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BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


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ASPCA USES PHOTOS IN FIGHT OVER PUPPY MILLS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease. The pictures were taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past few years and were obtained through a public-records ...

June 26, 2013 | | State


Marine murder conviction overturned

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days Court ruling makes California same-sex unions legal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 26, 2013 | | State


Obama aims to tackle climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

June 25, 2013 | | State


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JUDGE TAKING NO ACTION IN JACKSON GUARDIANSHIP: LOS ANGELES - A judge said Tuesday he will make no changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with attorneys for their caretakers. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized on June 5 for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife. Beckloff ordered an investigator to interview Jackson's children, including Prince and Blanket, and report back to him.

June 25, 2013 | | State


LA plans to slash imported water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The thirsty metropolis of Los Angeles plans to slash its use of imported water and instead spend up to $800 million to create drinking water pulled from one of the nation's largest Superfund pollution sites.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Bill to fix records act change heads to Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would undo previous changes that threatened to reduce access to local government documents.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

June 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BODY FOUND IN TRASH CAN DUMPED IN REMOTE OC AREA: BREA (AP) - Authorities say a driver made a grisly discovery in the Orange County city of Brea - a body in a trash can.

June 24, 2013 | | State


SoCal underground home on block for $53 million

ROLLING HILLS (AP) - A $53 million mansion is up for sale in Southern California. But you can't see much of it unless you're underground.

June 24, 2013 | | State


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2 arrested after video of crimes posted on social media

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Northern California men were arrested after allegedly live-streaming their armed hunt for another man on a popular social media site.

August 31, 2015 | | State


$20 found in SF turns into $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


244 arrested in immigration sting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration agents arrested more than 240 people with criminal records during a four-day sting in Southern California, authorities said Monday in a ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


California doctor faces murder trial in 3 drug deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even after several patients died of overdoses, a California doctor charged in their deaths kept passing out prescriptions for powerful painkillers in ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Lost Sierra hiker survived nine days with broken leg

FRESNO - A 62-year-old hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada with a broken leg endured freezing nighttime temperatures and crawled two ...

August 31, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH | State


Court considers death penalty challenge

PASADENA . (AP) - A federal appeals court considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays focused Monday on procedural issues over whether ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Court considers death penalty challenge

PASADENA . (AP) - A federal appeals court considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays focused Monday on procedural issues over whether ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


A shrug: Cyrus’ bare-breast flash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Janet Jackson exposed a breast on national television a decade ago, and it sparked national outrage. Miley Cyrus' flash barely caused a ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


‘Erroneous Zones’ author, self -help guru Wayne W. Dyer dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wayne W. Dyer, who became the pied piper of the self-help movement with the 1976 publication of his runaway best-seller, "Your Erroneous ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Deaths of 2 rave-goers lead to changes by concert promoter

POMONA (AP) - In the wake of the deaths of two young women who attended a Southern California rave, concert promoter Live Nation has agreed to ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Brown creates new online security center

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the creation of a new security center Monday that will be responsible for strengthening online security to prevent cyber-attacks ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Ex-agent pleads guilty in Silk Road probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of electronic currency during a high-profile investigation into ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


Surfer uninjured after shark bites her board off Morro Bay beach

MORRO BAY (AP) - A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast.

August 30, 2015 | | State


Golf club pays $100,000 over manure incident

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


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