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Telepresence robots let employees ‘beam’ into work, move around office

PALO ALTO (AP) - Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Pot farm boom slams NorCal environment

EUREKA (AP) - From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California's wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Report finds violations at UC Davis Medical Center in Sac

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center - conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility - found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Storms set up Sierra resorts for busy holiday week for skiing

TRUCKEE (AP) - A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season.

December 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• SOCAL COUPLE UNLAWFULLY WEDDED FOR 48 YEARS: REDLANDS (AP) - After spending nearly a half-century as husband and wife, Bob and Norma Clark are finally married.

December 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

IRON BUTTERFLY BASSIST LEE DORMAN DIES AT AGE 70: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Court blocks law banning gay therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

December 21, 2012 | | State


San Bernardino presses for bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - California's giant pension fund is among creditors opposing San Bernardino's bid on Friday to convince a judge that the debt-ridden city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

December 21, 2012 | | State


5 feet of snow possible in Sierra

TRUCKEE. (AP) - The most powerful winter storm of the season is expected to bring as much as 5 feet of snow to the top of the Sierra through Sunday.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Police stop 2 high school shooting plots

ALTURAS (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after investigators said they found evidence he was planning a shooting at his high school in Northern California.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHEVRON MOVING 800 CALIFORNIA JOBS TO TEXAS

December 21, 2012 | | State


New air quality rules may further restrict home fires

FRESNO (AP) - Rules to help clean air in the San Joaquin Valley would cut down fireplace use earlier than initially proposed.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Former Marine guarding Hughson School lies about his service record

HUGHSON (AP) - A former Marine applauded for voluntarily guarding a central California elementary school apparently misrepresented his service history, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


PG&E customers footing part of pipe safety cost

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday unanimously approved a two-year Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rate increase of $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Carjacking suspect says he strangled grandmother

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother now faces murder and elder abuse charges.

December 20, 2012 | | State


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CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) - The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students - increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

January 27, 2015 | | State


State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) - A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

January 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

January 26, 2015 | | State


State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state employee arrested on suspicion of bringing a loaded gun to the California secretary of state's office had been reprimanded for sending unsolicited messages to female co-workers, according to documents obtained Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Hollywood Sign seekers disrupting nearby neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar - the people they see on TV and in the movies.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Agreement made on key issue in port dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN AT DISNEYLAND GROWS TO 87 CASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Gunman wounds worker at mental clinic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Union says Kaiser nurses bless 3-year contract deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


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