2015 | | State

Exhibit’s CT-scanned mummies give new look at old world

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping? There will be a rare chance to find out ...

September 13, 2015 | | State

Appeals court blocks pesticide use over concerns about bees dying off

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously ...

September 10, 2015 | | State

Heat blankets California, mixed with lightning, storms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Much of California simmered in a stew of high heat and humidity on Thursday, bringing thunderstorms, causing power outages and leaving some ...

September 10, 2015 | | State

Woman who lost bias suit is dropping appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The woman who lost her high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm said Thursday that she is dropping ...

September 10, 2015 | | State

Google debuts mobile-pay service again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's answer to the Apple Pay mobile-payment service is debuting in the U.S., marking a do-over by the company behind ...

September 10, 2015 | | State

Appalachian Trail record holder pays fine for bubbly

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - An ultramarathoner who set the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail paid a $500 fine Wednesday to settle citations over his ...

September 09, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple staked a new claim to the living room on Wednesday, as the maker of iPhones and other hand-held gadgets unveiled an ...

September 09, 2015 | | State

California board: 91 clean-energy projects completed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials told a citizens oversight board Tuesday that they know of 91 school energy-efficiency projects completed with funding from a green energy ...

September 08, 2015 | | State

Appeals court sides with Facebook in postings fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Criminal defendants' right to information that will aid in their defense does not extend before trial to social networking posts that are ...

September 08, 2015 | | State

Owner of wayward chicken on Bay Bridge comes forward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a wayward chicken that fouled up traffic at the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge last week reclaimed his bird Tuesday ...

September 08, 2015 | | State

SoCal sweats in late-summer heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California will see dangerously high temperatures this week and a chance of thunderstorms and flooding in the mountains as a building ...

September 08, 2015 | | State

Ben Carson calls for guest worker status for country’s illegal immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson jabbed Tuesday at front-runner Donald Trump's proposal to deport everyone who is in the country illegally ...

September 08, 2015 | | State

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