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INTERNAL REPORT: CPUC SAFETY CULTURE IS LAX: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A consultant's confidential report on the California Public Utilities Commission makes sharp criticisms of its executive director and finds the agency's safety culture severely lacking.

April 16, 2013 | | State


Pro athletes fight limits on workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized proposed legislation that would restrict players from collecting workers' compensation benefits in California.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Attorney general seeks drug database funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that would provide funding for California's substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Baseball hits boy, stops heart during game

ROHNERT PARK (AP) - A Northern California family is hailing a set of parents as heroes for helping to save the life of their son after he was hit in the chest during a youth baseball game, causing his heart to stop.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State activates threat review system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California safety officials on Monday activated a statewide threat assessment system in response to explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Health law expands treatment for addicts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of drug and alcohol addicts eligible for health insurance that will cover substance abuse treatment will rise by 1.5 times when federal health care reforms kick in next year.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Man killed by explosive called eccentric

COSTA MESA (AP) - A man who was killed when a homemade explosive blew up at his home was an eccentric who bicycled around his neighborhood dispensing anti-government conspiracy pamphlets, neighbors said Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY (AP) - Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to ban plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups are supporting a bill that would ban California grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies from handing out single-use plastic bags.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting gun permit to individual by excluding companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly approved a bill Monday that would allow only individuals, and not companies, to obtain permits to own assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

SAN JOSE (AP) - The family of a teen who hanged herself after being sexually assaulted and then shamed by a humiliating photo of her body circulating school is suing the three teen suspects in custody, claiming the boys removed her shorts and attacked her while she was unconscious.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Girl saw details online of sex assault

SARATOGA (AP) - A 15-year-old California girl who was sexually abused while passed-out drunk at a party hanged herself after discovering an intimate photo of her circulating online, a lawyer for her family said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Brown chooses private donors to pay for cost of China trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown likes to portray his administration as frugal when it comes to spending taxpayers' money. So he has taken the same approach as his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in paying for his trade mission to China - asking business interests and political donors to foot the bill.

April 12, 2013 | | State


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House wades into water war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Rowdy protests, no violence this time outside Trump rally

ANAHEIM (AP) - A day after violent protesters outside a Donald Trump rally threw burning items at police and toppled barricades, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Demand plummeting for California pollution credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed ...

May 26, 2016 | | State


Johnny Depp’s wife files for divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnny Depp's wife has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage.

May 26, 2016 | | State


Makeov for food nutrition labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new look is coming to Nutrition Facts labels on food packages, with more attention to calorie counts and added sugars. And no ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


San Francisco divided by race

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First, police fatally shot two minority suspects carrying knives. Then transcripts surfaced showing officers using racial slurs in text messages. Finally, a ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Analyst says Brown is wrong about budget deficit projection

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's nonpartisan legislative analyst said Friday that he expects budget surpluses in each of the next four fiscal years, rejecting Gov. Jerry ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Trump, Sanders, Clinton storm into Golden State

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will crisscross California in coming days, with the state's crucial primary election ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


Wind-driven grass fire burns 2 homes

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Authorities say a wind-driven grass fire has burned two homes and prompted authorities to evacuate the residents of another 10 homes in a ...

May 21, 2016 | | State


WORLD HISTORY CHALLENGE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How do you teach the history of the world in California schools, where nearly two-thirds of students are Latino or Asian, many ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


Feds give high speed rail more time

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal transportation authorities have signed an updated grant agreement with California reflecting the delayed timeline for building the state's $64 billion high-speed ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


State prisons still giving poor care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A scathing inspector general's report released Wednesday finds medical care remains "markedly inadequate" at a Northern California state prison, as more than ...

May 19, 2016 | | State


Revamped SF Modern Art museum reopens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The revamped San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened Saturday with a marching band, jumbo red balloons and red confetti raining down ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


How to help principals do a better job? Train bosses

OAKLAND (AP) - It's rare for school district big-wigs to spend time in a classroom. But Oakland is one of a growing number of districts ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


Angry bees kill two dogs, sting people

CONCORD (AP) - A California neighborhood overtaken by a swarm of aggressive bees suspected of killing two dogs and stinging several people is considerably safer after ...

May 15, 2016 | | State


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