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World’s best big wave surfers compete

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As swells lumbered across the Pacific toward Northern California, nearly two dozen of the world's best big wave surfers went to meet them on Sunday, a half-mile offshore at the famed surfing break known as Mavericks.

January 20, 2013 | | State


“Holy windfall”: Batmobile sells for $4.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Holy windfall, Batman!" The Batmobile just sold for $4.2 million.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MISSING BERKELEY WOMAN, BOYFRIEND FOUND DEAD: MANTON (AP) - A missing Berkeley woman and her boyfriend have been found dead in a rural area in Shasta County.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker expense payments flow over holiday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers adjourned Friday for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers violated law to help Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers violated the state Constitution when they passed a bill that gave Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on the November ballot, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Record number of students apply for admission to nine UC campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California system has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Too soon for state to control inmate care

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - It's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, a federal court overseer said Friday in dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

January 18, 2013 | | State


City must pay $134K for targeting homeless

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A judge has ordered a California central coast city to pay $134,000 for targeting homeless people living or sleeping in vehicles.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


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Storms raise hope in 3-year drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.

November 23, 2014 | | State


1 killed, dozens injured in tour bus crash

REDDING (AP) - A tour bus that had already crashed into a restaurant earlier in the day overturned Sunday in Northern California, killing one person and injuring dozens more, five of them seriously, authorities said.

November 23, 2014 | | State


Window washer falls onto moving car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.

November 21, 2014 | | State


UC campuses expands legal services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California is planning to offer legal services at six campuses to students who are living in the U.S. illegally or have parents who might be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama's new immigration order, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


Death recommended in torching of ex-girlfriend

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for a man who shot his ex-girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her five children in her California home.

November 21, 2014 | | State


$139M deal in sex abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN FACES POSSIBLE JAIL TIME FOR NOT WATERING LAWN: UPLAND (AP) - Fernand Bogman says he's being a responsible citizen by not watering the grass at his San Bernardino County home during California's drought.

November 21, 2014 | | State


Tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.

November 20, 2014 | | State


2 children killed in apartment

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their pregnant mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said.

November 20, 2014 | | State


AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste dumping case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

November 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

November 20, 2014 | | State


PG&E fined over secret dealings to get higher rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff criticizes Obama on immigration move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Insurance sign-ups ahead of 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Brown backs Obama on immigration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."

November 20, 2014 | | State


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