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California snacking 'Safeway Bear' shot and killed

Oct. 16, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A black bear that was caught on video snacking on food in stores near Lake Tahoe was shot and killed over the summer when it refused to leave a California campsite, authorities said. The black bear dubbed the “Safeway Bear" was shot in early...

California union leader booked on tax, embezzlement charges

Oct. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former executive director of California’s largest labor union was booked into jail Friday after she and her husband had their first court appearance on charges including tax fraud, embezzlement, perjury and failure to pay unemployment insurance taxes. ...

Employee death at California winery under investigation

Oct. 14, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — State workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Northern California winery who was found unresponsive near a fermentation tank, authorities said Thursday. Salvador Plaza-Centeno, 61, of Windsor, died Tuesday while...

From condiments to condoms: new California laws bring change

Oct. 14, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom spent the summer campaigning to keep his job and, with a landslide victory in hand, he's continued pushing progressive California further left. In the four weeks after beating back a recall attempt, the Democrat...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

Judge blocks vaccination mandate for California prisons

Oct. 13, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of...

California union leader charged with tax fraud, embezzlement

Oct. 13, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The top staff member at California's largest labor union has resigned after she and her husband were charged with felonies including tax fraud. Alma Hernandez served as executive director for SEIU California since 2016. The union represents...

California prosecutor joins suit against 'ghost gun' sellers

Oct. 13, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta is joining a lawsuit targeting three online sellers of “ghost guns,” the untraceable firearms made from build-it-yourself kits that he said can be assembled in minutes and are increasingly being used in violent crimes. ...

California bullet train's latest woe: Will it be high speed?

Oct. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new and fundamental debate has emerged in the battle over California's high-speed rail project that could again significantly downgrade the troubled effort: Should the trains even be high speed when the system launches? That's a conversation...