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AGENT: ‘LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’ STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER’S: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary “Lawrence of Arabia” actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

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Posted: may. 25, 2015 8:55 p.m. | | NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA Comments 0 Comments

Australia’s tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

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Posted: may. 25, 2015 8:53 p.m. | | Australia’s tips on surviving drought Comments 0 Comments

Assembly leaders single-handedly dictate spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.

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Posted: may. 25, 2015 8:52 p.m. | | Assembly leaders single-handedly dictate spending Comments 0 Comments

Sacramento boy, 11, earns three degrees

SACRAMENTO (AP) — An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.

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Posted: may. 25, 2015 8:52 p.m. | | Sacramento boy, 11, earns three degrees Comments 0 Comments

Abalone diver dies off Sonoma County coast

BODEGA BAY (AP) — Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.

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Posted: may. 25, 2015 8:51 p.m. | | Abalone diver dies off Sonoma County coast Comments 0 Comments

Grand jury probes PG&E ties with CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California’s largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 10:15 p.m. | | Grand jury  probes PG&E ties with CPUC Comments 0 Comments

Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation’s toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 10:15 p.m. | | Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics Comments 0 Comments

Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY — Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:11 p.m. | | Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday Comments 0 Comments

Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 9:10 p.m. | | Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts  Comments 0 Comments

California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 9:10 p.m. | | California home prices hit 7.5-year high Comments 0 Comments

Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 9:10 p.m. | | Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant Comments 0 Comments

5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) — Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 9:09 p.m. | | 5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app Comments 0 Comments

Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) — Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 9:09 p.m. | | Man arrested after stealing dump truck Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON  (AP) — A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

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Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate Comments 0 Comments

Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour Comments 0 Comments

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) — The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill Comments 0 Comments

UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system’s governing board on Thursday.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 8:47 p.m. | | UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall Comments 0 Comments

Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 7:53 p.m. | | Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly Comments 0 Comments

Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers’ expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 7:52 p.m. | | Parole could end inmate’s  effort for sex  change surgery Comments 0 Comments

State Senate race deals blow to Democratic Party, unions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 7:52 p.m. | | State Senate race deals blow  to Democratic Party, unions Comments 0 Comments

California shuts down pricey private SF bus service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 7:52 p.m. | | California  shuts down  pricey private  SF bus service Comments 0 Comments

Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

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Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND  (AP) — Members of a commission led by California’s lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:07 p.m. | | Concern about legal pot & minors aired California Comments 0 Comments

Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:07 p.m. | | Study finds spike in car theft after prison change Comments 0 Comments

Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:07 p.m. | | Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage Comments 0 Comments

Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) — Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:06 p.m. | | Sonoma tobacco  restriction law passes first council vote Comments 0 Comments

Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA  (AP) — Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:06 p.m. | | Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed Comments 0 Comments

Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA  (AP) — A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:06 p.m. | | Third dead whale washes  ashore on SF Bay Area beach Comments 0 Comments

Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK  (AP) — A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 7:05 p.m. | | Helmet camera captured deadly  Yosemite National Park cliff jump Comments 0 Comments

Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | Homemade morphine possible Comments 0 Comments

Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | Assembly bill would require  hearings on police military gear Comments 0 Comments

Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case Comments 0 Comments

California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) — A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles Comments 0 Comments

Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) — What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:50 p.m. | | Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon Comments 0 Comments

Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:50 p.m. | | Extreme athlete  Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping Comments 0 Comments

Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures — including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals — to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child — $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:49 p.m. | | Audit questions Medicaid  billing made by 335 dentists Comments 0 Comments

Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH  (AP) — Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:49 p.m. | | Man in jail after  bank robbery,  hostage-taking Comments 0 Comments

Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) — Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:49 p.m. | | Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water Comments 0 Comments

It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS  (AP) — More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions — a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:30 p.m. | | It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells Comments 0 Comments

Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM  (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:30 p.m. | | Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature Comments 0 Comments

Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:30 p.m. | | Spending tops $7 million in  nasty East Bay Senate contest Comments 0 Comments

Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds turned out for a “family support picnic” held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

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Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) — A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

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Posted: may. 17, 2015 9:29 p.m. | | Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl Comments 0 Comments

Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week’s wet storm isn’t expected to provide much, if any, relief from California’s historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 11:00 p.m. | | Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year Comments 0 Comments

Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) — A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 10:59 p.m. | | Court sides  with fruit farm in fight with  workers union  Comments 0 Comments

Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) — As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown’s $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 10:59 p.m. | | Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget Comments 0 Comments

State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 10:59 p.m. | | State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans Comments 0 Comments

Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 9:41 p.m. | | Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California Comments 0 Comments

TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW  (AP) — The latest version of Google’s self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant’s mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 9:13 p.m. | | TAKING IT TO THE STREET Comments 0 Comments

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