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ANALYST: CALIF. HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN STILL VAGUE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday that the latest plan to build a $68.4 billion high-speed rail system linking Northern and Southern California still relies on highly speculative financing, and it urged the state Legislature to reject funding until more details are ironed out.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Bill to regulate pot shops clears 1st hurdle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A bill aimed at bringing order to California's medical marijuana economy cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday as pot advocates and law enforcement groups lined up for another clash over the drug.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Jump in out-of-state student admissions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The percentage of non-Californians admitted to University of California campuses next fall has spiked dramatically, officials reported Tuesday, meaning more tuition for the financially troubled system but anxiety for residents who worry they are being squeezed out of the prestigious schools.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Illegal prison cellphones being disabled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A private company that owns the pay phones in California's prisons will pay millions of dollars to install technology that prevents inmates from using smuggled cell phones to make their calls instead.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Stanislaus deputy Tasers, fatally shoots man

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy who was responding to reports of a family dispute.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Report: Widespread seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Folsom residents find escaped inmate in truck bed

FOLSOM (AP) - Folsom police have arrested an escaped prisoner after residents found the inmate hiding in the bed of their pickup truck.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Man confronts neighbor about peeing in bushes

HEMET (AP) - Police say a Hemet man had to dodge bullets after confronting a neighbor for peeing in the bushes outside an apartment complex.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Vice principal taken off campus over gay flap

FULLERTON (AP) - An assistant principal at a Southern California high school has been temporarily removed from campus while district officials assess his pulling a gay student offstage for saying he hoped he could someday marry the love of his life.

April 17, 2012 | | State


California farmers, residents to get more water

FRESNO (AP) - Water agencies that supply millions of California residents and farmers will be getting more water this year, thanks to a wet spring and high reservoir storage.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Cal State faculty starts voting on strike move to fight for 1 percent pay hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some 24,000 California State University employees on Monday started a two-weeklong vote on whether to authorize their union to declare a strike after 22 months of negotiations failed to yield a new contract.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Chief justice, attorneys seek more court funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Supreme Court chief justice, the president of the state bar and the two attorneys who are challenging California's ban on gay marriage warned Monday that state budget cuts to the court system are making justice inaccessible for average people.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Panetta costs taxpayers $32,000 every time he flies home to California home

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his California home, but says it's important "just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight."

April 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

7 INDICTED IN TOY FIRM'S ALLEGED DRUG MONEY SCHEME: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people were arrested Monday in a money laundering scheme that allegedly funneled millions of dollars in Colombian and Mexican drug money through an American toy company, federal officials said.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Judge releases Sacramento teen who was locked up after she says she was raped

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered the release of a 17-year-old girl who had been placed in juvenile hall last month because prosecutors feared she would flee rather than testify at the upcoming trial of a suspected rapist.

April 16, 2012 | | State


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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


Father arrested in stabbing of son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles man found covered in blood and screaming has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 6-year-old son.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Man arrested in fast-growing wildfire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Republicans push diverse candidates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November's election. The question heading into this weekend's state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

September 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego judge denies license scan info request

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has tentatively denied a technology entrepreneur's request for license plate data collected on his vehicle from police scanners.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook CEO wants students learning tech

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.

September 18, 2014 | | State


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