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Higher PG&E rates for most

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 8:14 p.m. | | Higher PG&E rates for most Comments 0 Comments

Couple married 75 years dies in each other’s arms

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 8:13 p.m. | | Couple married 75 years dies in each other’s arms  Comments 0 Comments

No ‘legal basis’ to hold SF shooting suspect

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 8:12 p.m. | | No ‘legal basis’ to hold SF shooting suspect Comments 0 Comments

Fewer state residents admitted to UC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported Thursday, while the number accepted from outside the state and abroad has again increased.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 8:05 p.m. | | Fewer state residents admitted to UC Comments 0 Comments

Gimmicks & technology: California learns to save water

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA  (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it’s possible to get people to change their ways.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 8:04 p.m. | | Gimmicks &  technology:  California learns to save water Comments 0 Comments

California delays plan to replace statue of Serra

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis’ planned visit to the United States in September.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 8:04 p.m. | | California delays  plan to replace  statue of Serra Comments 0 Comments

Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco Pier 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 8:03 p.m. | | Woman randomly shot to death  at popular San Francisco Pier 14 Comments 1 Comment

TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 8:03 p.m. | | TV news crews robbed of  cameras during live broadcasts Comments 0 Comments

Massive traffic expected in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. 

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 7:42 p.m. | | Massive traffic expected in Yosemite Comments 0 Comments

Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

OROVILLE  (AP) — Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

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Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 7:41 p.m. | | Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking Comments 0 Comments

New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones    Comments 0 Comments

Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator Comments 0 Comments

Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) — After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville   Comments 0 Comments

Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 12:08 a.m. | | Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor Comments 0 Comments

Legislature passes strict vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 7:28 p.m. | | Legislature passes strict vaccine bill Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 7:28 p.m. | | Lawmakers to tackle health  care, road funding Comments 0 Comments

Wet weekend helps wildfire fights

BIG BEAR LAKE  (AP) — A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Wet weekend helps wildfire fights Comments 0 Comments

Teen cleared of slaying arrested on same charge

MERCED (AP) — A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge had cleared him of months earlier.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Teen cleared of  slaying arrested  on same charge Comments 0 Comments

Lightning strikes spark new wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

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35 counties extend health care to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2015 7:28 p.m. | | 35 counties  extend health  care to illegals Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers tie $20 million in grants to police use of force

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the money to the national debate over killings by police.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2015 7:28 p.m. | | Lawmakers tie $20 million in  grants to police use of force Comments 0 Comments

Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino

CUPERTINO (AP) — A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino Comments 0 Comments

Ruling makes pride parades jubilant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Ruling makes pride parades jubilant Comments 0 Comments

Homely hounds compete to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA . (AP) — He’s overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 12:29 a.m. | | Homely hounds compete to be  crowned World’s Ugliest Dog Comments 0 Comments

SF told to stop taking some water

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 9:05 p.m. | | SF told to stop taking some water Comments 0 Comments

Cooler weather slowing week-old wildfire

SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — A slight break in the weather Friday slowed a week-old wildfire that is threatening thousands of buildings in the Southern California mountains.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | Cooler weather slowing week-old wildfire Comments 0 Comments

OC expands groundwater system

FOUNTAIN VALLEY  (AP) — An Orange County water district said Friday it is adding more purified wastewater to its groundwater basin, helping to continue its reliance on mostly local water sources during the drought.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | OC expands groundwater system Comments 0 Comments

2 San Diego firefighters stabbed by bystander at emergency scene

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 1:02 a.m. | | 2 San Diego firefighters stabbed  by bystander at emergency scene Comments 0 Comments

West Nile virus detected in Manteca

A dead bird found in the 95336 Manteca ZIP code — the area to the north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that go through the center of the city — has been confirmed to have been killed by the West Nile virus.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 1:02 a.m. | | West Nile virus detected in Manteca Comments 0 Comments

Vaccine bill clears major hurdle

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:47 p.m. | | Vaccine bill clears major hurdle Comments 0 Comments

Six balcony deaths in Berkeley could bring manslaughter charges

OAKLAND (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:46 p.m. | | Six balcony deaths in Berkeley could bring manslaughter charges Comments 0 Comments

Mountain communities on alert as week-old wildlife gets new life

SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — Hamlets in the San Bernardino Mountains were placed on alert Thursday as a week-old wildfire roared to new life, devouring thousands of acres of brush and old-growth trees as it was stoked by gusty winds.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:46 p.m. | | Mountain communities on alert   as week-old wildlife gets new life Comments 0 Comments

Congress probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:45 p.m. | | Congress probes California oil  spill that blackened beaches  Comments 0 Comments

Drone forces brief grounding of air tankers

SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist’s drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:45 p.m. | | Drone forces brief grounding of air tankers   Comments 0 Comments

Brown signs budget with anti-poverty initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California’s growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 1:12 a.m. | | Brown signs  budget with  anti-poverty    initiatives Comments 0 Comments

Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco’s Old Mint as one of the nation’s 11 most endangered historic places.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 1:08 a.m. | | Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered Comments 0 Comments

Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  — Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 12:56 a.m. | | Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious   Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Comments 0 Comments

Los Angeles deputies guilty in jail beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday in the backroom beating of a jail visitor who fellow guards testified already was handcuffed on the ground and covered in blood.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 12:55 a.m. | | Los Angeles  deputies guilty  in jail beating Comments 0 Comments

Exxon Mobil halts oil production

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn’t deliver oil to refineries, the company said Tuesday.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:45 a.m. | | Exxon Mobil halts oil production Comments 0 Comments

Officers in text message case to remain on paid leave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nine San Francisco police officers will remain on paid leave while a judge decides whether the department waited too long to discipline them in connection with racist text messages.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:39 a.m. | | Officers in text message   case to remain on paid leave Comments 0 Comments

Officer shoots police dog after it bites his hand

RICHMOND  (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area police officer shot and seriously injured a police K-9 after the dog bit his hand.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:39 a.m. | | Officer shoots   police dog after    it bites his hand  Comments 0 Comments

Judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure “patently unconstitutional.”

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:37 a.m. | | Judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays measure  Comments 0 Comments

Ride-hailing apps for kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren’t around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn’t show up or, when they did, they were rude or haggled with her about the fare.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:36 a.m. | | Ride-hailing apps for kids Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers blast kill-gays ballot initiative proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Members of the California Assembly are denouncing a proposed ballot measure that would make it legal to murder gay and lesbian people.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:57 a.m. | | Lawmakers blast  kill-gays ballot  initiative proposal Comments 0 Comments

Smiling Reagan statue revealed in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A statue of a smiling Gov. Ronald Reagan was revealed Monday in the California State Capitol’s lower rotunda before admiring lawmakers and members of his administration.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:56 a.m. | | Smiling Reagan  statue revealed  in State Capitol Comments 0 Comments

Battle over Squaw Valley plans

SQUAW VALLEY  (AP) — A leading environmental group has stepped up the fight against the proposed expansion of a Lake Tahoe ski resort, saying its impact on traffic and mountain scenery threatens to destroy the charm of the site that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:55 a.m. | | Battle over Squaw Valley plans Comments 0 Comments

More firefighters join battle against fire near Tahoe

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) — Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters Monday battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:54 a.m. | | More firefighters  join battle against  fire near Tahoe Comments 0 Comments

Oil from spill washed up in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:52 a.m. | | Oil from spill  washed up in  LA County  Comments 0 Comments

Farmers fail to report water cuts

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A majority of farmers and others holding some of California’s strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:52 a.m. | | Farmers fail to report water cuts Comments 0 Comments

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