| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:05 PM
SAN FRANCISCO Joe Cotchett, the attorney representing San Jose, saved his best pitch for last. Standing at the courtroom podium, he waved a baseball autographed by Joe DiMaggio and an infielder's glove toward the bench.
"What this really is about,"...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday strongly defended the approach and legitimacy of an Obama administration power plant rule that Republicans attacked as regulatory overreach and Democrats said was vital.
In a hearing...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park.
A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park's boundaries. They...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:28 PM
Congress, after a temporary detour, approved a stopgap plan Thursday to fund transportation projects through next May, sending the measure to President Obama.
Acting in the final days of its session before lawmakers break for a five-week summer recess,...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 5:30 PM
Congressional legislators in California and several other states took aim at campus sexual assault Wednesday, introducing two bills that would require universities and colleges to provide more support and training to combat the problem.
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:17 PM
More than 200 mothers and their children marched to dozens of Senate offices Wednesday, carrying handwritten signs and calling for members of Congress to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed anti-pollution rules, which seek to...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Recently, two girls, aged 14 and 15, were gang-raped in the poverty-stricken Uttar Pradesh state of India. They were later found dead, hanging from the branches of a mango tree. In Pakistan late last month, family members of a pregnant woman beat her to...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 6:22 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may be running for governor someday. So his first mayoral visit to Sacramento last week was intriguing.
Yes, of course, it's way too early to speculate about who will succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, a virtual cinch to win a...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:52 PM
The biggest worry weighing on the nation's food industry may not be drought in the West, farmworker shortages or turbulent international trade negotiations, but a change in the regulatory code in Vermont.
Under a law signed this month, the tiny New...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Congress started July - its last full working month before the November election - with a full plate. But it may not have the appetite to handle it all.
At the top of lawmakers' to-do list is passing at least temporary funding for the Highway Trust...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 11:07 PM
WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators.
A survey of nine electronic-cigarette...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 12:38 PM
In a "Winter of Love" event at the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrated the 10th anniversary of his having flouted state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.