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Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State


CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


$1 million reward for tip on ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Controversial coyote hunt under way

ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

February 10, 2013 | | State


School health clinics expand to serve communities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bill would require 3-day wait before lawmakers act

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area leaders consider merging region

SAN JOSE (AP) - Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders.

February 08, 2013 | | State


New state flame retardant regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California proposed regulations on Friday that would set new flammability standards and allow furniture and some children's product manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.

February 08, 2013 | | State


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Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


California awards $250M for career prep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.

May 27, 2015 | | State


US high court: California county drug disposal law stands

OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.

May 27, 2015 | | State


Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death

POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.

May 27, 2015 | | State


SoCal triplets all accepted to MIT

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

May 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.

May 27, 2015 | | State


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