California drought: More than 255,000 homes and businesses still don't have water meters statewide
03/08/2014 06:04 PM PST
From Sacramento to Bakersfield, 42 communities in California still do not have water meters on all connections, the result of years of opposition due to politics and financial issues
In standoff with California over testing, US Education Department blinks
03/08/2014 09:40 AM PST - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.
Transgender woman sues CrossFit over competition
03/08/2014 06:16 AM PST - SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.
Two more candidates file to challenge Mike Honda
03/07/2014 07:17 PM PST - Two late additions to the 17th House District could dilute a long-running Democratic challenge to incumbent Mike Honda.
Data Center: Unmetered water connections in California
03/08/2014 09:16 AM PST - Number and percentage of unmetered water connections in California by water provider.
US approves California's new K-12 testing plan
03/07/2014 03:40 PM PST - Federal education officials on Friday approved California's plan to roll out new computer-based standardized tests this spring, ending a months-long dispute that put the state at risk of sacrificing $1.5 billion in federal school funding.
Southern California man held in more than 300 graffiti incidents
03/07/2014 09:33 AM PST - Authorities in Vista have arrested an 18-year-old man who's accused of more than 300 graffiti vandalism incidents across the city.
Blind man falls onto L.A. tracks, lies flat as train passes over him
03/07/2014 02:16 PM PST - LOS ANGELES - A blind man fell onto the tracks at a subway station as a train was arriving Thursday, but he escaped unharmed by lying flat as the cars screeched to a halt above him, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
Safeway will pay $2.3 million to settle pricing lawsuit by nine California counties
03/07/2014 11:56 AM PST - Safeway has agreed to pay $2,250,000 and litigation costs to settle a lawsuit by Marin County prosecutors alleging false advertising and unfair competition, the district attorney announced Thursday.
New gift rules: Senate Democrats propose sweeping reforms
03/07/2014 06:19 AM PST - Pledging to restore public trust in state government, Democratic leaders of the state Senate on Thursday unveiled a package of bills aimed at restricting lawmakers' fundraising and banning popular freebies like rounds of golf and concert tickets.
Obamacare extension of nonconforming health plans won't affect many Californians
03/06/2014 06:26 PM PST - The Obama administration's announcement Wednesday that allows a two-year extension for individual health insurance policies that don't conform to the health care law applies nationwide -- but only to states that agree to the plan, according to a spokeswoman with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Google's mysterious tech barge greeted by Stockton residents weary of hard times
03/07/2014 05:55 AM PST - Stockton officials gathered on a quiet pier Thursday morning to welcome Google's mysterious 250-foot tech barge and its two escorting tugboats, which took nearly eight hours to travel roughly 70 miles from Treasure Island to their city on the San Joaquin River.
California dad coached through driveway birth by Jim Lefebvre's nephew
03/06/2014 12:46 PM PST - LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) -- The nephew of a former Major League ballplayer helped a man deliver the catch of a lifetime -- the man's own daughter.
CPUC issues first operating permit for ridesharing company Summon
03/06/2014 12:08 PM PST - Summon, one of several companies in the burgeoning ridesharing industry in the state, was the first to be issued an operating permit by the California Public Utilities Commission, CPUC officials said.
San Jose v. MLB: City pushes antitrust case over Oakland A's move
03/06/2014 03:47 PM PST - San Jose resumes its legal assault on Major League Baseball, urging a federal appeals court to strip baseball of its cherished antitrust exemption and find the league has violated the city's rights by stalling its quest to lure the Oakland A's to Silicon Valley.
Video of hit-and-run: California girl, 14, hit by 2 cars
03/06/2014 08:41 AM PST - SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Police have arrested two drivers suspected in a hit-and-run incident caught on surveillance video in which a 14-year-old girl was struck twice at a Santa Ana intersection.
Apple v. Samsung: Judge denies U.S. sales ban on older Samsung smartphones
03/06/2014 05:46 PM PST - Apple may have won a nearly $1 billion jury verdict in its first patent case against archrival Samsung but has again lost its bid to secure a court-ordered ban on the sale of nearly two dozen older Samsung smartphones and tablets on the U.S. market.
Third-graders at Sonora school caught smoking pot
03/05/2014 01:29 PM PST - Police in a Central California city are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.
Warrant: Teacher, student had 5-month relationship
03/04/2014 04:59 PM PST - SANTA MARIA, Calif.—A search warrant says a Santa Maria teacher and a 16-year-old student had a sexual relationship that lasted for as long as five months and took place in his classroom and a hotel room.
2 arrested after thefts from California gravesites
03/04/2014 06:53 PM PST - REDLANDS, Calif.—Police say two women are under arrest after several months of thefts of flowers and other mementos left on graves at a Southern California cemetery.
Child, 5, accidentally shot, killed in California
03/05/2014 01:32 PM PST - PERRIS, Calif.—Authorities have seized 200 marijuana plants from a Southern California home where a 5-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed.
California student arrested in fraud scheme
03/05/2014 07:07 AM PST - LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles community college student has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding hundreds of alleged victims to pay for tuition, jewelry and hair extensions.
Felon fights for $541K Vernon public pension
03/05/2014 11:21 AM PST - VERNON, Calif.—A former Vernon official convicted of misappropriating public funds has filed another lawsuit seeking to prevent the city from shrinking his annual pension from more than $500,000 to $115,000.
Northern California man who hid assets to avoid paying child support, alimony gets 17-year prison term
03/05/2014 10:47 AM PST - A California businessman accused of declaring bankruptcy and hiding his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony following a contentious divorce was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
California GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Kim, King George III, Mao Zedong
03/05/2014 09:26 AM PST - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.
Girl Scout cookies bought with phony dough
03/05/2014 07:29 AM PST - Officials in Southern California say someone has been buying Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit cash.
Northern California park closes road to deter redwood poachers
03/05/2014 07:22 AM PST - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
'Star Trek's' George Takei goes to warp speed for Mike Honda
03/05/2014 06:21 AM PST - Actor George Takei of 'Star Trek' fame will headline a fundraiser March 20 for Congressman Mike Honda, who's trying to fend off two rivals to win an eighth term.
About 120,000 letters burn in fiery big-rig Orange County crash
03/04/2014 02:59 PM PST - Postal authorities say about 120,000 letters have been destroyed in a fiery crash between two big-rigs on an Orange County freeway.
Scandals cost California Democrats supermajority in Senate
03/04/2014 06:40 AM PST - State Sen. Ronald Calderon's decision Sunday to take a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruption charges will eliminate the supermajority his party won in 2012, threatening the policy priorities of some Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.
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Mario, flutes and trains – Colorado museum a trove for collectors
In basements, bedrooms and home offices, in cluttered drawers and neat display cases, the things we collect are all around us. Whether it's vintage postcards, baseball caps or vinyl records, antique flutes, model trains or video-game memorabilia, each has a story to tell. Full Story
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Oops! Obama misspells Aretha Franklin's iconic song
The president omitted a letter from the singer's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' while praising her at a White House celebration.