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FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA'S FOIE GRAS BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire smoke makes SJ Valley air unhealthy

GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday and some small communities in the mountainous area were no longer under evacuation advisories, but smoke descending down into San Joaquin Valley cities was becoming a problem.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Support staff must back charter school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

OAKLAND (AP) - A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Embezzler was hired by high-speed rail agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority - and she said nobody asked about her background.

August 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

SAN JOSE\ (AP) - Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

August 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY CARS ON S. CAL FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who jumped, fell or was pushed from a car on a Southern California freeway was killed when several other cars hit her Thursday morning, and investigators were treating her death as a homicide, police said.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Fewer schools meet performance targets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Traffic sluggish after Bay Bridge closes for fixes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Sutter County DA faces scrutiny in fire, escort affair

YUBA CITY (AP) - The veteran district attorney in a largely rural Northern California county is caught in a story fit for the tabloids, with the 65-year-old grandfather and former Rotary Club president being investigated in a fire that gutted the home of a former escort with whom he had an affair.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Prep football player dies at scrimmage

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A high school football player has died after collapsing on the field during a game.

August 29, 2013 | | State


$1B plan to give LA students iPads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Grass fire destroys 5 homes,10 damaged

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Residents are trying to pick up the pieces a day after a grass fire tore through a Northern California neighborhood, destroying five homes and damaging 10 others.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Briefs

FAMILY NO LONGER SEEKS KIDNAPPED CALIF. TEEN'S DNA: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing the teen's mother and younger brother said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


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Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Helicopter rescues teens on SF Bay area cliff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol helicopter plucked two teenagers clinging to the side of a San Francisco Bay Area cliff in a dramatic rescue captured on video.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Police: 4 arrested in killing of USC student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a Chinese student who attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles police said Monday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Governor Brown takes dig at Texas guard plan for border with Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."

July 28, 2014 | | State


Groups seek probe into pepper spray use in juvenile detention

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California civil rights organizations filed a complaint Monday with the Justice Department asking for a federal investigation into the use of pepper spray in San Diego County's juvenile detention facilities.

July 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA CAREER COLLEGES CLOSE ABRUPTLY: SAN JOSE (AP) - A company that operated five health care career colleges in California has abruptly closed its campuses 10 days after filing for bankruptcy.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


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