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President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric said Tuesday, Feb. 18, that it expects to become more profitable than ever after it emerges from bankruptcy and pays off more than $25 billion in losses sustained in catastrophic wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

PG&E banking on big profits after utility leaves bankruptcy

Feb. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EST

Pacific Gas and Electric says it expects to become more profitable than ever after it emerges from bankruptcy and pays off more than $25 billion in losses sustained in catastrophic wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment. The nation's largest utility shared its rosy outlook on Tuesday, along with its sobering...

A Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom's lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they want to grill PG&E about the company's plans to borrow billions of dollars and sell more stock to help pay the $13.5 billion owed to more than 75,000 victims of catastrophic wildfires ignited by the utility's equipment and negligence. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

California governor wants to grill PG&E about financing plan

Feb. 11, 2020 6:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom's lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they...

Attorney General William Barr waves as he walks on stage to speak at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justice Department brings new suits over sanctuary policies

Feb. 11, 2020 12:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure Monday on local governments over “sanctuary” policies that hinder federal immigration officers, bringing two new lawsuits and launching a coordinated messaging campaign to highlight an election-year priority of President...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, traffic crosses the Golden Gate Bridge in the rain in this view from Sausalito, Calif. The Trump administration has ended its antitrust probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, after failing to find that the companies' conduct violated the law. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Administration ends antitrust probe of 4 automakers, Calif.

Feb. 7, 2020 9:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has ended its antitrust probe into a deal between California and four of the world's biggest automakers, after failing to find that the companies' conduct violated the law. The Justice Department's investigation, which started last fall, had aimed to determine...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A federal judge has approved a settlement that moves Pacific Gas & Electric closer to getting out of bankruptcy. The company cleared its latest hurdle Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali signed off on a deal to refinance billions of dollars in debt to pay off PG&E bondholders who threatened to cause problems. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

Feb. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted as part of a legal claim. In an inspection just two...

FILE - This Dec. 14, 1970, file photo shows civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at the New York Hilton. California's governor announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that he is posthumously pardoning Rustin, a gay civil rights leader, while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. He served 50 days in Los Angeles County jail and had to register as a sex offender before returning to his home state of New York. He died in 1987. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

California pardons gay civil rights leader in new initiative

Feb. 5, 2020 4:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A civil rights leader who was gay and a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously pardoned by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also announced Wednesday what may be the nation's first process for forgiving those convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual...

FILE - In this Monday Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom talking to students during his visit to the Ethel I. Baker Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom wants a three-year suspension on physical fitness tests while the state studies whether the current test for children in fifth, seventh and ninth grades can be modified or a new assessment should be drawn up. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )

California may pause student fitness tests due to bullying

Feb. 4, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled and non-binary students. The move also comes after annual test results show a growing percentage of students...

California state Sen. Scott Wiener announces he will introduce legislation to take over Pacific Gas & Electric at a rally in San Francisco Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The legislation is aimed at transforming the nation's largest electric utility into a publicly-owned company. Wiener said the bill would involve a public takeover of Pacific Gas & Electric and its sprawling network of power lines that have been blamed for starting catastrophic wildfires that have killed dozens of people and caused billions of dollars in damage. (AP Photo/Janie Har)

California bill seeks takeover of nation's largest utility

Feb. 3, 2020 5:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrated by repeated safety lapses at the nation's largest electric company, a California lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation that would force taxpayers to buy the struggling utility and turn it into a public entity with a safety-first mission ahead of shareholder profits. The...

FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, voters mark ballots at a polling place in the library at the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Los Angeles. Californians start voting Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in a high-profile Democratic presidential primary that has no clear front-runner. For the first time, Californians can register to vote on election day at the polls. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California's primary vote count could take longer than ever

Feb. 1, 2020 11:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians start voting Monday in a high-profile Democratic presidential primary that has no clear front-runner and could take longer to count than any previous election in a state already notorious for slow ballot counting. For the first time, Californians can register to vote all...