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Sean de Guzman, center, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, checks the weight of a snow sample on a scale held by DWR's Ramesh Gautam, left, as DWR's Lauren Miller, background records the information during the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 33.5 inches deep with a water content of 11 inches which is 97% of average at this location at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

December storms gave California a promising snowpack

Jan. 2, 2020 7:44 PM EST

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — December storms gave California a promising snowpack despite a slow start, state water authorities said Thursday after conducting measurements to determine how much vital runoff can be expected to flow into reservoirs this spring. Statewide, the amount of water contained in...

Judge temporarily blocks California's forced arbitration law

Dec. 30, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new California law outlawing mandatory arbitration agreements that critics say can make it more difficult for workers to sue their bosses for sexual harassment. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller halted enforcement of the law,...

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Gov. Newsom is wrapping up a first year highlighted by the bankruptcy of the country's largest utility, an escalating homelessness crisis and an intensifying feud with the Trump administration, along with record-low unemployment and a booming state economy producing a multi-billion-dollar surplus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California's Gov. Newsom had 'baptism by fire' in 1st year

Dec. 30, 2019 1:11 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy barely three weeks...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a town hall meeting, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Keokuk, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Sanders, Bloomberg test different paths to a California win

Dec. 18, 2019 2:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One is spending millions of dollars flooding the airwaves from Los Angeles to Sacramento, highlighting his tenure as mayor of the nation's largest city and commitment to key Democratic causes. The other has hired 80 staff members to knock on doors, organize volunteers and promote his...

Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures while taking part in an on-stage conversation with former California Gov. Jerry Brown at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. Bloomberg made his first visit to California as a Democratic presidential candidate, appearing earlier with the mayor of Stockton who's championed universal basic income. Bloomberg and Brown talked about America's Pledge, bringing together leaders to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions and delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Bloomberg calls for 'war on poverty' on 1st California trip

Dec. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital. “As president, my job will be to move all Americans ahead, and...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to a question in the spin room after a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

Dec. 4, 2019 7:55 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the Democratic nomination. Instead, she faced headwinds in her home state that would become a microcosm for the...

FILE — In this June 25, 2018 file photo Republican Ling Ling Chang, right, is sworn in to the California Senate by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, as Chang's husband, Andrew Wong looks on in Sacramento, Calif. Chang announced Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, that she will introduce legislation in January to make it a crime to send unwanted nude photos to people online or in text messages. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California lawmaker wants to ban sending unwanted nude pics

Nov. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When she was first elected to the California state Assembly, Ling Ling Chang publicly posted her cellphone number to get feedback from her constituents. It worked, but it came with a dark side effect: unwanted nude photos from strangers. Exposing yourself on the street is a crime,...

FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Chevron oil field west of Bakersfield where a spill of more than 800,000 gallons flowed into a dry creek bed in McKittrick, Calif. Newsom's administration has temporarily banned new oil wells in California if they use an extraction method that is linked to an ongoing oil spill in Kern County. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new oil wells that use high-pressure steam to soften the thick crude underground so it can flow more easily. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...