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Wildfires challenge firefighters in northern Californiaupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 17:16:00

Firefighters gained ground in recent days in the battle with a wildfire that burned 84 buildings and blackened 28,000 acres of dense forest in northern California.

Vets charity accused of illegal accountingupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 10:47:00

California authorities are taking a controversial veterans' charity to court, accusing it of paying officers "excessive" salaries and making "imprudent" loans, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a leading conservative activist's company.

Hostage incident at California sporting goods store ends peacefullyupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 19:55:00

Two employees were held hostage for about four hours Sunday afternoon at a sporting goods store in Yuba City, California, before being released, police said.

High court asked to accept appeal over California same-sex marriage banupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 21:36:00

Supporters of California's voter-approved ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to allow it go back into effect.

California high-speed rail to nowhere?updated: Wed Jul 18 2012 19:52:00

After billions of federal stimulus dollars pledged to build a new rail line, the project is plagued with problems.

CNNMoney: Volt sales surge in California thanks to car-pool accessupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 12:16:00

Sales of General Motors' Chevrolet Volt plug-in car, which had been dwindling in recent months, are enjoying a big resurgence in California, a state with some of the highest gas prices in the nation.

California cigarette tax remains too close to callupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 10:36:00

California's vote on a controversial cigarette tax remained too close to call Wednesday morning, although votes counted so far suggest it was narrowly rejected.

Cigarette showdown as Californians vote on taxupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 11:59:00

California voters Tuesday will decide on Proposition 29, a proposed tax on cigarettes that spiraled into a $60 million battle

Recalling a governor is rare -- trying to, not so muchupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:58:00

Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.

Opting out of vaccinations could get tougher in Californiaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 07:11:00

The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.

California death row inmate found dead hanging in his cellupdated: Wed May 30 2012 15:30:00

A 68-year-old California inmate on death row in San Quentin State Prison was found dead hanging in his cell, authorities said Tuesday.

California suspends Derby-winning trainer over 2010 raceupdated: Fri May 25 2012 05:16:00

California horse-racing authorities handed the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another a 45-day suspension Thursday stemming from a 2010 race with another horse, but cleared him of giving that horse an energy-boosting cocktail.

Mountain lion shot dead in Californiaupdated: Tue May 22 2012 19:18:00

Authorities in Santa Monica, California, fatally shot a mountain lion Tuesday, acting on public safety concerns after it tried to escape from an office building courtyard in the city.

Arrest made in missing California teen caseupdated: Tue May 22 2012 02:47:00

A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the two-month-old disappearance of a California teen, authorities said.

Red onions recalled over contamination riskupdated: Sat May 19 2012 22:14:00

Gills Onions recalled 2,360 pounds of diced red onions because of possible listeria contamination, the California-based company said Saturday.

Fertilizer used to snuff out pot smokingupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 20:39:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jim Spellman about efforts at the University of Colorado to extinguish smoking on 4/20.

Utility to pay $70 million for California pipeline ruptureupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 16:41:00

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will pay San Bruno, California, $70 million in restitution for the pipeline rupture that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in September 2010, the utility and city said Monday.

Doomsday preacher admits: I was wrongupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 19:08:00

Many months after his doomsday prediction failed to materialize, a humbled California preacher has admitted his mistake and said he is out of the forecasting game.

CNNMoney: California expected to reap Facebook windfallupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 18:00:00

Facebook's upcoming IPO could be a golden egg for the Golden State.

Lucky to be alive: 2 survive midair collisionupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 08:52:00

Two pilots in northern California were lucky to be alive Monday after they escaped a midair collision without serious injuries.

2 ICE agents shot in California; 1 deadupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 23:57:00

Two agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were shot Thursday inside the agency's offices in Long Beach, California, ICE said in a statement.

CNNMoney: Foreclosures climbed in Januaryupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 05:32:00

Foreclosures picked up in January, yet another sign that the nation's huge glut of delinquent homes may soon start making their way onto the market.

5.5-magnitude earthquake rattles Northern California updated: Mon Feb 13 2012 16:37:00

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

California sets trends in health regulationupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:13:00

Beyond skateboards, Silicon Valley and hippies, California has a trendsetting streak of a different kind.

CNNMoney: Foreclosures: America's hardest hit neighborhoodsupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 05:23:00

The housing collapse has dramatically changed the nation's foreclosure landscape.

Police in California seek boy, 14, in sexual assaults updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 03:19:00

Police in Oakland, California, are asking the public for its help in finding a 14-year-old boy wanted in connection with two sexual assaults.

