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Late painter's girlfriend agrees to pay $11K rent

SAN JOSE. (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend is agreeing to pay $11,000 a month to rent the San Francisco Bay area mansion where she had lived with the late artist, but his paintings and possessions remain the focus of a bitter estate fight.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Cancer overtakes heart disease among Hispanics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Filipinos win settlement in English-only case

DELANO (AP) - Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California will share a nearly $1 million settlement in a lawsuit claiming they were targeted by a rule requiring English only at work, federal officials said Monday.

September 17, 2012 | | State


San Francisco officials to vote on public power option from renewable sources

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials on Tuesday are set to decide whether to fund an energy plan that will give city residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.

September 17, 2012 | | State


200,000 illegal immigrants may ask Los Angeles Unified for school records

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of illegal immigrants have inundated the nation's second-largest school district with requests for copies of records that might qualify them for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the district said Monday.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Coptic Christians, Muslims denounce film, violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Coptic Christian and Muslim leaders on Monday denounced an anti-Islamic movie that has sparked violence in the Middle East, as the filmmaker and his family left their suburban home and went into hiding.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Occupy SF celebrates first year with march, rally

September 17, 2012 | | State


Young illegals may get driver’s licenses

FRESNO (AP) - When 17-year-old Alondra Esquivel needs to get from her rural central California home to classes at Fresno State University 20 miles away, she must rely on rides from her relatives or her boyfriend.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown says he is ready for austerity of voters don’t approve new taxes Nov. 6

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is prepared to live frugally if voters don't pass his tax increase proposal in November, and as evidence said he recently ate a two-day-old tuna sandwich for lunch.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Charter schools balk at California’s new pre-kindergarten requirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California law requires public schools to add a grade level this fall designed to give the very youngest students a boost when they enroll in kindergarten, but charter schools say the law does not apply to them, pitting them against the state Department of Education.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Anti-tax group says Cal State letter is illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A letter being sent to California State University applicants that details the effect on university finances if an upcoming ballot measure fails is illegal, an anti-tax group said.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Scouts failed to report sex abuse suspects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

September 17, 2012 | | State


Caltrain operator tested positive for drugs

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Caltrain is overhauling some of its safety procedures and has placed two engineers on leave after a recent incident that forced passengers legally crossing the tracks to leap out of the way of a speeding commuter train.

September 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• CALIF. HIGH SCHOOLER CHOSEN FOR ELECTORAL COLLEGE: SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A 18-year-old Los Angeles County high school senior has been selected as a member of the nation's Electoral College.

September 17, 2012 | | State


California anti-union initiative gets $4M boost

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proponents of an initiative that would severely restrict unions from collecting dues on paychecks for political activity are reporting a contribution of more than $4 million from a conservative action group.

September 15, 2012 | | State


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State mandates low-water lawns on renovated, new homes & buildings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Federal agencies defend response to SoCal oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Competency trial for 2012 mass shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.

May 29, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | State


Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


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