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Brown mystified at continuing prison legal case; faces possible contempt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Court: Cities can ban medical pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to have the state regulate the industry.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

May 06, 2013 | | State


Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Truckee River flows peak, 3rd lowest in four decades

TRUCKEE (AP) - Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.

May 06, 2013 | | State


If you buy over Internet you’re probably a tax cheat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Central Coast rancher wins right to help homeless after court fight

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A Central Coast rancher and local hero to the homeless vowed to finally to build the Sunny Acres sober living facility after more than a decade in court and conflicts.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set; youngest member now 65 years old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• 2 DEAD, 5 HURT AFTER VAN CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 99: FRESNO (AP) - Two men died and five others were hospitalized with injuries early Saturday after a van carrying farmworkers overturned on a Fresno highway, authorities said.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown, Demos in Medicaid expansion tiff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Divers search reservoirs for murder clues

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Divers are searching two reservoirs and detectives are knocking on doors in Calaveras County as the investigation continues into the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fourth abalone diver dies in NorCal waters

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A diver died Saturday in the quest for abalone that has claimed three other lives in the waters off Northern California the past week.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cellphone thefts accounts for half of all SF robberies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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PG&E releases thousands of emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tens of thousands of newly released emails Friday show a former executive for the state' largest power utility routinely wining, dining and hammering out behind-the-scenes agreements on utility projects with state utility regulators.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Man meets donors whose blood saved him after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.

January 30, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census?

DETROIT (AP) - The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Fitness email stirs controversy at college

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

January 29, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


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