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Quake backup power probed at ailing San Onofre nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that might have temporarily cut off the plant's emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR ORDERS AUDIT OF SPECIALTY PLATE PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered an audit of California's specialty license plate program after a review by The Associated Press found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Legislation would allow sports wagering at California card rooms, race tracks, casinos

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would be in a position to allow sports betting at race tracks, card rooms and casinos under a bill approved by the state Senate.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State 9/11 fund raided for deficits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

May 29, 2012 | | State


Measure would protect workplace religious freedom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Oakland police, ATF nab 90 suspects, 100 guns in operation

OAKLAND (AP) - Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that nearly 100 guns and dozens of violent criminals have been taken off the streets of Oakland as part of an ongoing multiagency crackdown involving undercover federal and local officers.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUSTIN BIEBER WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN SCUFFLE: CALABASAS (AP) - Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley entrepreneur lived at AOL office complex for more than two months

PALO ALTO (AP) - Some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs are known for their humble beginnings. Internet startup founder Eric Simons is following that tradition.

May 28, 2012 | | State


UCLA faculty votes on privatizing business school to break free of state funding ebbs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal that would privatize the University of California Los Angeles' business school but allow it to remain affiliated with the state university is moving ahead.

May 28, 2012 | | State


List of US national parks with highest smog levels

FRESNO (AP) - Sequoia National Park, home to the giant redwoods, suffers the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. Here are the parks in the National Park Service system with the highest smog levels and the number of days monitors recorded violations last year:

May 28, 2012 | | State


Sequoia smog damaging pines, redwood seedlings

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural heartland to the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers work together to keep state parks open amid budget woes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have a hard time agreeing on most budget matters, but the effort to keep state parks open is encouraging rare bipartisan deal-making.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Newspaper finds apparent Bay Bridge work defects; Caltrans not worried

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper reported Sunday that it has found records of an apparent defect in the construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Final voyage: USS Iowa on way to SoCal home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A famed battleship that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage.

May 28, 2012 | | State


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Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta; no one is hurt

MT. SHASTA (AP) - The largest mudslide on Northern California's Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California's prolonged drought, experts said Sunday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


4TH YEAR OF DROUGHT LIKELY

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Some wells run dry amid drought

EAST PORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to unify GOP in aftermath of convention

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari made the most of a low-profile Sunday morning speaking slot at the party's state convention, delivering a spirited defense of a party he said cares most about poor people and minorities but has failed to convey its message.

September 21, 2014 | | State


32 structures destroyed in Sierra

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly three-dozen structures were destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday.

September 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CITY CITES DROUGHT, SINKS LA WATER SLIDE PROPOSAL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have pulled the plug on plans to temporarily transform a downtown street into a giant water slide because of drought.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Record amount of retardant used on fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts - more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.

September 19, 2014 | | State


UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California Board of Regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of chancellors in the system by as much as 20 percent, part of an effort regents say is aimed at bringing the salaries in line with their counterparts.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Feds OK immigrant license words

SANTA ANA (AP) - Federal officials have approved new wording on a proposed California driver's license for immigrants who are living in the country illegally, ending months of debate over what the card should say.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate stays at 7.4%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate was unchanged for a third month, holding at 7.4 percent in August, officials said Friday.

September 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FELLOW GYM-GOER: SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - A man has been arrested after police say he repeatedly struck another man with a steel weightlifting bar at a San Francisco Bay Area gym, killing him.

September 19, 2014 | | State


California GOP focuses on diversity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically.

September 19, 2014 | | State


LICENSE PLATE SCANNERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

LONG BEACH (AP) - A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

September 18, 2014 | | State


California health exchange addresses dropped policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of California's health exchange said Thursday that the state is trying to improve notifications to consumers whose policies are shifted from private insurance to Medi-Cal during income checks and eligibility updates.

September 18, 2014 | | State


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