California

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California unique with independent citizens panel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the decade before the 2012 midterm congressional elections, only one of California’s 53 congressional seats changed party hands, despite elections every other year in a state with rapidly shifting demographics. […]

03/30/2014

In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, a visitor rolls a marijuana joint in coffee shop Mississippi in Maastricht, southern Netherlands.  (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

Signature gathering approved for marijuana legalization

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Backers of an initiative that would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp have until Aug. 18 to submit enough signatures to qualify the measure for the […]

03/25/2014

This video framegrab from Senate Television shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Senate Television)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein against legalizing pot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday joined Gov. Jerry Brown in expressing skepticism about legalizing marijuana in California for recreational purposes. The state’s senior senator told The Associated Press in a telephone interview […]

03/20/2014

Manager of Donnelly gubernatorial campaign departs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The campaign manager for a Republican state lawmaker running for California governor says she has quit, after appearing in a promotional video in which she said working for him was “freaking […]

03/12/2014

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GOP move to expel senator fails to gain traction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges. Majority Democrats sent the resolution to the Senate […]

03/12/2014

Rare redwood faces chopping block in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a tree so rare that there are believed to be fewer than 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter […]

03/12/2014

California seeks to dam 3 Delta channels

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep out salty ocean water if the state’s drought persists. Two of the barriers would […]

03/12/2014

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Requests to carry concealed guns surges in Calif.

 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Californians have flooded several sheriff offices with applications and inquiries for permits to carry concealed guns. Sheriffs in some politically conservative or rural counties reported spikes in applications while other counties […]

03/12/2014

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Suspect held in wounding of Dana Point man

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded a man in Dana Point and led to a manhunt on the northern San Diego County coast. The Orange […]

03/10/2014

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Powerful quake shakes California; no injuries

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – An earthquake that struck offshore and rattled the Northern California coast has been downgraded to a magnitude-6.8. The quake about 50 miles west of Eureka on Sunday night was initially reported […]

03/10/2014

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California criminal behind 3-strikes law arrested

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The career criminal whose participation in a notorious murder spurred California’s so-called three strikes law has been arrested again. The Fresno Bee reported Saturday that 49-year-old Douglas Walker pleaded not guilty to […]

03/08/2014

Workers at a natural gas well site

California’s Brown hears fracking gripes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration’s policies on hydraulic […]

03/08/2014

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