Monkey stolen from California zoo found safeupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 11:38:00

Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely returned, officials said.

Judge rejects California's death-penalty procedureupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 22:44:00

California's use of a three-drug combination in executing prisoners was declared invalid Friday by a Marin County judge, who ruled that a one-drug method should have been considered.

California to endure nearly $1 billion in midyear budget cutsupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 17:11:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday almost $1 billion in midyear budget cuts as a result of insufficient state growth.

California probes why guards fired seven rounds in prison riotupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 16:23:00

California officials are investigating why correctional officers fired seven lethal rounds to quell a prison riot in Sacramento this week in which one inmate was shot in the leg, authorities said.

What's stopping job creation? Too much regulationupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 08:22:00

"Businesses adding jobs" is a headline every elected official loves to read. Sadly, it's one that's getting harder and harder to find because of a policy and regulatory landscape that makes it increasingly difficult for businesses to see why and where creating new jobs makes sense.

Bodies recovered in Yosemite months after hikers go over waterfallupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 16:36:00

Two bodies have been found in Yosemite National Park in recent days near where three hikers were swept over a 317-foot waterfall last July, officials at the park in California said Monday.

California gas utility fined $38 million for 2008 explosion that killed 1updated: Fri Dec 02 2011 18:05:00

Pacific Gas and Electric Company must pay $38 million for safety violations in connection with a Christmas Eve 2008 explosion and fire in northern California, officials said. Owners get lockout update on conference callupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 21:32:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners held a conference call Thursday to receive an update on the lockout, a person with knowledge of the details said.

California fight over gay marriage gets back on track after state high court rulingupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:12:00

A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.

Expedited airport screening for military in the worksupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 15:25:00

U.S military personnel may someday be treated to expedited screening at airport checkpoints if all goes well with tests that begin Tuesday at a medium-size airport in California.

California auditor: 1,000 state-licensed facilities match sex offenders' addressesupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:58:00

The California state auditor has found that more than 1,000 state-licensed facilities -- including more than 600 for kids -- matched addresses in the sex-offender registry, saying oversight mechanisms lag behind state requirements.

Medical pot group sues Obama administration over California crackdownupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:33:00

A medical marijuana advocacy group sued the Obama administration Thursday, saying its policy "to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California" is unconstitutional.

California governor allows warrantless search of cell phonesupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:33:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited police in that state from conducting warrantless searches of the cell phones of people under arrest.

Hunger strikers down to hundreds in California prisonsupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 12:03:00

Hundreds of California prisoners remain on hunger strike in protest of what they describe as their harsh treatment, though state authorities and inmate-rights advocates differed over the numbers involved.

New law makes tanning beds off-limits to most California teensupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 20:39:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prohibits most teenagers from getting bronzed in tanning beds, making the Golden State the first to do so.

Thousands of California prisoners on hunger strikeupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 02:36:00

Thousands of California state prisoners, angry about what they call harsh treatment, have been on a hunger strike that enters its ninth day Tuesday.

California farm recalls lettuce over contamination concernsupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 09:46:00

A California lettuce grower has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine lettuce shipped to wholesale food service distributors in 19 states and Canada over concerns the produce may be contaminated with the same bacteria that caused 13 deaths in an outbreak traced to tainted cantaloupes.

Without a job, California woman forced to live a lieupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 08:47:00

Sukhraj Beasla's parents boast that their successful daughter works at a bank. The problem is that it's all a lie -- she was laid off more than two years ago.

California bill would ban warrantless cell phone searchesupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 16:53:00

If you get arrested in California, the photos, e-mails and other personal data on your cell phone soon could be a bit safer from prying police eyes soon. A bill passed by the state legislature would require law-enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of a person placed under arrest.

Cash-strapped California schools seek savings through solarupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 16:58:00

California schools are hurting. Budget cuts in the millions are causing school districts to find ways to save cash.

California fire that destroyed 27 homes mostly containedupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:50:00

A fire caused by a plane crash that destroyed 27 homes in Tehachapi, California, was 83% contained by early Thursday, according to state and local officials.

California debates shark fin banupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 02:07:00

A controversial bill to ban to shark fin in California stirs heated debate among the Chinese-American community.

Shark fin soup faces extinction in Californiaupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 02:07:00

A Chinese delicacy may soon disappear from California restaurants if a bill to ban the sale of shark fins makes it through the state Senate.

