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• PLANE, COPTER COLLIDE NEAR RIO VISTA: RIO VISTA (AP) - Officials say a small plane and a helicopter landed safely after making contact in the air in the Sacramento Delta with both pilots sustaining slight injuries injuries.

February 19, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers switch days to collect payments; picket $65,000 on Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Both houses of the Legislature met for less than an hour Friday, offering eulogies to departed constituents, introducing guests and commemorating Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Chinese leader Xi, Biden promote trade in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began the last day of his U.S. visit Friday by urging closer ties and arguing that Americans benefit from their trade relationship with China.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

District didn't notify state of teacher dismissal

February 17, 2012 | | State


SoCal congressional race heats up over acceptance of PG&E campaign money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Southern California congressman is invoking the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion in his bitter primary fight with another incumbent, saying it was wrong for his opponent to accept help from a political action committee that took money from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

UC DAVIS CHANCELLOR FACES FACULTY CONFIDENCE VOTE:DAVIS (AP) - The chancellor of the University of California, Davis faces a faculty vote Friday on her ability to lead the campus following the widely condemned pepper-spraying of student protesters.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State gangs a force in Central American prisons

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The deadliest prison blaze in a century has drawn attention to an unfortunate U.S. export to Central America: street gangs.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Federal agent opened fire during job discussion about job assignment before being shot to death

LONG BEACH . (AP) - It had all the ingredients of workplace violence: a manager, an angry employee, a discussion about job performance and at least one gun.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Westbound Bay Bridge set for weekend closure

February 17, 2012 | | State


California winemakers eye Chinese market

NAPA (AP) - California winemakers think the days of rice wine in China are waning as vintners find success marketing high-end cabernets to a new generation of upscale consumers.

February 16, 2012 | | State


California home sales steady in January but prices drop 4.1% from December

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buyers snapping up cheap homes propped up California home sales last month, taking advantage of foreclosures and slumping prices in a weak market, a real estate tracking firm reported Thursday.

February 16, 2012 | | State


UC Davis pays $1.35M to settle Title IX case

DAVIS (AP) - The University of California, Davis has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to attorneys representing three women who had filed gender discrimination claims because the campus did not offer a women's wrestling team, officials said Thursday.

February 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEAD WOMAN MISSING MOST OF HER FACE: CERES, (AP) - There's a mystery surrounding the discovery of a dead California woman missing three-quarters of her face: Was it gnawed by animals or cut off by an attacker?

February 16, 2012 | | State


Obama slams the 1 percent while cultivating same 1 percent for money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama is preaching an economic message aimed at the 99 percent and raising campaign cash among the 1 percent, walking an election year tight rope complicated by the need for hundreds of millions of dollars at a time of high unemployment.

February 16, 2012 | | State


AG to review findings on SF foreclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that her office was reviewing a new report that found most residential mortgages in foreclosure in San Francisco are missing documents or signatures or otherwise violate the law.

February 16, 2012 | | State


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Wildfire burns 100 homes in Weed

WEED (AP) - A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Friday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Teen charged as accessory in deadly bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of moving what had been an intended getaway car two days after a deadly Northern California bank robbery, police said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


SoCal swelters in heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California roasted in triple-digit temperatures Monday and forecasters predicted potentially record-setting heat for at least another day - along with extreme fire danger for baking hillsides.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Voters support legal path for immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. without proper documents, despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, a new poll shows.

September 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SHEET METAL REFLECTION CAUSE OF CALIFORNIA FIRE : CORONA (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden, fire officials said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


State Sen. Wright resigns after sentencing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Emails show PG&E, CPUC collusion?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Meters raise change for homeless

PASADENA (AP) - The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change.

September 14, 2014 | | State


‘Pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat during state drought

YUBA CITY (AP) - For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.

September 14, 2014 | | State


$1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA (AP) - As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Rising inequity in income slows state tax growth

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Oakland deck collapse injures 9

OAKLAND (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed, authorities said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Hundreds evacuate from 3 California wildfires

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Cabbies cry foul over body odor test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Wildfire erupts in Southern California forest

SANTA ANA (AP) - Flames chewed through brush in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest and sent up a huge column of smoke Friday, but authorities did not order evacuations and said no homes were immediately threatened by the blaze.

September 12, 2014 | | State


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