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Study sees even bigger longer droughts for much of US West

As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest…

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AP Photo/Jae C. HongA farmworker ties almond tree branches with strings as a pumpjack operates near the orchard

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

California is proposing broad changes in the way it protects underground water…

AP Photo/Jae C. HongA farmworker ties almond tree branches with strings as a pumpjack operates near the orchard
AP Photo/Jae C. HongPumpjacks operate at the Kern River Oil Field

California permitted oilfield discharge in protected water

Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies…

AP Photo/Jae C. HongPumpjacks operate at the Kern River Oil Field
Damian Dovarganes/AP PhotoCalifornia lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger.

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to…

Damian Dovarganes/AP PhotoCalifornia lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger.
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Drought vow victory: Californians use 22 percent less water

Thanks to a rainy December, California's drought-suffering residents met Gov. Jerry Brown's…

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Rich Pedroncelli/ap file photoInmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies

County jail populations dip after voter-approved measure

Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided…

Rich Pedroncelli/ap file photoInmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies
AP Photo/Rich PedroncelliA snow plow clears snow from Highway 50 near Echo Summit

California's snow survey shows far less snow than last month

California's second snow survey finds the Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal…

AP Photo/Rich PedroncelliA snow plow clears snow from Highway 50 near Echo Summit
ap file photoA judge has made a tentative ruling regarding the state's method of execution.

Tentative ruling: California must adopt execution process

California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly…

ap file photoA judge has made a tentative ruling regarding the state's method of execution.
Ed Andrieski/AP PhotoCalifornia health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health hazard on Wednesday.

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that…

Ed Andrieski/AP PhotoCalifornia health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health hazard on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Dave SimonIn this photo taken Sunday

New California law makes it harder to skip vaccinations

A California law that took effect last year is making it harder…

AP Photo/Dave SimonIn this photo taken Sunday
AP Photo/Jae C. HongElizabeth Orsini takes pictures of her hairband with the Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland

Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on…

AP Photo/Jae C. HongElizabeth Orsini takes pictures of her hairband with the Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland
AP Photo/Ted DistelIn this Wednesday

Climbers hope historic ascent inspires fans to follow dreams

A day after completing what had been considered the world's most difficult…

AP Photo/Ted DistelIn this Wednesday
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Two men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb

A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered…

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Damian Dovarganes/AP PhotoKaiser Permanente mental health professionals rally outside the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday.

Kaiser's 2,600 mental health workers strike in California

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California…

Damian Dovarganes/AP PhotoKaiser Permanente mental health professionals rally outside the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday.
Gary Kazanjian/AP PhotoGov. Jerry Brown speaks to the crowd during the California High Speed Rail Authority ground breaking event today in Fresno. The train would whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

California breaks ground on bullet train as climate solution

California's high-speed rail project became the first in the nation to break…

Gary Kazanjian/AP PhotoGov. Jerry Brown speaks to the crowd during the California High Speed Rail Authority ground breaking event today in Fresno. The train would whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
Ben Margot/AP PhotoTwo men are halfway through a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite at Yosemite National Park.

2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite

Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest…

Ben Margot/AP PhotoTwo men are halfway through a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite at Yosemite National Park.
Rich Pedroncelli/AP File PhotoJerry Brown made history on Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as governor of California.

California governor sworn in for record fourth term

Jerry Brown made history Monday when he was sworn in for his…

Rich Pedroncelli/AP File PhotoJerry Brown made history on Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as governor of California.
AP Photo/Long Beach Police DepartmentMissing baby Eliza Delacruz is seen in an undated photo. Eliza was found dead Sunday in Imperial Beach

Police seek clues after baby snatched by gunman found dead

Detectives trying to determine who abducted a 3-week-old infant after shooting her…

AP Photo/Long Beach Police DepartmentMissing baby Eliza Delacruz is seen in an undated photo. Eliza was found dead Sunday in Imperial Beach
An animal rights group's effort to block a halal slaughterhouse from opening the Bayview District was rejected by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (AP file art)

More room for chickens likely means costlier eggs

The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across…

An animal rights group's effort to block a halal slaughterhouse from opening the Bayview District was rejected by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (AP file art)
Ken Bondy/Creative Commons/FlickrA man in his 50s was bitten by a juvenile great white shark

Surfer survives shark bite off Central California

A man surfing on the Central California coast was dragged under water…

Ken Bondy/Creative Commons/FlickrA man in his 50s was bitten by a juvenile great white shark