Officials hope to contain California wildfire that burns 350 acresupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 01:06:00

Officials expect to contain a wildfire in San Bernadino County, California, by Tuesday night if conditions remain favorable.

California wildfire burns 300 acres, causes interstate traffic backupupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 23:00:00

A wildfire in San Bernadino County, California, scorched some 300 acres and burned at least one home in a matter of hours Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Alert issued for 2-year-old California girl allegedly taken by fatherupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 22:38:00

Authorities asked for the public's help Friday in tracking down a 2-year-old California girl who the FBI says was abducted by her father.

Salmonella outbreak linked to death in Californiaupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 19:28:00

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning blamed for scores of illnesses that may be linked to eating ground turkey has resulted in a death, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

California lets undocumented students get private scholarshipsupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 15:29:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will allow undocumented immigrant students to receive privately funded scholarships administered at public universities and community colleges, officials said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Calif. borrows $5.4 billion amid U.S. debt dramaupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 17:58:00

California secured a $5.4 billion loan to see it through the financial market turbulence that could hit if federal policymakers don't solve the debt ceiling impasse by Aug. 2.

Should we change how we elect presidents?updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 08:38:00

A political movement is under way which, in the words of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, could result in "the most radical transformation in our political system that has ever been considered."

The royals continue tour of Californiaupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 14:22:00

CNN's Max Foster reports on day 2 of the the royal couple's visit to California.

Students at California colleges will soon pay moreupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 01:35:00

When students at California's state colleges return to campus this fall they will have to pony up more.

California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay historyupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 01:26:00

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

CNNMoney: California companies fleeing the Golden Stateupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 12:51:00

Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.

Money Magazine: My wife and I want to donate to different causesupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 16:48:00

My wife prefers to donate to religious charities and hates it when I donate to environmental ones or any other one she doesn't approve of. Got a solution? -- E.J., Colorado Springs

4 killed as plane crashes into California hospital buildingupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 18:17:00

Four people, including two children, died when a plane crashed into a building at a hospital complex in Watsonville, California, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Friday.

Several injured in California bus crashupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 05:29:00

Several people were injured after a bus carrying forest firefighters crashed Monday evening in southern California.

To save states, fix prison systemupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 08:46:00

With a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed California's budget. Legislators, he said, had failed to take the "strong medicine" California needs to survive. But the state could easily save hundreds of millions of dollars by fixing its criminal justice system.

CNNMoney: California lawmakers pass budget with deep cutsupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 09:44:00

California lawmakers approved an $86 billion budget late Tuesday that imposes deep spending cuts but does not extend tax hikes.

CNNMoney: California budget deal reachedupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 07:23:00

Conceding defeat on his tax extension proposal, California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a budget Monday that imposes deep spending cuts.

California ban on sale of 'violent' video games to children rejectedupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:26:00

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that would have banned selling "violent" video games to children, a case balancing free speech rights with consumer protection.

The California Dream is fizzling outupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:59:00

For California native Elaine Cali -- yes, that's her real name -- the best thing about growing up here was the smell of orange blossoms.

CNNMoney: California lawmakers lose pay until they pass balanced budgetupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:32:00

California lawmakers will forfeit their pay until they pass a balanced budget, the state controller said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: One California budget fix: Abolish death rowupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:06:00

Taxpayers have spent $4 billion since 1978 on California's capital punishment system -- and with only 13 executions to show for it.

CNNMoney: California budget comes in under the wireupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 18:09:00

California lawmakers unveiled a balanced budget Tuesday that cuts billions from education but likely allows them to keep collecting their paychecks.

Supreme Court: State can offer illegal immigrants reduced tuitionupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 13:23:00

The Supreme Court has upheld a California law giving illegal immigrants living there reduced in-state tuition rates at public universities, the same rates legal state residents enjoy.

Justices turn aside appeal over tuition rates, illegal immigrantsupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 11:06:00

The Supreme Court has affirmed a California law giving illegal immigrants living there reduced in-state tuition rates at public universities, the same rates legal state residents enjoy.

Three-month-old killed in California shootingupdated: Sun Jun 05 2011 23:23:00

A 3-month-old boy was killed Sunday during a triple-shooting in California, according to the East Palo Alto police department.

CNNMoney: No budget, no pay for California lawmakersupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 18:32:00

California lawmakers can kiss their pay goodbye if they don't pass a balanced budget by June 15.

Where does California put 33,000 released inmates?updated: Thu May 26 2011 08:55:00

Hasn't California suffered enough?

