- Former Assembly speaker returns with ambitious tax overhaul Updated: May-02-15 12:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.
- Japan prime minister touts economic synergy with US in visit Updated: May-01-15 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - The United States and Japan will work toward strengthened economic ties, including promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific trade agreement, officials said Friday.
- Correction: Greenhouse Gases-California-Things to Know story Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. The state is on track to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 but does not plan to reduce emissions beyond that before 2020.
- Brown appoints budget manager as next state parks director Updated: Apr-30-15 8:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday named a budget manager to continue reform efforts at California's beleaguered parks department.
- Jockey Alex Solis appointed to California Horse Racing Board Updated: Apr-30-15 8:06 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Jockey Alex Solis has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board, replacing actress Bo Derek, who resigned after serving nearly seven years.
- Japanese PM seeks tech innovation in Silicon Valley visit Updated: Apr-30-15 1:05 am
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans a swing through Silicon Valley on Thursday, speaking with Stanford University experts about innovation, building relationships with tech firms and investors, and - as head of one of the world's leading car producing nations - popping in on electric carmaker Tesla Motors.
- California ramps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions Updated: Apr-29-15 7:35 pm
LOS ANGELES - Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.
- California court keeps sex offender registration ruling Updated: Apr-24-15 2:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.
- Judge denies parole to former Manson follower Bruce Davis Updated: Apr-23-15 6:08 pm
LOS ANGELES - A Charles Manson follower who once bragged of cutting a man's head off lost another bid for freedom for two murders that have kept him behind bars 45 years.
- Correction: California Drought-Water Rates story Updated: Apr-23-15 2:25 pm
LOS ANGELES - In stories April 20-21 about a court ruling that found San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal was only binding in Orange County. The ruling is binding statewide. However, appellate courts outside Orange County could rule differently and the state Supreme Court may ultimately decide the issue.
- Legal pot in California? Taxes, black market pose challenges Updated: Apr-21-15 7:43 pm
LOS ANGELES - Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.
- Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use Updated: Apr-19-15 12:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people.
- Some governors push back over McConnell letter to defy EPA Updated: Apr-15-15 1:17 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.
- Florida Gov. Scott visits California on jobs-seeking trip Updated: Apr-13-15 6:57 pm
LOS ANGELES - Florida Gov. Rick Scott was looking for jobs in Los Angeles on Monday.
- Q&A: A look at the 4-year-drought in Nevada Updated: Apr-12-15 10:44 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval stood in a dry, dusty lakebed and made a startling point - the place where he stood was covered by 3 feet of water only a few years ago.
- Florida Gov. Scott heads to California on job-seeking trip Updated: Apr-12-15 3:05 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading out on a two-day trip to California in an effort to convince businesses from that state to move east.
- Nevada governor creating drought impact panel Updated: Apr-08-15 8:02 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - In a dusty lakebed 10 miles outside the state Capitol, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the creation of a drought impact panel to help the nation's driest state avoid wasting water.
- California lawmakers oppose parole for disabled man's killer Updated: Apr-08-15 4:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The family of a developmentally disabled man who was buried alive had support from a bipartisan group of state lawmakers Wednesday, as they sought to block the parole of his killer in what they termed an especially heinous crime.
- Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to immigrants Updated: Apr-07-15 5:04 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Responding to federal inaction over immigration reform, California Democrats on Tuesday announced a package of 10 bills that would extend health care, legal rights and business protection to immigrants who are illegally living in the state.
- Jerry Brown defends drought order that doesn't limit farmers Updated: Apr-05-15 2:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most - farmers.