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California parks director resigns amid scandal; department sat on $54 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The director of California's state parks resigned and a deputy was fired Friday after officials learned the department sat on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years while parks were threatened with closure over budget cuts.

July 20, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers hand out pay raises amid cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than 1,000 employees of the Legislature in the last year, even as they made deep budget cuts and trimmed pay for other state workers. The news comes as Democrats promote a November ballot initiative seeking to temporarily raise income and sales taxes to help ease California's ongoing budget woes.

July 20, 2012 | | State


LA drivers told to prepare for 'Carmageddon II'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Remember "Carmageddon"? Get ready for the sequel.

July 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

3 CHARGED IN OAKLAND SHOOTING THAT KILLED INFANT: OAKLAND (AP) - Three members of an infamous Oakland street gang are facing charges for their alleged roles in a shooting during the filming of rap video that left a toddler dead, authorities said Friday.

July 20, 2012 | | State


Homeless loners run risks as LA stabber lurks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charles Barfield, living on the streets for the past five years, doesn't trust anyone.

July 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Man accidentally shoots self to death at gun range

July 20, 2012 | | State


Travel tax using tracking devices on private vehicles could raise $15M a day

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials are mulling the idea of charging motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region as a way to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.

July 19, 2012 | | State


LA reopens City Hall park trashed by protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trampled during weeks of anti-Wall Street protests, City Hall Park reopened Thursday after a $1 million makeover that left fences in place to block campers.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Service members to march in uniform in gay pride parade for first time ever

CAMP PENDLETON . (AP) - The Defense Department on Thursday announced it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Sexual harassment lawsuit roils Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfied & Byers has been generating buzz for decades, spotting early investment opportunities and making billions with companies like Google and Amazon. This summer, the attention is no different, but the reason for it is.

July 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

POLITENESS POLICY DIES AMID CITY COUNCIL BICKERING: MENIFEE (AP) - A proposed politeness policy that asked the Menifee City Council to remain civil during meetings died after council members spent 15 minutes arguing about the idea.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Feds OK equipment change at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday concluded that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California did not mislead the government about modifications to its troubled steam generators, where unusual damage has been found on scores of tubes that carry radioactive water.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Attorney General Harris endorses illegal immigrant’s bid for California law license

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Garcia completed law school with the help of odd jobs and proceeds from a self-help book. Then he passed the state law exam on the first try.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Murder defendant says she was performing exorcism

July 19, 2012 | | State


Father accused of shooting adult son over karaoke singing

SHINGLETOWN AP) - A Northern California man is accused of shooting his 50-year-old son because he didn't like his country karaoke singing.

July 18, 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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