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State pension board hikes contributions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees' pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Police: Bizarre 911 calls lead to pot discovery

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a series of bizarre and false emergency calls led them to the discovery of a marijuana garden in a Northern California home.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Post-nuke power grid could cost consumers more

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $2.3 billion proposal to rewire portions of Southern California's transmission grid following the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant could mean higher electricity bills for consumers, the state's power transmission agency said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | State


More California students seek college financial aid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As tuition costs rose over the last six years, a record number of California college students applied for financial aid, according to federal data reported by a newspaper.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Leading groups won’t seek pot legalization in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A coalition of leading drug reform groups has decided against pursuing a ballot initiative this year to legalize the adult use of marijuana in California.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Deaf man sues police over confrontation

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A deaf man who said Hawthorne police roughed him up when he tried to communicate with them through sign language has sued the department, alleging federal civil rights violations.

February 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

uDOGS ATTACK OWNER'S DEAD BODY: CALPELLA (AP) - Northern California authorities stopped two dogs from attacking the dead body of their owner as it lay on the ground in a clearing beside the road.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Major parties lose more ground among voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report says California's two major political parties are losing ground as more voters decline to state a party preference.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Achdiocese to settle priest abuse cases for $13M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Judges may alter liability in liquor cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's highest court is considering a case that could crack a legal shield that has long protected party hosts in the state from most alcohol-related lawsuits, a newspaper reported Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Mom wants memorial to daughter saved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach mother wants the city to permit a memorial to her daughter, who was stabbed to death in 2012, to remain on public property.

February 17, 2014 | | State


SF police search for downtown gunman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Monday they hope video from nearby surveillance cameras will help in their search for a gunman who shot another man outside a crowded mall in downtown San Francisco.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Two CHP officers die in crash

KINGSBURG (AP) - The California Highway Patrol was mourning the loss of two officers Monday after their squad car flipped over while responding to a multi-vehicle crash.

February 17, 2014 | | State


“Green Acres” actress Mary Grace Canfield dies

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Call to reform wrker-run pension boards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation's largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

February 16, 2014 | | State


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Lawmakers face hundreds of bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

April 20, 2014 | | State


San Francisco probe leading to FBI entrapment claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Del Taco customer account hit with $4,050 Del Taco bill

SANTA PAULA (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff seeks video footage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are asking residents and business owners to provide video-surveillance footage to law enforcement investigators.

April 20, 2014 | | State


1 dead after boat strikes bridge

BRENTWOOD (AP) - Authorities say a man participating in a fishing competition was killed after a boat he was riding in struck a bridge on a Northern California river.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Treasure Island mold worries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A growing number of residents and workers on Treasure Island are complaining about mold in aging buildings on the former Navy base in San Francisco Bay.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Rec areas reopening after Yosemite fire

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - National forest managers are opening recreation areas that have been closed since a massive wildfire scorched areas in and around Yosemite National Park last summer.

April 20, 2014 | | State


California farmers to get more water

FRESNO (AP) - Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.

April 18, 2014 | | State


More Latino than white students admitted to UC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More Latino than white students in California have been offered admission to the state's premier public universities for the first time, officials said Friday, a milestone that reflects the diverse racial makeup of a state where Latino children represent a majority of students in public schools.

April 18, 2014 | | State


Educator denies sex crimes in YouTube posting of phone call with alleged victim

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A judge on Friday refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against an educator who was confronted with the allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube.

April 18, 2014 | | State


REALIGNMENT’S FINANCIAL STRAIN

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.

April 18, 2014 | | State


Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

ORLAND (AP) - Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

April 18, 2014 | | State


Girl, 3, killed in Highway 99 crash

STOCKTON (AP) - A 3-year-old girl was killed Friday after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover crash on Highway 99 in Stockton, authorities said.

April 18, 2014 | | State


1.4 million Californians sign up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


1 dead, 1 injured in San Francisco boating accident

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What was intended to be a fun night of sailing turned deadly as one person was killed and another seriously injured when their sailboat collided with a channel marker buoy in the San Francisco Bay, authorities said Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


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