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Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Man throws spear at passing vehicle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police say they have arrested a man who threw a spear at a moving car.

June 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DEPUTIES SAY MAN SPEARS, KILLS FAMILY DOG, CAT: CASTAIC (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a man made a spear from a broomstick and kitchen knife, killed the family dog and set it ablaze, then used the spear and an arrow to kill the family cat.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Arborists try to clone Muir's Bay area tree

MARTINEZ (AP) - More than 100 years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the 19th century.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN CONVICTED FOR DEATH OF GIRLFRIEND IN TRASH CAN: PLEASANTON (AP) - A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Panel restores some pay for lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens' panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Legislature creates confusion over records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments, but to do so in different ways.

June 19, 2013 | | State


LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.

June 19, 2013 | | State


BART police chief wants reform review

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police chief said Wednesday he's asked the department's former auditor to review progress in meeting reforms instituted after the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.

June 19, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE MAY EXPAND CALIF. PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CASE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys who represent California inmates asked a federal judge Wednesday to expand the court's oversight of prison mental health care to include the Department of State Hospitals.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Pay Box

The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to restore some pay cuts to state lawmakers and statewide elected officials, amounting to a raise of more than 5 percent from current salaries. Here are the current base salaries and the salaries after the raises take effect Dec. 1:

June 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF 'LANDLORDS FROM HELL' PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONIES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A couple that prosecutors dubbed the "landlords from hell" for going to scary lengths to drive tenants from a San Francisco apartment building have pleaded guilty to several felonies.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Bill would honor Buffalo Soldiers' role in parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the decades after the Civil War, the nation's first black Army regiments guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks against poaching and timber thefts, a role that in hindsight made them some of the United States' first park rangers.

June 18, 2013 | | State


Unattended campfire caused Mariposa fire

MARIPOSA (AP) - An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people, officials said Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SURFER SHOT AT AMID EX-LAPD COP HUNT FILES LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A surfer who was shot at by police during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against a Los Angeles suburb and its police department.

June 18, 2013 | | State


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Thousands more bikes could hit Bay Area roads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area riders could have thousands more bicycles to share.

April 03, 2015 | | State


7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Q&A on California’s drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.

April 03, 2015 | | State


California appeals court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | State


California eyes deadline for shutting more oilfield wells

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Stock split could cost Google $500M

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.

April 02, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TEACHER BURNED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACCIDENT: PALO ALTO (AP) - Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a high school teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns in a science experiment accident.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Kill the lawn, save the water

LONG BEACH (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

April 02, 2015 | | State


Schuller turned drive-in movie ministry into megachurch

ARTESIA (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California - he took his message to them.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Judge orders California to pay for inmate’s sex change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.

April 02, 2015 | | State


THE NEW GOLD IS BROWN

ECHO LAKE (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

April 02, 2015 | | State


DROUGHT Q&A

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Hottest March on record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Yosemite entrance fee jumps $5

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer.

April 01, 2015 | | State


LA agrees to spend $1B to fix sidewalks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked wheelchair ramps.

April 01, 2015 | | State


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