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LA GIRL, 14, DIES AFTER INHALING COMPUTER CLEANER: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-year-old Los Angeles honors student has died after inhaling a computer keyboard dust cleaner, apparently to get high.

March 21, 2013 | | State


Oakland board votes to close 3 top charter schools over alleged fiscal mismanagement

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has narrowly voted to shut down three of California's highest-performing public schools amid allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement.

March 21, 2013 | | State


Panel likely to maintain pay for elected officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The panel that sets salaries for the governor, lawmakers and state elected officials indicated Thursday that it was not inclined to raise pay even if California runs a budget surplus this year.

March 21, 2013 | | State


Watsonville woman reunited with boys snatched in Mexico more than year ago

WATSONVILLE (AP) - A California woman and her two sons are back together after the boys were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico for more than a year.

March 21, 2013 | | State


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SUPSCIOUS DEVICE CLOSES HIGHWAYS: STOCKTON - A suspicious device discovered on the Waterloo Road overpass prompted officials to close the overpass, as well as portions of Highways 99 and 88 in Stockton Thursday morning.

March 21, 2013 | | State


San Jose ordered to disclose electronic messages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by San Jose officials about city affairs are public records.

March 20, 2013 | | State


Proposal: Charge $10 to search court records

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.

March 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

2 SENTENCED FOR COLLECTING PRISONER'S UNEMPLOYMENT

March 20, 2013 | | State


5 of 6 ex-officials guilty in Bell case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials of the small, blue-collar California city of Bell were convicted Wednesday of multiple counts of misappropriating public funds by paying themselves huge salaries while raising taxes on residents.

March 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PAROLEE CHARGED IN BERKELEY DANCE CLUB SHOOTING: BERKELEY . (AP) - A parolee is facing attempted murder, robbery and other charges in a shooting at a crowded Berkeley dance club that left two employees wounded.

March 20, 2013 | | State


Federal charges in Oakland jewelry box heist

OAKLAND (AP) - A parolee is facing federal charges in the theft of a valuable Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California, authorities said.

March 20, 2013 | | State


CHP assistant chief charged for helping son escape following conviction for rape

FRESNO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol assistant chief has been charged with felony accessory and conspiracy in connection with helping his son - a convicted rapist - flee the country to Mexico.

March 20, 2013 | | State


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WINERY LEAVING NAPA TO EXPAND IN LODI: LODI - A big name in wine is choosing to leave Napa and come to Lodi to expand their company.

March 20, 2013 | | State


Moon craft spots Ebb and Flow crash sites

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When NASA's twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow crashed into the moon last year, scientists did not count on seeing the aftermath.

March 19, 2013 | | State


Lawsuit over San Diego Boy Scout leases of city property for $1 a year ends

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A civil rights group is ending a 12-year-old discrimination lawsuit over San Diego's leasing of city property to the Boy Scouts of America.

March 19, 2013 | | State


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Grand jury probes PG&E ties with CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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