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Sex abuse testimony from other victims barred in San Jose priest assault case

SAN JOSE (AP) - Defense attorneys of a man who says he assaulted a priest for molesting him decades ago suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge barred testimony from other alleged victims of child abuse by the same cleric.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Truck, nearly 20 cars crash in LA

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - A big-rig truck and nearly 20 cars collided Tuesday on a freeway in the mountains north of Los Angeles, leaving at least 17 people injured, including two critically, authorities said.

June 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN TRAPPED IN CAR IN POOL IS BRAIN DEAD: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A San Diego County woman has been declared brain dead after being trapped in a speeding car driven by her boyfriend that plunged into a swimming pool.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Uggie leaves paw prints at famed Grauman's theater; first honor ever for a dog to get honor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every dog has its day - and Monday belonged to Uggie.

June 25, 2012 | | State


High court won't take up San Diego cross dispute

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Supreme Court won't get involved in a fight over whether a 29-foot war memorial cross can remain on public land overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, with justices refusing Monday to review an appeals court ruling that deemed the Mount Soledad cross an unconstitutional mixing of government and religion.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Plan would freeze UC, CSU fees if voters pass tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have come up with a plan to freeze tuition rates at California's public universities if voters approve a tax hike in November, the Senate leader said Monday.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Hawaii OKs Lanai sale to Ellison; deal closes Wed.

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii public utilities agency on Monday approved the transfer of three Lanai utilities to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, clearing the way for his purchase of most of the island to close this week.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Teacher, students arrested in hazing investigation at SoCal summer school

FONTANA (AP) - Police said Monday they have arrested a masonry teacher and four students as they investigate allegations of brutal hazing at a summer school in Southern California.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Man gets death sentence in killing of peace officer

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A convicted felon with a history of violence was sentenced to death Monday for murdering a Riverside policeman with his own gun as the man pleaded for his life.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Judge tosses priest's testimony in assault case as he may be accused of lying on stand

SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge on Monday tossed out a priest's testimony against a man charged with assaulting him after the reverend invoked his right to avoid self-incrimination as it became clear he may be accused of lying on the stand.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WORKERS MISTAKENLY PAINT OVER STUDENT MURAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers have mistakenly painted over a colorful mural weeks after San Francisco middle school students completed the two-year campus beautification project.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Stockton faces end of mediation, weighs bankruptcy

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton, the California city with the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate, is facing a moment of decision on whether to become the biggest city to file for bankruptcy, as a deadline for talks between the city and its creditors approaches late today.

June 25, 2012 | | State


State workers agree to 12 unpaid days of leave as part of budget reductions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest state worker union tentatively agreed to a plan where covered workers will take 12 unpaid days of leave over 12 months starting July 1.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Santa Clara County pulls $30M in 49ers stadium funding; prefer paying teachers

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A California county has surprised both the San Francisco 49ers and city of Santa Clara leaders by pulling $30 million in tax funds from the new 49ers stadium.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Move to limit federal fingerprint program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would pull back California's participation in President Barack Obama's flagship immigration enforcement program is gaining momentum a week after Obama halted the deportation of young illegal immigrants.

June 25, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Suit targets soccer concussions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


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