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Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Brown wants court rulings overturned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Sacramento clerk rejects challenge to NBA arena

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The city clerk rejected a ballot measure Friday that would have let Sacramento voters decide whether public subsidies can help build a $448 million downtown arena intended as the future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Teacher arrested over potluck's pot-laced food

BENECIA (AP) - A Bay Area elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly serving marijuana-laced food to her colleagues at a potluck dinner without their knowledge.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Nearly 700 pounds of cocaine found in compact vehicle

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - Border Patrol agents say they've found nearly 700 pounds of cocaine stuffed into the trunk and back seat of a compact car at a Southern California checkpoint.

January 24, 2014 | | State


California air pollution drops over past decade

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While overall air quality in California has improved significantly over the past decade, about a third of the population lives where pollution is in excess of federal health standards, according to state officials.

January 24, 2014 | | State


No charges in shooting of teen who attacked scout

TORRANCE (AP) - No criminal charges were filed against a Southern California man who shot and killed a 19-year-old man he claimed attacked a Boy Scout, but the investigation continued, authorities said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | State


California health exchange criticized for Latino sign-ups

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After celebrating its enrollment numbers earlier this week, California's health-insurance exchange came under heavy criticism Thursday for its lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left untold numbers of consumers in limbo.

January 23, 2014 | | State


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Small plane lands on 101 near San Jose

SAN JOSE . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says federal aviation officials have been called to investigate after a small plane made an emergency landing on a major Northern California highway Saturday night.

June 07, 2015 | | State


Measure would cut public pensions

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A proposed ballot measure unveiled Thursday would aim to reduce government pension spending for state and local employees in the nation's most populous state by requiring voters to approve new benefits.

June 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance right-to-die legislation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers advanced a right-to-die bill Thursday, giving hope to those who want the nation's most populous state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives under doctor's care.

June 04, 2015 | | State


Immigrant lawyer finally gets his green card 21 years after applying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California attorney who successfully fought a legal battle to practice law despite his immigration status got his green card Thursday and can now live in the U.S. legally as well.

June 04, 2015 | | State


Suit targets California’s handling of water in drought , impact on fish

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mismanagement of state water networks has brought some vital native fish species close to extinction during the California drought, environmental organizations and a sports-fishing group claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

June 04, 2015 | | State


California takes 1st step to regulate medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California took the first step Thursday to regulate its nearly 20-year-old medical marijuana industry, one that lawmakers said currently resembles something out of the "wild, wild West."

June 04, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PROTESTS DRESS CODE IN YEARBOOK QUOTE: SAN MATEO (AP) - A California student's yearbook quote protesting the dress code at her school is approaching 100,000 interactions online.

June 04, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles closes in on approving $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because the tally was not unanimous.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Yahoo lands rights to show NFL game on Internet this fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is teaming up with Yahoo to show a game live on the Internet this fall.

June 03, 2015 | | State


California’s largest lake threatened

SALTON CITY (AP) - Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.

June 03, 2015 | | State


California lawmakers advance aggressive climate change plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Trees being razed ion ritz Oakland Hills

OAKLAND (AP) - City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Google defends accident records of self-driving cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Texas man dies abalone diving in Tomales Bay

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Texas man has become the sixth fatality this year tied to abalone diving off the Northern California coast.

June 03, 2015 | | State


Bay Bridge steel to become public art

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Bridge has connected Oakland and San Francisco and been part of the Bay Area skyline for almost 80 years.

June 03, 2015 | | State


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