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GRAND JURY SAYS RIDERS DUMPED BEFORE DESTINATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco grand jury says Bay Area train and bus riders are too often dumped before reaching their destinations.

August 10, 2012 | | State


Anti-Semitism report sparks free speech fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students and faculty are criticizing a report to fight anti-Semitism that recommends the schools consider bans on hate speech and campus sponsorship of protests against Israel.

August 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN ARRESTED FOR MESSAGE ON CHICK-FIL-A : TORRANCE (AP) - A 30-year-old man has been arrested for investigation of vandalism after police say he scrawled "tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in a Los Angeles suburb.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Brown dismisses Romney's comment comparing state’s economy with Europe

TORRANCE . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ought to rethink his comments about California after comparing the state to struggling European nations.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Researchers find surprises in Lake Tahoe data

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - (AP) - An annual report released Thursday detailing the status of Lake Tahoe's health and clarity has researchers rethinking some long-held assumptions and focusing on trends that may be linked to climate change.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Sonora fire sweeps Sierra destroys 2 homes

SONORA (AP) - More than 200 firefighters are battling a grass and woodland fire in the central Sierra foothills that has already destroyed two homes.

August 09, 2012 | | State


NASA rover sends back colorful picture of Mars

PASADENA (AP) - The photo-snapping rover Curiosity returned another postcard from Mars on Thursday - the first 360-degree color panorama of Gale Crater.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Gas prices rise to near average $4 a gallon

RICHMOND (AP) - A fire at one of the nation's largest oil refineries helped push West Coast gas prices close to $4 a gallon Thursday, as the same federal team that investigated the Gulf Coast spill waited to inspect the unit that was knocked out by the blaze.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Cleaner cars helping reduce LA pollution

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles area still has some of the nation's dirtiest air, but a study released Thursday concluded cars are belching far fewer pollution-causing fumes.

August 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MODESTO HOMEOWNER SHOOTS AND KILLS MARIJUANA BURGLAR: MODESTO (AP) - Investigators say a homeowner has shot and killed a burglar who broke into his Modesto indoor marijuana garden.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Chevron refinery fire highlights pollution concerns; one of state’s 10 worst emitters

RICHMOND (AP) - A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

August 08, 2012 | | State


California official replaced after killing Idaho mountain lion

FRESNO (AP) - The California Fish and Game Commission removed its president on Wednesday, months after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers order audit of state parks funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks department will be subject to an independent audit to examine how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.

August 08, 2012 | | State


New call for conservation as Southern Cal bakes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Critics blast state retirement plan for private workers that could cost billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers testified Wednesday that California taxpayers cannot afford to take on the potential for billions of dollars in new liabilities at a time when the state's public pension systems already are facing massive shortfalls.

August 08, 2012 | | State


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State senators get ethics training

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature's image.

April 23, 2014 | | State


2 ex-deputies accused of planting guns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary, resulting in the arrest of a man who was sentenced to six months in jail, authorities announced Wednesday.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Traveling through time on Google maps

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.

April 23, 2014 | | State


California bill reignites fight on affirmative action

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives.

April 23, 2014 | | State


East Bay to tap Sacramento River water for 1st time

OAKLAND (AP) - To cope with drought conditions, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Teen stowaway missed Africa, had no clue he was going to Maui

SAN JOSE (AP) - Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials said Wednesday.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Santa Cruz imposes mandatory water rationing

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Santa Cruz is imposing water rationing for residential customers in an effort to reduce consumption by 25 percent because of California's drought.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Images released of SF Bay shipwreck

SAN FRANC ISCO (AP) - The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Body found at home tented for fumigation

WESTMINSTER (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead at an Orange County home that was tented for fumigation did not live there.

April 23, 2014 | | State


Inmate stabbed at Stanislaus County jail

MODESTO (AP) - Three murder suspects are facing additional charges after authorities say they stabbed a fellow inmate at a Central California jail.

April 23, 2014 | | 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


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