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Brown likely to maintain slow-growth approach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to maintain a slow-growth approach for California when he updates his spending plan Thursday, while responding to pressure from fellow Democrats seeking to close the income gap by offering a $380 million-a-year proposal to create tax credit for the working poor. Brown proposed a record $113 […]

Cold, windy storm heads toward drought-stricken California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cold, windy storm that originated in the Gulf of Alaska was expected to move into the San Francisco Bay area before heading to Southern California, providing rainy relief to a drought-stricken state. Showers could dump a quarter inch of rain early Thursday on parts of Northern California before it winds […]

Giants/A’s roundup: Late HR leads Astros over San Francisco

HOUSTON — The San Francisco Giants have been superb in one-run games to start the year. They couldn’t pull out one more close win Wednesday night. George Springer hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth and the Houston Astros rallied past the San Francisco Giants, 4-3. Springer had come off the seven-day concussion disabled […]

Sagan sprints to a windy win in Stage 4 of Tour

AVILA BEACH — Slovakia’s Peter Sagan surged in the short final uphill sprint Wednesday to win the windy fourth stage of the Tour of California and close in on overall leader Tom Skujins of Latvia. After finishing second in the first three stages, Sagan — the Tinkoff-Saxo rider who has four Tour de France stage […]

State, UC tell colleges to respond quickly to sex assaults

By Christine Armario LOS ANGELES (AP) — California law-enforcement and education leaders on Wednesday directed colleges to quickly notify authorities when a sexual assault is reported on campus, following criticism that incidents were being hidden by universities and not investigated thoroughly. Attorney General Kamala Harris and University of California President Janet Napolitano released a template […]

Survey finds people text and drive despite knowing the dangers

By Barbara Ortutay Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cell phones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. […]

Fast Track splits Obama, Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that’s a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama’s fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue. Despite intense lobbying by Obama, every Democratic senator except one, Delaware’s Tom Carper, voted against moving forward on the legislation to […]

Golf courses tee up water savings

LAGUNA NIGUEL (AP) — At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants. But behind the man-made stream and […]

Skujins speeds to a Stage 3 win at Tour of California

SAN JOSE — Latvian Tom Skujins pedaled to a surprising mountain stage win by more than a minute and took the lead Tuesday in the Tour of California. The 23-year-old began Stage 3 in 95th position and trailed previous race leader Mark Cavendish of Britain by 42 seconds. Skujins completed the hilly 105.7-mile road stage in […]

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

By Sue Manning If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the […]

Dems, GOP ready to act if Supreme Court axes House districts

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON (AP) — Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections. Political advisers from both parties say Republican-run Arizona and Democratic-led California […]

Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-K

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disparities in access to early learning opportunities have increased, with some states enrolling nearly all children in their pre-kindergarten programs and others not offering any services, according to a national study on early education released Monday. Florida, Oklahoma, Vermont and the District of Columbia each provide pre-K to more than 75 percent […]

Gadgets help families stay in touch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple’s 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there’s […]

Detroit woman now world’s oldest

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman now listed as the world’s oldest living person still makes plans for a fishing trip each year and credits God for her longevity. Jeralean Talley of Inkster tops a list maintained by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks the world’s longest-living people. Gertrude Weaver, a […]

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