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State mandates low-water lawns on renovated, new homes & buildings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Federal agencies defend response to SoCal oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Competency trial for 2012 mass shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.

May 29, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | State


Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


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State-run retirement program advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don't have access to retirement plans at work ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under ...

July 13, 2015 | | State


Firm to take court disputes online

SAN JOSE (AP) - Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


‘Invasive ‘contraband watch’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s woes began before uproar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ross Mirkarimi was a rising San Francisco politician when he was elected sheriff - and then the trouble started.

July 12, 2015 | | State


Boating warning: Whales cavort off coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of whales are frolicking off Northern California's coast in a feast for the eyes that has also prompted federal officials ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


California gas prices spike; may top $4

CAMARILLO (AP) - While gas prices nationwide are on a downward trend, California is experiencing a spike that could see prices top $4 a gallon before ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


Firefighter speaks for first time

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno Fire Department captain made his first public appearance since falling through a roof while fighting a house fire more than three ...

July 12, 2015 | | State


Drone grounds firefighting planes

YUCAIPA (AP) - Authorities said a drone temporarily halted air tankers that were fighting a wildfire on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.

July 12, 2015 | | State


California bills to regulate Electronic cigarettes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a victory for Big Tobacco, two California bills aimed at curbing youth smoking by cracking down on e-cigarettes and boosting the smoking ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


Study: Science lacking on safety of fracking boom

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of the chemicals used in California's fracking boom likely pose a risk to public health, and the state for years ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


Actress Kelly Rutherford testifies at custody hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Kelly Rutherford testified about her finances, travel and her ties to Los Angeles in an attempt to convince a judge to ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


Panel hears conflicting safety assessments for Diablo Canyon

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists argued Thursday that government regulators have allowed California's last operating nuclear power plant to sidestep federal rules and conceal the ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


LAPD: Man in critical condition after being shot by police

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man suspected of breaking windows with a skateboard was shot and critically wounded by police Thursday after he shocked an officer ...

July 09, 2015 | | State


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