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California advances bill to cap consumer loan interest rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate has advanced legislation to cap interest rates for consumer loans. The bill caps interest rates for payday and other loans at roughly 38 percent. The cap will fluctuate slightly depending... — Updated 9/13/2019


PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 as the company tries to emerge from... — Updated 9/13/2019


California governor commutes sentences for 21 inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he has commuted the sentences of 21 prison inmates, most convicted of murder or attempted murder and seven of whom had been serving life terms with no... — Updated 9/13/2019


California could blunt Trump's environmental rollbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) — For decades, California and the federal government have had a co-parenting agreement when it comes to the state's diverse population of endangered species and the scarce water that keeps them alive. Now, it... — Updated 9/13/2019


California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

FRESNO (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway. The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway... — Updated 9/14/2019


California lawmakers tackled health care, wildfire costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) — In their first year with a new governor, California lawmakers passed legislation aimed at guarding against financial harm from wildfires, deterring fatal police shootings and expanding health care to young... — Updated 9/14/2019


Woman arrested after throwing liquid on California Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California police have arrested a woman who threw a feminine hygiene device containing "what appeared to be blood" onto the floor of the state Senate, splashing onto lawmakers and forcing them to finish their... — Updated 9/14/2019


Family files claim after student dies in school cart crash

ORANGE (AP) — The family of an autistic boy who died in a golf cart crash at a Southern California high school has filed a claim against the district. Authorities say 15-year-old Emanuel Perez suffered major injuries in the... — Updated 9/14/2019


Sheriff: Dive boat victims killed by smoke, not flames

SANTA BARBARA — Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. "The indicators are from the... — Updated 9/6/2019


Los Angeles County reports first vaping-related death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health authorities say they are investigating Los Angeles County's first known death associated with vaping. The county Department of Public Health has scheduled a press conference on the issue for Friday... — Updated 9/6/2019


Arizona hiker dies after Yosemite's Half Dome trail fall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A hiker in Yosemite National Park fell to her death while climbing to the top of the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome, where cables are installed each summer. Park spokesman Scott Gediman says... — Updated 9/6/2019


Bill to help California utility pay wildfire claims stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A bill to let a troubled California utility borrow money against its future profits to pay victims of wildfires started by its equipment will not pass this year. Some shareholders for Pacific Gas & Electric had... — Updated 9/6/2019


NRA sues San Francisco over terrorist declaration

The National Rifle Association has sued San Francisco where city officials recently declared the gun-rights lobby a terrorist organization. The NRA says in its lawsuit that the city is infringing on its free speech rights and is... — Updated 9/9/2019


California governor signs vaccine bills he demanded

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills Monday to crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. The Democratic governor acted without comment less than an hour... — Updated 9/9/2019

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Conservative news network files $10 million defamation lawsuit against Maddow

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego-based owners and operators of the conservative One America News Network filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit on Monday, Sept. 9 against MSNBC and political commentator Rachel Maddow for saying on air... — Updated 9/10/2019


California Senate approves bill to cap rent increases

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A bill to cap rent increases for most tenants in the country's most populous state has cleared a key legislative hurdle. The California Senate voted 25-10 on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to approve a bill that would cap... — Updated 9/10/2019


California lawmakers OK overhaul of charter school approvals

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation that overhauls the way California approves charter schools. The measure approved by the Assembly on a 56-16 vote Tuesday, Sept. 10 would no longer let the state... — Updated 9/10/2019


California man charged with shooting protected mountain lion

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Simi Valley man has been charged with shooting and killing a protected mountain lion that roamed the mountains northwest of Los Angeles. The Ventura County district attorney's office says Tuesday that... — Updated 9/10/2019


California OKs use of campaign cash for childcare costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California would join a growing number of states allowing candidates for political office to use campaign funds to pay for child care under a bill that has cleared the state Senate. The bill approved Tuesday by... — Updated 9/10/2019


Google settles with labor board over employee speech

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has reached a settlement over employees' ability to speak out about workplace issues after a former worker filed a complaint. Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google said, the... — Updated 9/12/2019


Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California's authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday, confronting a state that has... — Updated 9/5/2019


Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast

SEATTLE — Federal scientists said Thursday, Sept. 5 they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unus... — Updated 9/5/2019


California Senate OKs expansion of 'red flag' gun law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Employers, co-workers and teachers could ask judges to take away guns from people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others under a bill that has cleared the California Senate. California enacted... — Updated 9/5/2019


California bans fur trapping for recreation, commerce

SACRAMENTO — California on Wednesday became the first state to ban commercial fur trapping, ending the practice nearly 200 years after animals like beavers and otters introduced the American West to international trade.... — Updated 9/5/2019


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