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Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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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


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown grants 59 pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on Good Friday, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


Arrests in ‘horrific’ killings

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A business associate of a popular practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine was arrested Friday in connection with what California authorities say was ...

March 25, 2016 | | State


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