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STUNT DRIVERS CLOSE OAKLAND FREEWAY: OAKLAND . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is trying to locate a group of drivers who briefly shut down part of a San Francisco Bay area freeway while they performed stunts in the middle of the road.

January 28, 2013 | | State


He had funeral his way at Burger King

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse - and the rest of the procession - to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Feinstein: Uphill battle for gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who's leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation's largest gun-rights group.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

SANTA ANA (AP) - When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson - he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Ex critic now heads California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says it's time for the federal courts to end their oversight of medical care and other operations within the California prison system, and he's named a somewhat surprising ally to help him make the case.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Fire agency hid $3.6 million from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An investigation has found that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hid $3.6 million in collected legal settlements rather than depositing the money into the state's general fund as required.

January 27, 2013 | | State


State hasn't bought land for bullet train route

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction of California's high-speed rail network is set to start in July, but the state still has not purchased any land along the route.

January 27, 2013 | | State


San Mateo County collects 680 guns in buyback effort

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nearly 700 guns are off the streets of San Mateo County and in the hands of law enforcement officials after the latest in a series of what authorities across the San Francisco Bay area have been describing as successful gun buyback programs, officials said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Fisherman rescued after stuck in mud

PETALUMA (AP) - A fisherman is OK after his boat became stranded in a marsh when the tide started going out and he became stuck in mud when he tried to walk ashore, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | State


State agency takes months to review teacher sexual misconduct charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Months after the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing was notified of a Los Angeles Unified elementary school teacher suspected of molesting at least a dozen students and a principal who failed to report him to authorities, the agency has not taken action on the cases.

January 25, 2013 | | State


SF taking steps to prevent violence tied to Super Bowl; 400 cops on duty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Fresno's 2nd largest hospital lays off 75 workers

FRESNO (AP) - The second-largest hospital in Fresno plans to lay off 75 workers in response to what hospital administrators described as continued economic hurdles, a dwindling number of patients and lower government reimbursements.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Secret hearings in Chandra Levy slaying

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

January 25, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

NAKED WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING CAR INTO FIANCE : PHELAN (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a naked woman has been arrested after allegedly driving her car into her fiance.

January 25, 2013 | | State


SF restaurants probed over pocketing health care surcharge on customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of San Francisco restaurants are under investigation for exploiting a new city program by keeping customer surcharges instead of spending them on employee health care, city attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Direct state funding of individual schools?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Tuesday proposed scrapping California's complex education code, sending state money directly to individual schools rather than their districts, and offering state-funded scholarships to certain college students in exchange for a share of their future earnings.

April 22, 2014 | | State


California foreclosure starts rise

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter, a research firm said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | State


Jet stowaway undetected for hours before San Jose departure

SAN JOSE (AP) - A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation.

April 22, 2014 | | State


LA workers uncover ‘Mother Ditch’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction workers digging for a new development near downtown Los Angeles uncovered a brick pipe that further excavation revealed to be a stretch of the city's centuries-old original water system.

April 22, 2014 | | State


Ocean Beach fires may be limited

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Park Service wants to snuff out fires a little earlier on San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

April 22, 2014 | | State


Clovis debating bikini baristas, racy menus

CLOVIS (AP) - Officials in a Central California city have agreed to review the business license of a coffee shop that features baristas in bikinis.

April 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAY AREA MAN RESCUES BOY FROM MARINA WATERS: SAN LEANDRO AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a boy from the waters of a marina.

April 21, 2014 | | State


PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Construction may snarl Sacramento traffic flow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Repairs starting today at the convergence of three major freeways in Northern California could cause massive traffic delays for vehicles passing through the state capital.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Bill bans smoking at all times in home day cares

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering "third-hand smoke" and has been adopted by 12 other states.

April 21, 2014 | | State


12 arrested at SF 4/20 party

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested, most of them facing possible felony charges, during an annual, unsanctioned 4/20 marijuana celebration in San Francisco, police said Monday.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Free Apple recycling of all used products

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Board considers easing diesel rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Rock climber hurt in Yosemite fall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a rock climber at Yosemite National Park had to be rescued by helicopter after falling 30 feet and suffering major injuries.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Stowaway teen forces review of security

SAN JOSE (AP) - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

April 21, 2014 | | State


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