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Calif. allows complete voter registration online

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California elections officials hope to make signing up to vote easier than ever through an online registration system that launched Wednesday.

September 19, 2012 | | State


Law bans predatory ADA lawsuits against businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new law will protect California businesses, especially small-business owners, from frivolous lawsuits filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

September 19, 2012 | | State


11 wounded in prison riot

FOLSOM (AP) - A riot Wednesday at a California prison holding many of the state's most hardened criminals left 11 inmates hospitalized, including one who was shot by correctional officers.

September 19, 2012 | | State


More top universities offer free cyber courses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seventeen leading universities in the U.S. and abroad will start offering free cyber courses through the online education platform Coursera, the company said Wednesday.

September 19, 2012 | | State


Feds approve first leg of high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Federal Railroad Administration gave its approval Wednesday for construction on the first phase of California's high-speed rail system, clearing the final technical hurdle for construction to start next year on a 65-mile span from Merced to Fresno.

September 19, 2012 | | State


Poll finds slim margin for Brown tax initiative on November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Only about half of likely California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative to temporarily raise sales and income taxes, presenting a significant challenge as he seeks to win over a reluctant public before the November election, according to a poll released Wednesday.

September 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEPIUTY SPRAYED IN FACE WITH BEAR REPELLENT: VICTORVILLE (AP) - An Arizona man is in jail for spraying a sheriff's deputy in the face with bear repellent during a Southern California desert traffic stop.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Governor signs workers' compensation fixes to reduce costs, increase benefits

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday intended to reduce workers' compensation costs for California businesses while increasing benefits to people injured on the job.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Berkeley to consider declaring Bisexual Pride Day; would be first in nation to do so

BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley could become the nation's first city to officially proclaim Bisexual Pride Day and accommodate a group that often complains of exclusion from gay rights celebrations.

September 18, 2012 | | State


CSU OKs plan to raise tuition if tax fails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California State University panel on Tuesday approved a plan to raise tuition by 5 percent next year if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and trigger a $250 million funding cut to the 23-campus system.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Groups lend a hand to teachers with classroom pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For many children, their first pet is a virtual one.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Homebuilder confidence surges to 6-year high

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Man arrested for ESPN post on killing kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man accused of posting comments on ESPN's website saying he was watching kids and wouldn't mind killing them was in jail Tuesday on $1 million bail after he was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, authorities said.

September 18, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FBI says monitoring Occupy protests within rules

September 18, 2012 | | State


San Diego dog walker kills attacking pit bull with knife

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say a man walking his dog on the streets of San Diego stabbed a pit bull to death after the animal attacked him.

September 18, 2012 | | State


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Brown signs $1B water plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Chances of being locked up vary widely across state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

March 27, 2015 | | State


‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man

BERKELEY (AP) - A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.

March 27, 2015 | | State


4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage

COALINGA (AP) - A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

March 27, 2015 | | State


San Francisco inmates forced to fight?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Internet outages reveal gaps in infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

March 27, 2015 | | State


SolarCity says it will hire 300 new employees in sales

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Yellen: A rate increase possible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

March 27, 2015 | | State


ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

March 26, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

March 26, 2015 | | State


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