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Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State


West Coast seaports reopen for day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

February 13, 2015 | | State


Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State


BLEAK WINTER FOR SKIING

TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Even bigger longer droughts for West?

SAN JOSE (AP) - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming - and they're bound to last for decades.

February 12, 2015 | | State


High-speed falls behind buying land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is as much as a year behind schedule in buying the land needed to start construction on the first 29-mile stretch in the Central Valley, rail officials say.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles officer who saw replica gun shoots teen in back

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


California falling 400,000 plus short of health care sign-up goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, but state officials hope to make up much of the difference this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant’s gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

February 12, 2015 | | State


University to offer pot policy class

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California university is offering a marijuana policy class to study the legal issues linked to the recreational pot market.

February 12, 2015 | | State


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South state agency to ration water to districts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's Metropolitan Water District is planning to ration imported water that it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities, the Los Angeles Times reported.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Police: Father tried to kill his 2 kids with carbon monoxide

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Northern California man who is accused of trying to kill himself and his two children with carbon monoxide.

April 07, 2015 | | State


LA man to get Navy Cross for Afghanistan war heroics

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps said Tuesday that a gunnery sergeant will receive the service's second-highest award for enduring heavy assault in Afghanistan while his team leader and another Marine were ushered to safety after being shot and seriously wounded.

April 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PULLS MAN WITH FISH INTO SAN DIEGO BAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say a 62-year-old man holding a fish he caught on a boat in a San Diego bay was pulled overboard by a sea lion.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris raises $2.M million for US Senate bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Sacramento water districts consider merger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two water agencies serving a combined half million people in suburban Sacramento are seeking to merge, saying they can better survive California's historic drought as a larger organization.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Bullet from man’s gun pierces wall, hits sleeping boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sleeping 8-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head when a masked gunman arguing with the boy's father opened fire inside a Los Angeles home and a bullet went through a bedroom wall, police said.

April 06, 2015 | | State


‘Furious 7’ generates $143.6M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The high-octane "Furious 7" peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Costly special committees do little

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges met just once in its two-year existence, but it provided its Democratic chairman 14 personal aides at a cost of $644,000.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Rain, snow falling on north state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cold weather bringing rain and snow to Northern California is expected to linger through mid-week but do little to ease a drought gripping the state, forecasters said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Teacher gets three years for student sex

CORONA (AP) - A former Riverside County high school teacher who admitted having sex with five male students has been sentenced to three years in state prison.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Governor pardons 83 people

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland man pardoned for crimes he committed nearly three decades ago says he considers the Easter Sunday announcement a new beginning in his life.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Deputy police chief resigns amid charges

FRESNO (AP) - A deputy police chief in California has resigned amid federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Friday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


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