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OAKLAND POLICE CHIEF STEPPING DOWN: OAKLAND (AP) - The chief of Oakland's embattled police department said Wednesday that he is stepping down due to medical reasons.

May 08, 2013 | | State


BLM postpones oil, gas lease auctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal land managers have postponed all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing as well as the toll of environmental litigation.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TESTS ON BAY BRIDGE BOLTS SO FAR SHOW NO FAILURE: OAKLAND AP) - After dozens of seismic safety bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge broke, tests on remaining bolts have so far shown no sign of failure.

May 07, 2013 | | State


San Jose to pay $150k for use of phony lab report

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California city is expected Tuesday to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man accused of rape who was the subject of a phony lab report prepared by police.

May 07, 2013 | | State


SF Airport won't be renamed Harvey Milk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker said Tuesday that he has abandoned a proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk and instead plans to pursue getting an airport terminal named in Milk's honor.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Brown: Public still confident in Bay Bridge

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he believes the public still has confidence in the safety of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge despite concerns about construction of the $6.4 billion span that is scheduled to open later this year.

May 07, 2013 | | State


209 News

MINN. HIKER FOUND DEAD AT CLIFF BOTTOM IN YOSEMITE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff, authorities said.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two privacy rights groups questioning law enforcement's use of automated license plate readers asked a judge Monday to order the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide more details on how they use the technology.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown mystified at continuing prison legal case; faces possible contempt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Court: Cities can ban medical pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to have the state regulate the industry.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

May 06, 2013 | | State


Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Truckee River flows peak, 3rd lowest in four decades

TRUCKEE (AP) - Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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Fire scares Los Angeles as larger blazes burn across West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brush fire that broke out Sunday near downtown Los Angeles threatened a densely populated, hilly neighborhood along a freeway as sizzling ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Small plane crashes BART train tracks

HAYWARD (AP) - A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and disrupting train service.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Fire burns 6 buildings, displaces 40 people in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fire that burned six buildings and displaced 40 people on the edge of San Francisco's Mission District has been contained.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Business group sues to block Islamic center in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA (AP) - A business owners association has sued to block an Islamic group from opening a center at an Orange County business park near ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Homeless man charged in fire deaths is illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man charged with setting a fire that killed five people at a vacant Los Angeles building was in the country ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


UC Merced expanding

MERCED (AP) - The University of California's youngest, smallest and most ethnically diverse campus reached a milestone in its journey to becoming a major feature ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Open-legislature ballot measure hits a nerve

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers would be stripped of their ability to make last-minute changes to bills and all public hearings would be videotaped under a ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Elimination of contentious welfare policy?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor of California has given in to liberal lawmakers who want to repeal a welfare policy that critics call racist, ineffective and ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


High-speed rail lawsuit delays cost $63 million, add 17 months

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another $63 million was added Tuesday to the cost of California's high-speed rail project and the completion date for the first 29-mile ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Democrats advance 12 gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats on a California legislative panel voted Tuesday to advance a dozen proposed gun control measures, including one that requires people to turn ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor bumps Stanford sex assault judge from new case

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A Northern California judge at the center of a recall campaign after his handling of a Stanford University sexual assault case was ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Apple makes Siri smarter, adds software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Armed man headed to gay pride parade wasn’t allowed to have guns

LOS ANGELES. (AP) - An Indiana man arrested in California over the weekend with three assault rifles had been ordered by a judge in April to ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Performing pilot whale, Bubbles, dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the park reported.

June 12, 2016 | | State


POLICE NEVER GAVE UP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California mother was reunited Thursday with her abducted son, laying eyes on him and wrapping her arms around him for the ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


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