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CRABBERS STOP FISHING OVER PRICE DISPUTE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Dungeness crab fleet is refusing to fish due to a dispute over the price of the tasty crustaceans.

December 06, 2012 | | State


Report: California adult education needs restructuring, accountability

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's $2.1 billion adult education system is a disjointed hodgepodge of courses, fees and faculty and should be overhauled to make it consistent and focused statewide, the state Legislative Analyst's Office said in a report released Wednesday.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers bought cars fixed by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least a dozen California lawmakers repaired or upgraded their state-provided vehicles at taxpayers' expense in the final weeks before the one-of-its-kind perk was ending, then later bought those vehicles for personal use.

December 05, 2012 | | State


US, Mexico end trial of flying deportees home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. and Mexican governments have completed a two-month program to fly deportees deep into Mexico, and the U.S. is looking to the new administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on whether to continue the effort aimed at relieving overwhelmed Mexican border cities.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Dave Brubeck, legend who helped define jazz, dies

NEW YORK (AP) -You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Storm-batters north state, shuts Highway 1 by Jenner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The latest in a series of storms dumped more rain across Northern California and closed a major highway Wednesday, but the region is expected to dry out over the next week.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Renewed hope in California buoys Gov. Brown’s job approval rating

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded Californians to back his November tax initiative, and now they are rewarding him with a record high job-approval rating along with new faith in the state's fiscal future, according to a poll released Wednesday from the Public Policy Institute of California.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Alameda sheriff vows no drone spying

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California sheriff has vowed that his department won't use an aerial drone to spy on ordinary people, but civil liberties groups say there still needs to be some guidelines to ensure privacy.

December 05, 2012 | | State




Bay Area briefs

JAIL FOR STREET RACERS WHO KILLED WOMAN: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California judge says two street racers deserve jail time for a high-speed crash that killed a woman driving home from work.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Drenched N. California gets hit with more rain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new storm system made its way Tuesday through already drenched Northern California, prompting renewed flood concerns in parts of the region.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Sacramento mayor fined $37K over charity donations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency has fined the mayor of Sacramento for failing to report donations he solicited for charity organizations.

December 04, 2012 | | State


State energy plan make spike utility bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies, a government review panel said.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Demos propose using Prop. 39 funds for school energy projects

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend about $500 million a year in newly approved tax revenue on energy efficiency projects at schools in California's poorest communities.

December 04, 2012 | | State


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New Elk Grove social media effort feeds the hungry

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.

April 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.

April 07, 2014 | | State


2 students arrested over teacher fight

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.

April 07, 2014 | | State


California Senate erases websites of three suspended lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

April 07, 2014 | | State


One in four inmates using drugs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Girls stabbed during sleepover recovering

MODESTO (AP) - Two teenage girls stabbed in Northern California on Saturday are in stable condition at a hospital, and that a third younger victim is improving, authorities said.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Vandals flip over four Smart cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Massive rockfall at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.

April 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLLS TO INCREASE BY $1: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters traveling across San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are paying an extra dollar in tolls.

April 07, 2014 | | State


‘We’re all paying:’ Heroin spreads misery

NEW YORK (AP) - On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Increased California heroin use gets attention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:

April 06, 2014 | | State


Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment

NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

April 06, 2014 | | State


California immigration holds drop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.

April 06, 2014 | | State


About 100 arrested in party brawl

ISLA VISTA (AP) - About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.

April 06, 2014 | | State


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