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Long lines form as Powerball ticket sales comes to California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hopeful Californians with $2 to spare waited in long lines as Powerball lottery tickets went on sale for the first time in the state.

April 09, 2013 | | State


4 a.m. last call bill already fuels debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that's just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins.

April 09, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley farmer ousted from major hospital board after Obama racial slur

RIVERDALE (AP) - A prominent San Joaquin Valley farmer has been forced to step down as head of a major hospital board after making a racist statement about President Barack Obama in an email.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Mojave Desert Joshua trees in unusual heavy bloom on desert

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Joshua trees, those spiky sentinels of the Mojave Desert, are having a blossom bonanza and nobody is quite sure why.

April 09, 2013 | | State


State mounts joint raid on Calif. jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California sends tomorrow's technology, Hollywood blockbusters and terrific pinot noir to the world. Now, the governors of Utah and Virginia want the Golden State to export more of something else: jobs.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER LIVERMORE LAB WORKERS SUE

April 09, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members - a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Brown trip gives Newsom chance to shine

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As Jerry Brown begins his first trip out of the country as governor, the man who might someday seek to replace him finds himself overseeing the affairs of the nation's most populous state - if only temporarily.

April 09, 2013 | | State


SF Exploratorium set to open in new $300M digs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Exploratorium, San Francisco's interactive science and activities museum, is set to open at its new $300 million digs along the bay with more space and new exhibits, including a rain chamber that will allow people to experience past storms.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Ventura County fire contained; mop up underway

FILLMORE (AP) - Ventura County firefighters have contained the remnants of a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened more than 100 others in Fillmore on Tuesday, officials said.

April 09, 2013 | | State


209 News

MODESTO LOSES 140 JOBS: MODESTO - The news isn't good for workers at Post cereal's Modesto plant.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting high-cost school bonds that can’t be paid off early

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers advanced a bill on Monday aimed at restricting the use of high-cost school bonds that prevent districts from paying off the debt before the bonds mature.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Water tunnel plans call for highway rerouting

RIO VISTA (AP) - A proposal to construct two huge water diversion tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta includes plans for rerouting three, two-lane highways - previously undisclosed projects that carry a preliminary price tag of at least $265 million, a newspaper reported.

April 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

THOUSAND OAKS THIEVES STEAL $4 FROM STORE: THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - At least three burglars knocked in the door of a Ventura County produce market, fled with cash, and led police on a high speed vehicle chase that ended when their car smashed into a fence.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Feds violated law in Monterey oil leases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal land managers violated a key environmental law when they auctioned off the rights to drill for oil and gas on 2,500 acres of prime public lands in Monterey County, home to one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the nation, a judge ruled.

April 08, 2013 | | State


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Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Proposition 47 lowers penalties for crimes such as drug possession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Student held in school threat in California

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Peevey departing CPUC in 3 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Apply now: Obama gets a job offer

SANTA MONICA (AP) - He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

October 09, 2014 | | State


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