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• 27 indicted in Mexican Mafia gang extortion case: VENTURA (AP) - More than two dozen people have been charged in connection with case where the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang controlled the street drug activities of local gangs through extortion, authorities said Tuesday.

November 28, 2012 | | State


Judge rejects most Crystal Cathedral court claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.

November 28, 2012 | | State


SF seeking $1.2 million for costs in Stow beating

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers to cover the unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

November 27, 2012 | | State


NorCal community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain 1 more seat in state Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has won an open seat in the state Senate, expanding the Democrats' supermajority, while election officials announced that a special election runoff will be needed for another Senate seat.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors seek 8 years for campaign treasurer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended an eight-year sentence for a California campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to defrauding at least $7 million from Democratic politicians.

November 27, 2012 | | State


FBI: Reward helped capture fugitive in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday.

November 27, 2012 | | State


College launches research institute devoted to pot

ARCATA (AP) - A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Merced County to shore up jail dorms after attack

MERCED (AP) - Steps are being taken to reinforce a dorm cell at a correctional facility in Merced after jail officials say inmates forced open the door to attack members of a rival gang.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Robbers flee after shootout in jewelry store

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police are looking for two would-be robbers who were involved in a shootout when they tried to hold up a jewelry store.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Bid to get LA pension measure on ballot dropped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Organizers have dropped a bid to get a Los Angeles pension reform measure on the May ballot.

November 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• SF deputy pleads not guilty to robbing bank: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco sheriff's deputy accused of robbing a bank has pleaded not guilty.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Seats of long-serving California Democrats a coveted prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to politics, the state synonymous with perpetual youth has gone gray at the top.

November 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 42 people facing charges after San Jose party: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say 42 people are facing charges after a weekend party in San Jose got out of hand.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Independent candidates sparse despite voter gains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Even as California voters increasingly turn away from political party labels, Democratic and Republican candidates dominate the state's elections.

November 25, 2012 | | State


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Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LIMITING DAILY USE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State


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