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State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


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State’s almond acres jumps 1.1% in 2015

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports California's almond acreage increased in 2015.

May 01, 2016 | | State


Ripon-based almond advocacy organization changes vision & name

The Ripon-based Almond Hullers and Processors Association (AHPA) has a new vision and a brand new identity that was unveiled to those attending its' annual ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Judge: Police improperly targeted gays in restroom

LONG BEACH (AP) - A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Uber, blind riders reach legal settlement over service animals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


State convention homecoming of sorts for vp hopeful Fiorina

BURLINGAME (AP) - When Carly Fiorina spoke at the California Republican Party convention at a hotel outside San Francisco airport, it was a brief homecoming of ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


GOP race shifts political fault lines

BURLINGAME (AP) - The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its ...

May 01, 2016 | | State


Federal dollars spent on Twin Tunnels

Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director David G. Murillo has confirmed that federal taxpayers are being billed for Twin tunnels project.

April 30, 2016 | | State


Oculus Rift delays flatten fan fervor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus ...

April 30, 2016 | | State


60,000-pound whale carcass is removed

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - It literally was a whale of a job.

April 30, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers eye $1.3B for housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers called Monday for California to spend $1.3 billion next year to help workers afford housing and to shelter homeless people ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Man gets 17 years in prison for steroid- fueled gym slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A court sentenced a Northern California man to 17 years to life in prison on Monday for beating a fellow gym patron ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


California Assembly approves tobacco- free college campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Monday approved banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses, building on a package of ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Evicted SoCal centenarian gets new home

LA QUINTA (AP) - A 100-year-old woman evicted from her apartment has a new home in the Southern California desert after a newspaper reported on her ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across a great ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


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