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Report: Calif. needs to revamp teaching profession

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California needs to overhaul its teaching profession to address a looming shortage of educators as student enrollment is projected to rise, according to a state report released Monday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Republican senators back Democrat in House race in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime House Democrat locked in a close race with another Democrat in California picked up a surprising endorsement Monday: the backing of two Senate Republicans.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Judge refuses to order one-drug executions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge turned down a bid Monday by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Calif. treasurer's wife regains child visitation

SANTA ANA (AP) - The estranged wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer regained visitation rights with her 9-year-old son Monday as she fights methamphetamine possession and child abuse charges filed after police said they found drugs in the home where she was staying.

September 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PARENTS JAILED FOR SHACKLING TEEN TO CHAIR: TWENTYNINE PALMS (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California couple has been jailed for shackling their teenage son to a chair in the living room each night for about six months.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Air quality bureaucrats failed to alert public to hazards quickly enough

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mistakes were made by air quality officials in notifying the public about potentially dangerous pollution created by a huge fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery last month, regulators said Monday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Crews hopeful as conditions improve on fire

UKIAH (AP) - A red-flag warning was lifted Monday as crews hoped improved conditions would slow a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Driver dies in crash after fleeing Stockton police

STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities say a car speeding away from Stockton police crashed into a utility pole, killing the driver and critically injuring the passenger.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Something really stinks in SoCal

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A strong rotten egg smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous scent was coming from the Salton Sea.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students.

September 10, 2012 | | State


‘Red flag warnings of high winds, low humidity for NorCal fire crews

UKIAH (AP) - A change in the weather was making things more difficult for the thousands of firefighters who were struggling to contain a series of wildfires burning across California, fire officials said Sunday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Metrolink victims claim inadequate compensation for long-term health care due to federal regulation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As the fourth anniversary of a deadly Metrolink crash approaches, many survivors say a federal liability cap has left them inadequately compensated.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Woman killed, second hurt in sidewalk crash

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - A Southern California woman was killed, a second woman was hospitalized and a Walnut Creek motorist faces charges after a pickup truck jumped a curb and hit the two women on a Walnut Creek sidewalk, police said.

September 10, 2012 | | State


GOP nominee Ryan extols free enterprise in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan extolled the values of free enterprise and self-determination at a Fresno fundraising dinner Saturday as he swept through California during a western campaign swing.

September 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• FIERY CAR CRASH INTO LA PIZZERIA KILLS 3 PEOPLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into a pizzeria in Los Angeles, killing three people and triggering a blaze.

September 10, 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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