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Expulsion vote due for kids in computer hacking

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."

January 28, 2014 | | State

Bill will reduce challenges to prospective jurors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State

As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State

Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State

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

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California settles Chase debt collection lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest bank will pay $100 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it used illegal methods to collect debts from ...

November 02, 2015 | | State

Rain snow & highway pileups

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The first winter-like storm of the season brought rain and snow to California on Monday, triggering traffic accidents including a 20-vehicle crash in ...

November 02, 2015 | | State

Justin Bieber completes sentence for egg vandalism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's cleanup work at a homeless shelter has paid off, with a judge agreeing Monday to take him off formal ...

November 02, 2015 | | State

800 turbines to shut down

LIVERMORE (AP) - Hundreds of turbines on Altamont Pass will shut down at the massive wind farm amid pressure from environmental groups.

November 02, 2015 | | State

Tech tycoon spearheads pot legalization bid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push to put California among the states where marijuana can be sold to and legally used by adults for recreation took ...

November 02, 2015 | | State

Storm dumping rain and snow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The National Weather Service says a cold front coming down from the northwest dropped some rain in the Sacramento region Sunday, which could ...

November 01, 2015 | | State

28 deaths from West Nile virus so far this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials say 28 people have died from West Nile virus so far this year.

November 01, 2015 | | State

Lyft ‘kidnapping’ is misunderstanding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say the case of a woman who jumped out of a Lyft car because she thought she was being ...

November 01, 2015 | | State

Court: Man was denied public trial

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man serving a 15-year prison sentence for conspiring to burn down his Sacramento restaurant had his conviction thrown out on the rare ...

November 01, 2015 | | State

Seawater desalination plant opens soon

CARLSBAD (AP) - There's far more riding on the Americas' largest seawater desalination plant than the 50 million gallons of drinking water it will produce ...

November 01, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - California student performance in math and reading has stagnated while wide achievement gaps for black, Hispanic and low-income students persist, according to ...

October 28, 2015 | | State

Former California Senate leader enters Sacramento mayor race

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former leader of the California Senate on Wednesday announced his bid for mayor of Sacramento, saying he wants to build on the ...

October 28, 2015 | | State

Principal body- slammed in student fight, 3 arrested

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California high school principal was body-slammed and three students arrested in a wild cafeteria fight that was filmed and posted online ...

October 28, 2015 | | State

Man shoots self in foot, bullet also hits 9-year-old boy

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a man shot himself in the foot and the round went through a floor, hitting a 9-year-old sleeping boy.

October 28, 2015 | | State

Salmon: Lingering drought may lead to extinction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another deadly summer of drought has heightened fears of extinction in the wild for an iconic California salmon, federal officials said Wednesday.

October 28, 2015 | | State

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