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San Francisco sues to block college sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney took legal action Thursday to stop the agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western U.S. from revoking the accreditation of the city's community college, a sanction likely to force California's largest school to close.

August 22, 2013 | | State


Wells Fargo to lay off 2,300 mortgage workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo is laying off workers from its mortgage unit, the latest sign that the mortgage refinancing boom has cooled.

August 22, 2013 | | State


Wildfire surges to 84 square miles

BUCK MEADOWS (AP) - A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park more than tripled in size Thursday, shutting down businesses in surrounding communities and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

YOSEMITE SMOKE FUELS AIR QUALITY ALERT IN RENO: RENO, Nev. (AP) - Heavy smoke from a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has triggered an air quality alert in Reno and surrounding areas more than 150 miles away.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRAVELERS TOLD TO MAKE TIME FOR CLOSED BAY BRIDGE: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials are warning travelers to find alternate routes around the San Francisco Bay Area next week through Labor Day weekend while workers ready the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Judges: PG&E improperly declared two pipelines safe near San Bruno explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could be fined for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading filings to minimize the problem, state utilities regulators said.

August 21, 2013 | | State


School gunman had 500 bullets

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - A man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with police at an Atlanta-area school didn't seem to have any friends and rarely talked about his family or past during the months he lived with a couple who serve as pastors at a small church.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Panel passes bill on sex abuse lawsuits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some victims of childhood sexual abuse would have one more year to file civil lawsuits against private or nonprofit organizations that employed their alleged abusers under a bill that passed a key legislative committee Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | State


17th woman tells of harassment by mayor

August 21, 2013 | | State


17th woman tells of harassment by mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego businesswoman stepped forward on Wednesday to say the leader of the nation's eighth largest city had made unwanted sexual advances toward her, the latest woman to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Suspect's family wants DNA test on Hannah Anderson

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The family of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother and younger brother wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children, a spokesman said Wednesday, a suggestion that was quickly rebutted by the victims' family.

August 21, 2013 | | State


DHM pre-surgical admitting clerk lauded for her patient concerns

Estrella Rodriguez is a "people person" who has been handling surgical admissions at Doctors Hospital's front desk for the past eight years.

August 21, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | State


State news briefs

PERRIS MAN HELD FOR DATING WEBSITE HOLDUPS: PERRIS (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing men he lured through a dating website.

August 20, 2013 | | State


Prison reforms costing LAPD $18M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The transfer of California state prisoners to county jails has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to pull dozens of officers from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts, according to a new report.

August 20, 2013 | | State


Poll: Many Calif. voters in dark on 'Obamacare'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment for President Barack Obama's health care reforms kicks off in October, but many Californians have only a glancing familiarity with details of the plan, which is intended to bring coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, according to a poll released Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 | | State


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Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem ...

February 12, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | State


Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that ...

February 12, 2016 | | State


WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA (AP) - Where did El Nino go?

February 12, 2016 | | State


Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

February 12, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison ...

February 12, 2016 | | State


With FBI ring tightening, last occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


Mexico prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


PROMISES MADE TO VOTERS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


Massive gas leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

PACIFICA (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


Environmentalists sue over cattle at Point Reyes seashore

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


White worker gets $3.8M in racial bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials have agreed to pay nearly $3.8 million to a former city parks worker who accused a supervisor of ...

February 11, 2016 | | State


Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that ...

February 10, 2016 | | State


Panel denies parole RFK’s assassin

SAN DIEGO (AP) - For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another ...

February 10, 2016 | | State


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