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SoCal mortuary buries wrong woman

INGLEWOOD (AP) - Evan Davidson lived with his wife for 51 years. But when he told morticians that the woman in the open casket wasn't Darlene Davidson, they politely told him he was mistaken.

March 12, 2013 | | State


Surfers sue landowner who blocked access to beach along Sam Mateo coast

SAN MATEO (AP) - A group of surfers sued on Tuesday to regain public access to a popular Northern California beach where people held picnics and rode waves for decades before a new landowner closed the only road into the site.

March 12, 2013 | | State


Ex-teacher accused of tying up toddler

PLEASANTON (AP) - Police are investigating allegations that a teacher at a Northern California preschool tied up a 2-year-old girl for refusing to take a nap and later showed the photos to other teachers.

March 12, 2013 | | State


Be careful what you 'like' on Facebook as it can reveal more than you want

LONDON (AP) - Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga.

March 11, 2013 | | State


Class project leads to minimum wage jump

SAN JOSE (AP) - If anyone deserves an A+ this week it's Marisela Castro, a daughter of farmworkers who turned her Social Action class project at San Jose State University into a campaign to increase the local minimum wage.

March 11, 2013 | | State


Chief justice urges reinvestment in courts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's top judge urged lawmakers on Monday to ensure equal access to justice by reinvesting in a court system that has been hit with years of budget cuts.

March 11, 2013 | | State


Financial info on celebs leaked online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities and celebrities were grappling Monday with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars such as Jay-Z and Mel Gibson.

March 11, 2013 | | State


Modest quake shakes wide area of SoCal

INDIAN WELLS (AP) - A modest earthquake left Southern California with the jitters Monday but no serious damage as the temblor caused swaying and rolling from the desert to the coast, sending children scrambling under their desks and office workers running for the door.

March 11, 2013 | | State


Many left behind as Silicon Valley rebounds

SAN JOSE (AP) - On a morning the stock market was sailing to a record high and a chilly storm was blowing into Silicon Valley, Wendy Carle stuck her head out of the tent she calls home to find city workers duct taping an eviction notice to her flimsy, flapping shelter walls.

March 10, 2013 | | State


California farms face labor shortage as farmworkers age; less migrant workers

SELMA (AP) - California's $44 billion agricultural industry faces a worsening labor shortage as farmworkers age, more return home to Mexico and fewer new migrants arrive to replace them.

March 10, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers skirt contribution limits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are circumventing campaign finance limits through "ballot measure" committees that set no caps on the amount donors can contribute, according to a report.

March 10, 2013 | | State


Animal park reopens after fatal lion attack

DUNLAP (AP) - A California animal sanctuary where an African lion killed a 24-year-old intern reopened to the public Sunday with the support of the victim's family.

March 10, 2013 | | State


Gay rights activists protest at mall

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Gay rights activists are protesting a Northern California mall where a same-sex couple says they were ejected for kissing.

March 10, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• PARACHUTIST CRASHES IN ACAMPO VINEYARD: ACAMPO – A parachutist had to be taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after crashing into a vineyard, Woodbridge Fire officials say.

March 10, 2013 | | State


Seeking more disclosure, oversight of fracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The growing concern over hydraulic fracturing, the technology that has led to an oil and gas boom in many parts of the country, has caught the attention of California lawmakers as companies seek to expand production in the San Joaquin Valley oil fields.

March 10, 2013 | | State


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Google offers electric shuttle buses for pilot Mountain View program

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is proposing to fund four electric shuttles that will provide free transportation to residents of Mountain View, where the technology giant is headquartered, a newspaper reported.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Former LA councilman may receive 6 years for lying about where he lived

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of perjury and voting fraud for living outside the district he was elected to represent.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Obama: Republicans bamboozle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite.

July 23, 2014 | | State


California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say Wednesday if he plans to appeal a Los Angeles judge's closely watched decision to strike down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit tests racial policy at state prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

July 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

BAY AREA POSTAL INSPECTOR INDICTED IN THEFT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Brown: Illegal kids a humanitarian issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Cal State will cut enrollment growth in half

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall - from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students - after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Mom accused of leaving kids in car to visit casino

LIVERMORE (AP) - A mother accused of leaving her young children in a car while she gambled at a Livermore casino is facing child endangerment charges.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


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