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Donation by Arizona nonprofit called 'money laundering' by watchdog agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Arizona nonprofit disclosed Monday that two conservative groups were behind its $11 million campaign contribution to a California organization fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, but the revelation shed little light on who provided the money since those groups don't have to report their contributors.

November 05, 2012 | | State


Voters deciding if porn actors must wear condoms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sex stars are rallying against passage of a ballot measure that would require condoms in pornographic films.

November 05, 2012 | | State


Dramatic rescue saves 7 off of NorCal coast

PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Five people clinging to an overturned boat were plucked from frigid water and two children were freed from the craft after the its hull was cut open during a dramatic rescue along the Northern California coast that ended with only one minor injury, authorities said.

November 05, 2012 | | State


Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue.

November 05, 2012 | | State


Principal guilty of failing to report abuse

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California jury on Monday convicted a former San Jose principal of failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a child by a teacher.

November 05, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF school district loses $160K due to Giants parade

November 05, 2012 | | State


Union workers strike at Raley's supermarket over wage freeze, elimination of premium pay

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - Union workers at Raley's supermarket chain, which operates more than 100 stores in California and Nevada, went on strike Sunday after last-ditch efforts to reach a new contract failed.

November 04, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ARIZ. GROUP ORDERED TO TURN OVER DONATION RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court has ordered an Arizona group to turn over documents related to an $11 million contribution to two California campaigns last month.

November 04, 2012 | | State


Doctors debate value of 'fringe' heart treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A heart disease treatment that many doctors consider to be fringe medicine unexpectedly showed some promise in a federal study clouded by ethical and scientific controversy, causing debate about the results.

November 04, 2012 | | State


Nurses picket in 2nd day of Santa Rosa strike

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Nurses at Sonoma County's Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital walked picket lines on Sunday in the second day of a planned three-day strike protesting wage offers and other issues.

November 04, 2012 | | State


As $6 billion tax initiative teeters on Tuesday ballot, Brown makes final pitch

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking everyone from cafeteria workers to venture capitalists for help in pushing his struggling $6 billion tax increase across the finish line.

November 04, 2012 | | State


Apple paid only 1.9 percent US tax on earnings of $36.8 billion

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple Inc. paid an income tax rate of only 1.9 percent on its earnings outside the U.S. in its latest fiscal year, a regulatory filing by the company shows.

November 04, 2012 | | State


Ballot filled with competitive races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tuesday's general election will be a super-charged affair compared to California's sleepy primary in June, when less than a third of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot.

November 04, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

RIVERSIDE DOG'S DEATH PROBED, WATER HOSE SUSPECTED: LAKELAND VILLAGE (AP) - Riverside County authorities are investigating the death of a pregnant pet dog that reportedly died after a water hose was stuffed in its mouth by a neighbor.

November 02, 2012 | | State


GOP registration dips below 30 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Two health initiatives on ballots top $100 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Silicon startup unveils gun tech for cops

WATSONVILLE (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.

October 24, 2014 | | State


SF officer admits thefts from suspects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Suspect arrested in death of deputies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Jury: Free castrated sex offender who preyed on young girl victims

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Triple shooting was murder-suicide

LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons to take new balance after riots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Firm fined for underpaying workers

FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Steinbeck heirs fight over movie rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

October 22, 2014 | | State


1000 plus SF inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Study looks at lane splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.

October 22, 2014 | | State


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