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Deal sought to avoid early releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the four leaders of California's Legislature reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state's prison population, offering to spend more money on rehabilitation efforts if a panel of federal judges will extend an end-of-the-year deadline to release thousands of inmates.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Senate OKs condoms for prison inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate approved a plan Monday that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, despite a ban on having sex behind bars.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Boy dies in LA golf cart crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 10-year-old boy has died after suffering a severe head injury when the modified golf cart he was riding in overturned in an exclusive gated community north of Beverly Hills.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Cal Worthington,car dealer famed for TV ads, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cal Worthington, who built a fortune from a series of West Coast auto dealerships and became a TV fixture thanks to folksy car lot commercials urging customers to "Go see Cal," has died. He was 92.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

JUDGE: ABERCROMBIE WRONGLY FIRED MUSLIM FOR HIJAB: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker who insisted on wearing a head scarf.

September 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DIVER HELPING WITH SEARCH AT LAKE DROWNS: REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say a diver brought in to help recover the body of a man who drowned in a Northern California lake also drowned.

September 09, 2013 | | State


100 homes evacuated in Bay Area wildfire

CLAYTON (AP) - A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew Monday, forcing more people to leave their homes and leading to a smoke advisory for area residents.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

September 09, 2013 | | State


Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Suspects sought in crossbow killing

EUREKA (AP) - A man and a 16-year-old girl were on the loose Monday after shooting two transients, one fatally, with a crossbow in a heavily wooded area of coastal Northern California, sheriff's officials said.

September 09, 2013 | | State


SoCal city welcomes doomsday bunkers

MENIFEE (AP) - In the backyard of his remote Southern California home, Bernie Jones is etching an unconventional blueprint: a construction plan to build his underground survival shelter. It won't be the typical, cramped Cold War-era bunker. It will hold 20 people.

September 08, 2013 | | State


NorCal wasp invasion puts sting in summer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Swarms of stinging insects have etymologists from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco fielding calls from besieged property owners, perplexed government officials and even homicide investigators asking how to keep the bugs away from dead bodies.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Water war moving underground

FRESNO. (AP) - For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Neuroscientist helps light up Hart’s shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has a new piece of equipment accompanying him on his latest tour - a cap fitted with electrodes that capture his brain activity and direct the movements of a light show while he's jamming on stage.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Minimum wage, guns face lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could help shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.

September 08, 2013 | | State


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Count of unsheltered homeless in Manteca takes place Jan. 27

A countywide count of unsheltered homeless people has been scheduled for Jan. 27 through 29.

January 14, 2015 | | State


PG&E ordered to release more emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.

January 14, 2015 | | State


UC gets record number of applications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Jockeying starts to succeed Sen. Boxer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday became the first Democrat to enter the high-stakes, high-dollar race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

January 13, 2015 | | State


‘Transformers’ sequel leads Razzies list

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Facebook launching Amber Alerts soon

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Analyst: Governor underestimates revenues by $2B

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


State: Sign-ups to minimize tax penalties

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state is ramping up advertising and marketing efforts in the final month of open enrollment for health insurance to minimize the estimated 1 million Californians who will face tax penalties for staying uninsured, exchange officials announced Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


California DMV will check illegals’ prior driver licenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally who fraudulently obtained a California driver's license before it was legal won't get a new card until state authorities review their driving record.

January 13, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

AIR TAINTED WITH SOOT LINGERS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stubborn dry weather pattern settled over Northern California in January, helping create some of the sootiest air in years for the 7.5 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, air quality officials said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Climbers closing in on historic feat

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris to run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park was making a push Monday to catch up with his partner.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Kaiser nurses to strike at all hospitals & medical facilities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 18,000 Kaiser nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern and Central California are planning for an upcoming strike.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Farmers in decry decision involving appeal

By SCOTT SMITH

January 12, 2015 | | State


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