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COUNCIL RELEASES PLAN TO RESTORE RIVER DELTA: FRESNO (AP) - A state-sponsored advisory council has released a long-range plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide a more reliable water supply to farms and cities.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Possible generator tampering found at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Gay change therapy ban for minors in California faces its first legal test

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test Friday as lawyers for those who support "reparative therapy" asked a federal judge to block the ban.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Official 'embarrassed' by expense errors

November 30, 2012 | | State


Big storm bears down on California

HAPPY CAMP (AP) - A big storm bearing down on California has triggered flood warnings in Siskiyou County as heavy rain falls on the far north end of the state.

November 30, 2012 | | State


State to join Powerball frenzy next year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians may have missed out on this week's record-setting Powerball lottery drawing, but they will be able to buy tickets to the multistate game starting next spring, after the California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to add it to the state's roster of games.

November 30, 2012 | | State


LA judge dismisses suit over park Nativity scenes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group's lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Talks to resume in LA-Long Beach harbors strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators for employers and union workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors will resume talks following a third day of a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex, both sides confirmed Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Feds deny oyster farm lease renewal in NorCal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Report: Half of charity donations lost to overhead

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A report released Thursday reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.

November 29, 2012 | | State


San Diego approves pact for desalinated water

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Animal control officer killed in eviction

GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.

November 29, 2012 | | State


State audit faults LA Unified’s abuse reporting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Another Yoda statue, Calif. Star Wars fans may get

SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.

November 29, 2012 | | State


Study contends Grand Canyon as old as dinosaur era

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.

November 29, 2012 | | State


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Guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

LANCASTER (AP) - A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Bills passed to deter wrongful convictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills Friday designed to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Air drops on California wildfire get going early

HAPPY CAMP (AP) - Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Groundwater regulations headed to Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" policy.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Schools chief to appeal teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's schools chief said Friday that he will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Pot grower stole reservation water

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Slice of Princess Di’s wedding cake fetches $1,375

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

August 29, 2014 | | State


Teacher reprimanded for tweets

NEWARK (AP) - A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

August 29, 2014 | | State


SHAKY FACTS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

August 28, 2014 | | State


California nearing ban on plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 28, 2014 | | State


California extends review of $25B twin tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More planning is needed on a $25 billion proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California, state officials said this week.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Vice principal carried gun onto campus

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police say they arrested the vice principal of a Central California school suspected of bringing a gun onto the junior high campus where he works.

August 28, 2014 | | State


2 counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Death Valley’s moving rocks mystery

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (AP) - For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Google pursues package-delivering drones

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

August 28, 2014 | | State


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