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Defibrillators not required in California stores

(AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

California unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent

(AP) — State officials say California's unemployment rate is continuing its steady decline, hitting 7.6 percent in May.

Governor signs $108 billion California budget

(AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

(AP) — Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are canceling a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains.

Berkeley pursues gas-pump warning labels

Berkeley is moving forward with plans to place global warming warning stickers on gasoline pumps in the city.(AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

Report says Apple smartwatch to come this fall

(AP) — A published report says Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data.

Covered California board reform heads to governor

(AP) — A bill headed to the governor would broaden the qualifications for board members overseeing Covered California, the state health insurance exchange.

California board awards $29 million in tax credits

(AP) — A newly created state board has awarded nearly $29 million in tax credits for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.

New push to get girls into computer sciences 


In this photo taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014, teacher assistant Margarita Sokolova, second from left, helps Giuliana Zautta, 17, of Menlo Park, Calif., during a Girls Who Code class at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)(AP) — Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world.

Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts 


 (AP) — New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.