High court orders drastic prison population reduction in Californiaupdated: Tue May 24 2011 06:59:00

The Supreme Court has affirmed a federal order telling California to reduce its overflowing prison population, a situation the majority said "falls below the standard of decency."

CNNMoney: California's $10.8 billion budget battleupdated: Mon May 16 2011 17:32:00

California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a revised budget Monday that calls for a $9.3 billion tax extension, coupled with a $2.6 billion cut in spending.

CNNMoney: California gets $2.5 billion windfallupdated: Mon May 09 2011 07:02:00

California is enjoying an unexpected $2.5 billion spike in tax revenue, which could help the state close its massive budget shortfall.

CNNMoney: California nightmare: Spending cuts vs. tax extensionupdated: Tue May 03 2011 15:28:00

Keep paying higher taxes or face deep, painful cuts in services. Those are the options Californians are faced with.

Calif. company announces grape tomato recallupdated: Tue May 03 2011 07:04:00

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., a California-based food supplier for six retail chain stores, has announced the recall of grape tomatoes produced by a grower who said the vegetables might be contaminated with salmonella.

Salmonella scare prompts grape tomato recallupdated: Tue May 03 2011 06:01:00

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., a California-based food supplier for six retail chain stores, has announced the recall of grape tomatoes produced by a grower who said the vegetables might be contaminated with salmonella.

CNNMoney: California cancels new San Quentin death rowupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 18:17:00

California's San Quentin prison, famous for hosting both Johnny Cash concerts and the state's most dangerous inmates, won't be getting a new death row facility as planned.

2 dead, 4 wounded in California nightclub shootingupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 14:35:00

Two people died and four were wounded early Monday in a shooting outside an Oakland, California, nightclub, police said.

Suspicious white substance on plane turns out to be toilet paperupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 15:11:00

A suspicious white substance in an airplane bathroom?

CNNMoney: Foreclosures off 30% this yearupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 05:27:00

On the surface, the foreclosure crisis seems to be easing. The number of foreclosure notices filed during the first three months of 2011 fell 27% compared with the first quarter of 2010, according to a report from RealtyTrac released Thursday.

2 killed in California F/A-18 crashupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 19:44:00

Two crew members on a routine training flight were killed Wednesday when an F/A-18F aircraft crashed near Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, the U.S. Navy said.

Rain brings evacuations in California countyupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 12:13:00

A heavy rainstorm Thursday prompted evacuations along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, California, officials said.

California mother arrested for encouraging son to fightupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 23:08:00

A California mother was arrested this week after she was captured on video encouraging her son to pummel another boy, police said.

Traces of radiation from Japanese nuclear plant surface in Californiaupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 02:58:00

A radiation monitor in California has detected a trace of radioactive material from the stricken nuclear power plant in Japan, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization said Friday.

One person dies in chain-reaction car wreck in northern Californiaupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 19:03:00

One person died Friday in a chain-reaction crash involving at least 20 cars on Interstate Highway 80 in northern California, state Highway Patrol Sgt. Curtis Fouyer told CNN.

Monster gold nugget worth $400Kupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 16:16:00

Get a glimpse at the world's largest gold nugget, which sold at auction for $400,000 in Sacramento, California.

California sued over requiring Sikh inmate to cut beardupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 06:12:00

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state of California and Gov. Jerry Brown because prison authorities required a Sikh prison inmate to cut his beard.

Pack-a-day smokers decliningupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 16:44:00

Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who do smoke are on average smoking less, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Officials: Lack of oxygen likely cause of fish kill in Californiaupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 07:35:00

A southern California fish kill that authorities identified as "millions" of sardines is not the result of any environmental foul play but rather is the product of natural forces, officials said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Gas: Why I'm paying $4 but my neighbor isn'tupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 14:29:00

Whenever a gas price story is published on this site, astute readers write in to say that gas is in their area is much more expensive than the nationwide average.

Cops: Man left class, returned with gunupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 07:04:00

Police say a man accused of killing a teacher at a California school asked to finish smoking before surrendering.

Church bus wreck in California mountains kills 1, injures 13updated: Mon Feb 21 2011 23:28:00

One person was killed and 13 were injured Monday when a church bus returning from a weekend retreat wrecked on a California mountain highway, authorities said.

California high court: Retailers can't request cardholders' ZIP codeupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 16:43:00

California's high court ruled Thursday that retailers don't have the right to ask customers for their ZIP code while completing credit card transactions, saying that doing so violates a cardholders' right to protect his or her personal information.

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