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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. California voters will be able to change their party affiliation and update their address at polling stations under a new law approved in time for the March 3 Democratic primary. The change was particularly sought as it will allow the state's 5.6 million independent voters to register with a party by filling out one form on election day. Democratic presidential campaigns hope the law will boost the number of registered Democrats and participation in their primary. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California voters can switch party status on election day

Feb. 13, 2020 8:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will be able to change their party affiliation and update their address at polling stations on election day under a new law approved in time for the March 3 Democratic primary. The change was particularly sought as it will allow the state’s 5.6 million...

File - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, center, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, talk with Freda Childs, left, who has been homeless off and on for the past 10 years, outside San Diego City Hall during the annual point-in-time homeless count. Some lawmakers and mayors expressed skepticism over California Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to give $750 million to state-selected regional administrators to address the state's growing homelessness crisis. Assembly budget chair Phil Ting said at a hearing Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, that he needs more specifics about the governor's plan to create what Ting calls another layer of bureaucracy. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, File)

California lawmakers question governor's homeless plan

Feb. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some lawmakers and mayors expressed skepticism Thursday over California Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to give $750 million to state-selected regional administrators rather than to local government to address the state's growing homelessness crisis, signaling the Democrat may have a...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, a condemned inmate walks along the east block of death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. More than 700 condemned inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row will soon have a chance to voluntary transfer from San Quentin to other high security prisons under a program required by the passage of a 2016 ballot initiative. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California to move some condemned inmates off death row

Feb. 13, 2020 1:10 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 700 condemned inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row soon will have a chance to transfer to one of eight state prisons, a move a former district attorney termed “a slap to the face" of victims. The voluntary transfers from San Quentin State...

Rape kit test backlog cleared in Santa Clara County

Feb. 12, 2020 3:07 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area county has cleared its backlog of rape test kits and expedited the time that it takes to process them, officials said. The 269 untested sexual assault evidence kits — collected from victims, suspects or both following a reported crime — that...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. A report issued by the state's Legislative Analyst Office, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, said Newsom's recently released 2020-2021 state budget

Legislative analyst criticizes California's homeless plan

Feb. 11, 2020 8:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal likely won't have a meaningful impact on the nation's largest homeless population, according to a new analysis from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Newsom's proposal “falls short of articulating a clear...

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...

Parole recommended for California triple killer

Feb. 5, 2020 9:17 PM EST

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man convicted of robbing and killing three people in 1987 when he was 16 years old was recommended for parole on Wednesday, prosecutors said. A two-member panel made the recommendation for Anthony King at a hearing held at the state prison in Corcoran, the Yolo...