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State lawmakers debate how to spend $900M in new revenue from loophole

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California schools are expecting a boost from the $900 million to be raised over the next year through the closure of a corporate tax loophole, but Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a disagreement with state lawmakers over how to hand out that money.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown’s scary curbside art irks LA neighbors; city cites him for ‘signage’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown's neighbors are unhappy with what some are calling frightening art he's chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge base rods can’t be easily inspected

OAKLAND (AP) - More than 400 seismic safety rods that may be vulnerable to cracking or breaking are embedded in the base of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and may be difficult to inspect, remove or replace, according to a newspaper report.

May 12, 2013 | | State


One by one, homes in subdivision sinking

LAKEPORT (AP) - Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Judge denies bid to block Dorner reward payout plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A camp ranger who was carjacked by Christopher Dorner lost a bid Friday to block payout of $1 million in rewards for helping track down the killer as he seeks the money.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Immigrant raid rumor fuels fear in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The rumor spread like wildfire via phone calls, text messages and social media postings and has persisted now for more than three weeks: Immigration agents are rounding up unauthorized workers in Central California farming communities.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Nevada high school choir will back Rolling Stones at concert

LAS VEGAS (AP) - You can't always get what you want. Unless, perhaps, you're a member of the Green Valley High School choir and you want a chance to sing on stage with the Rolling Stones.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Acting Oakland chief replaced after 2 days

OAKLAND (AP) - After only two days in the job, Oakland's acting police chief stepped down on Friday and was replaced by an interim chief as part of a major management shake-up of the beleaguered department.

May 10, 2013 | | State


4 pit bulls blamed for SoCal jogger's killing

PALMDALE (AP) - A pack of dogs remained under quarantine at a Mojave Desert shelter on Friday as investigators tried to determine whether they were involved in a mauling that killed a jogger.

May 10, 2013 | | State


State. moves to comply with 2011 gay history law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education officials have taken the first step toward complying with a law requiring public schools to include prominent gay people and gay rights' milestones in the curriculum.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Bold turkey: woman hits cop in bid to kick smoking habit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Think you've heard of every way possible to quit smoking? Etta Mae Lopez came up with a new one: slap a cop and go to jail, where smoking isn't allowed.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Compton teen convicted in killing mom, stepfather

COMPTON (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors say a 16-year-old from Compton has been convicted of killing her mother and stepfather while she and her boyfriend were planning to hold a Halloween party in the family's mobile home in 2011.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Judge: No auction yet of Kobe Bryant's stuff

LOS ANGELES (AP ) - A federal judge in California has ruled an auction house cannot sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of Kobe Bryant memorabilia offered by the NBA star's mother while courts sort out where the case should be decided.

May 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DRIVER REACHING FOR DRINK HITS WOMAN, 3 CHILDREN: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say an unlicensed driver reaching for a spilled drink ran onto a sidewalk in San Diego and struck a mother and three children.

May 10, 2013 | | State


Deadly America's Cup boat mishap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 72-foot-long Swedish sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the upcoming America's Cup races, leaving double gold medalist Andrew Simpson dead and another injured, authorities said.

May 09, 2013 | | State


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Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

OXNARD (AP) - A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


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