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Long road to recovery after devastating fire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on the same lot she fled in September, mourning the animals she couldn't save and the family heirlooms she left behind as one of the most devastating wildfires to hit California wiped out her rural subdivision.

February 14, 2016 | | State


Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem. I am 60 years old and have just been laid off by my employer. I have few if any prospects of getting another job. I plan to sign up for my Social Security when I am 62. But two of my last five years will have no earnings, thus dramatically lowering my future Social Security benefits. Can I just pay money into the Social Security system for these last two years?

February 12, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | State


Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

February 12, 2016 | | State


WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA (AP) - Where did El Nino go?

February 12, 2016 | | State


Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

February 12, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population.

February 12, 2016 | | State


With FBI ring tightening, last occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Mexico prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.

February 11, 2016 | | State


PROMISES MADE TO VOTERS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time voters were promised when they approved the project, attorneys for a group of landowners opposing the system argued in court Thursday.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Massive gas leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

February 11, 2016 | | State


California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

PACIFICA (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."

February 11, 2016 | | State


Environmentalists sue over cattle at Point Reyes seashore

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore in Marin County.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out its top executive in a closed-door vote and without a clear explanation of why the change was being made.

February 11, 2016 | | State


White worker gets $3.8M in racial bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials have agreed to pay nearly $3.8 million to a former city parks worker who accused a supervisor of discriminating against him because he is white.

February 11, 2016 | | State


Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement.

February 10, 2016 | | State


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Plan offered to divide funds among victims

SAN BERNARDINO. (AP) - Eighty percent of the nearly $2.5 million donated to the United Way following the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


San Diego harbor cruise boat hits pier, injuring 7

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego harbor cruise boat crashed into a pier while docking Thursday, injuring seven people and causing significant damage to the ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


Last day for hikers at popular Los Angeles trail for months

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles fitness fanatics whose daily routine includes a hike or a run along the Runyon Canyon trail are bracing themselves for ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base

FRESNO (AP) - A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170 ...

March 28, 2016 | | State


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