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Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


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Teacher unions revel in win by California’s schools chief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The victory of a union-backed incumbent over a reform-minded political novice in the unusually heated race for California's K-12 schools chief on Wednesday had leaders of state and national teachers unions expressing satisfaction that voters were more interested in supporting teachers than holding them responsible for what ails public education.

November 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TEEN REMOVED AFTER TWEETING FROM POLLING PLACE: WESTMINSTER (AP) - A teenage poll worker who was tweeting obscenities and taking photos of voters was removed from an Orange County polling place on election day.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Vacation rental firm sues SF over law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage.

November 05, 2014 | | State


$7.5B water bond gets OK; now what?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passing a $7.5 billion water bond may turn out to be the easy part. Agreeing on how to spend all the money could be much harder.

November 05, 2014 | | State


GOP close to ending Demo supermajority

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday moved closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in California's Santa Barbara County rejected a ban on fracking and most other intensive drilling in the oceanside county's more than century-old oil fields, while two other California coastal communities with comparatively little oil adopted stringent prohibitions.

November 05, 2014 | | State


California measures to tax medical pot win by big margins

SANTA ANA (AP) - Californians are eager to tax medical marijuana, but they want limits on who can grow it and sell it.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Coastal residents use far less water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to cut back even more, residential per-capita water use figures released for the first time Tuesday show.

November 04, 2014 | | State


Woman gets 16 years for running fake university

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for running what prosecutors said was a sham university that served as a front for an immigration scam.

November 04, 2014 | | State


Man charged in hit-run deaths

SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a driver charged with fleeing in his SUV after fatally striking three Southern California teenage girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.

November 04, 2014 | | State


National cemetery planned

ALAMEDA (AP) - The U.S. Navy has transferred hundreds of acres of land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an outpatient clinic and national cemetery that will eventually house the remains of 300,000 veterans.

November 04, 2014 | | State


No one hurt when gunshots hit SoCal mosque

COACHELLA (AP) - No one was hurt when gunfire struck a mosque in the desert city of Coachella before dawn Tuesday, authorities in Southern California said.

November 04, 2014 | | State


Feinstein may ask Obama to protect Mojave sites

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to create two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, and she's considering asking the White House to act without Congress' approval.

November 04, 2014 | | State


Unanswered questions in spaceship crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.

November 04, 2014 | | State


Sheriff: Mom drove off cliff to try to kill her two young sons

UKIAH (AP) - Authorities allege a Northern California mother tried to kill her two young sons by intentionally driving off a 300-foot cliff, injuring both children.

November 03, 2014 | | State


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