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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


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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


If you buy over Internet you’re probably a tax cheat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Central Coast rancher wins right to help homeless after court fight

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A Central Coast rancher and local hero to the homeless vowed to finally to build the Sunny Acres sober living facility after more than a decade in court and conflicts.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set; youngest member now 65 years old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• 2 DEAD, 5 HURT AFTER VAN CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 99: FRESNO (AP) - Two men died and five others were hospitalized with injuries early Saturday after a van carrying farmworkers overturned on a Fresno highway, authorities said.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown, Demos in Medicaid expansion tiff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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3.7-magnitude quake in Napa Valley

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.

April 04, 2014 | | State


CEO out for expressing views on gay rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

April 03, 2014 | | State


1.2 million enroll in California health plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.

April 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FireChat ignites new way to communicate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FBI: Consultant played key role in weapons case involving senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Assembly Demos denounce outsourcing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone advertising star

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Crude oil shipments going thru NorCal

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.

April 02, 2014 | | State


San Francisco denies appeal over employee shuttle buses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Artist plants 5,000 fake Bieber CDs in LA stores such as Target, Wal-Mart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Brown open to fine-tuning changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.

April 02, 2014 | | State


‘Mountain View declares water shortage emergency

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Expert: Lost runner broke basic survival rule

AUBURN (AP) - A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue - stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.

April 02, 2014 | | State


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