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HOSPITAL FINED $50K FOR LEAVING TOWEL IN PATIENT: FRESNO (AP) - California regulators have fined a Fresno hospital $50,000 for leaving a towel in a patient who had abdominal surgery.

August 31, 2012 | | State


Assembly passes workers' compensation changes to eliminate fraudulent claims

Assembly passes workers' compensation changes to eliminate fraudulent claims

August 31, 2012 | | State


Investigators: Sick cows not slaughtered for food

HANFORD (AP) - Federal investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said Friday that there is no evidence that sick animals entered the food supply.

August 31, 2012 | | State


California to seek sales tax from online retailers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will hire dozens of specialists to enforce a new law requiring Internet merchants to collect state sales tax - an effort that could bring in more than $300 million a year for the cash-strapped state.

August 31, 2012 | | State


Students' English, math scores improving

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California students posted gains in English and math proficiency for the ninth straight year, but the so-called achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers remains a persistent gulf, state education officials said Friday.

August 31, 2012 | | State


Bill urges more illegal workers to pay taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved legislation Friday that would allow illegal immigrants to voluntarily join a program and pay state income taxes in exchange for leniency in their immigration status.

August 31, 2012 | | State


82-year-old burglar out of prison, arrested again

TORRANCE (AP) - An 82-year-old Southern California career thief is out of prison and allegedly back to her old tricks.

August 31, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CREWS PROGRESSING ON 2 NORCAL WILDFIRES: REDDING (AP) - Officials say firefighters are making steady progress battling two wildfires in Northern California that have been burning for nearly two weeks.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Flu shot bill lacks penalty for health workers

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Health care workers who don't get a flu shot wouldn't have to wear a mask under an amended bill that state lawmakers sent to the governor on Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Court mistakenly posts secret PG&E suit settlement of $2.6M for burned teen

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. agreed to pay more than $2 million to a teenager burned in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes, according to secret settlement documents mistakenly posted by a California court.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Woman, 2 kids slain; bloody suspect wounded

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A young woman and her two small children were fatally stabbed in their home Thursday, and a suspect was wounded by police who were called to a freeway bridge where a blood-covered motorist was holding a knife, authorities said.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite Update

YOSEMITE (AP) - Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections to six, state health officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Armed robber'sslim booty: $2

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite shuts 90 plus cabins at center of deadly rodent probe

YOSEMITE (AP) - More than 90 cabins in Yosemite National Park are closed indefinitely after the site was found to be at the center of a mouse-borne virus that has been blamed for the deaths of two people, officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Crash involving driver, 100, rekindles age debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Wyard is 92 and sees no reason to surrender his car keys, not to mention the freedom they give him to get up and go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants.

August 30, 2012 | | State


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California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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