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Transit worker fired after giving discarded passes to needy teen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Transit worker Jim Stanek thought he was doing a good deed when he gave a needy teenager $300 in discarded train passes. But he said the decision led to his firing.

May 02, 2012 | | State


DMV workers charged in bribery scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five California Department of Motor Vehicles employees were charged in what federal prosecutors said Wednesday was a scheme that produced hundreds of fraudulent driver licenses for bribes of up to $3,000 each.

May 02, 2012 | | State


Stinging gas sends May Day protesters fleeing in Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - Thousands of protesters in New York demanded an end to income inequality and housing foreclosures. Police fired tear gas to disperse marchers in Oakland. And black-clad demonstrators smashed windows in Seattle and occupied a building owned by the Catholic archdiocese in San Francisco.

May 02, 2012 | | State


USDA: Offspring of mad cow did not have disease

FRESNO (AP) - Investigators looking into California's first case of mad cow disease say they have tracked down at least one of her offspring in another state.

May 02, 2012 | | State


Student left in cell 4 days recalls hallucinations says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A college student picked up in a drug sweep in California was never arrested, never charged and should have been released. Instead he was forgotten in a holding cell for four days and says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive.

May 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Teen charged in celeb car theft had huge weapons cache

May 02, 2012 | | State


Stinging gas sends May Day protesters fleeing

OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police.

May 01, 2012 | | State


California population adds 250,000 to near 37.7M, but growth is slow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California added about 250,000 residents last year, bringing the total population to just under 37.7 million as the state continues with modest growth amid a weak economy, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Finance.

May 01, 2012 | | State


California college leaders press for more taxpayer funding from state legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leaders of California's three higher education systems warned Tuesday that more budget cuts will hurt the state's economic recovery.

May 01, 2012 | | State


Judge scolds prosecutors for dismissing gay juror

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has dismissed an entire jury panel after prosecutors dismissed a gay man as a potential juror in a same-sex marriage case.

May 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

1 DEAD, 2 WOUNDED IN MODESTO SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) - One person was fatally shot and two others wounded in a daytime shooting at a south Modesto home on Tuesday, and police said it appears at least one assault rifle was used.

May 01, 2012 | | State


‘Feds cite issues behind massive Southwest blackout that impacted millions in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Federal energy regulators on Tuesday blamed inadequate planning and lack of grid coordination for a massive blackout last year that started with the loss of a single transmission line at an Arizona substation and quickly affected millions of people in Southern California and Mexico's Baja California.

May 01, 2012 | | State


Court monitor: Oakland police reforms stagnating

OAKLAND (AP) - Progress on reforms has stalled at the Oakland Police Department, according to a federal monitor who also said the agency failed to properly prepare for last year's Occupy protests.

May 01, 2012 | | State


Toddler killed by stray bullet in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Bakersfield police are searching for suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old girl, who was struck by a stray bullet from a nearby argument.

May 01, 2012 | | State


S&P worried about possible budget gimmicks in upcoming state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A credit rating agency on Tuesday warned that California could return to budget gimmicks this summer, in part because a court has removed an incentive for lawmakers to pass a spending plan that is truly balanced.

May 01, 2012 | | State


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TRANSIENT WITH TB SOUGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

July 24, 2014 | | State


California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Man shot burglar who said she was pregnant

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Google offers electric shuttle buses for pilot Mountain View program

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is proposing to fund four electric shuttles that will provide free transportation to residents of Mountain View, where the technology giant is headquartered, a newspaper reported.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Former LA councilman may receive 6 years for lying about where he lived

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of perjury and voting fraud for living outside the district he was elected to represent.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Obama: Republicans bamboozle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite.

July 23, 2014 | | State


California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say Wednesday if he plans to appeal a Los Angeles judge's closely watched decision to strike down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit tests racial policy at state prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

July 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

BAY AREA POSTAL INSPECTOR INDICTED IN THEFT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Brown: Illegal kids a humanitarian issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Cal State will cut enrollment growth in half

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall - from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students - after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Mom accused of leaving kids in car to visit casino

LIVERMORE (AP) - A mother accused of leaving her young children in a car while she gambled at a Livermore casino is facing child endangerment charges.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


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