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Peace treaty negotiator hired for PG&E, CPUC settlement talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former U.S. senator who helped negotiate a peace treaty in Northern Ireland has been appointed to help California energy regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric reach a settlement over a pipeline explosion that killed eight people, the two sides announced Monday.

October 15, 2012 | | State


Rival to end ad critical of Brown's initiative

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The campaign for a November ballot initiative that seeks to raise income taxes on most Californians to fund public schools is phasing out a TV ad that criticizes a rival tax measure pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 15, 2012 | | State


Home prices rise in September; sales fall

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose in September to a four-year high as the supply of properties for sale remained tight, according to surveys released Monday.

October 15, 2012 | | State


Feinstein has more than $3M in campaign cash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has a healthy campaign stash as she seeks re-election to a fourth full term.

October 15, 2012 | | State


Democrats seek boost from new legislative maps

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The path to a two-thirds legislative majority in the state Senate - the ability for Democrats to change tax policy and override gubernatorial vetoes - runs partly through California's Central Valley.

October 14, 2012 | | State


Driven by appetite for meth: For dollars’ worth of copper farmers out thousands

DOS PALOS (AP) - Cannon Michael is a folk hero across California's agriculture heartland, where these days the price of scrap metal influences a farmer's bottom line as much that of the fine pima cotton he grows.

October 14, 2012 | | State


As gas prices soar, cycling more attractive

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With an autumn chill in the air on a gray San Francisco morning, the five-member Ades family rubbed the sleep from their eyes, strapped on their bike helmets and rode right past their two cars to the kids' elementary school about a mile away.

October 14, 2012 | | State


Endeavour reaches permanent LA home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space.

October 14, 2012 | | State


Corrosion linked to 2011 Chevron refinery fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corrosion that went unchecked - the suspected cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond refinery in August - has been linked to a fire at the plant in October 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

October 14, 2012 | | State


22 saved from sinking wine boat traveling in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly two dozen people who were enjoying a bachelor party on what's billed as San Francisco Bay's only "floating wine tasting room" are OK after their boat hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island and began sinking Friday night, officials said.

October 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• LOS ANGELES POLICE CLASH WITH SKATEBOARDERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police in riot gear dispersed about 500 skateboarding fans who blocked Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles after turning out for a free movie premiere at the Vine Theatre.

October 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SAN DIEGO TEEN IS HOMECOMING KING BY LANDSLIDE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Crawford High School senior Ivan Mendoza became Homecoming King this year by a landslide.

October 12, 2012 | | State


No charges against Octomom on allegations

SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors won't file charges against Octomom Nadya Suleman after a caregiver last month reported allegations of child neglect at her home, an official at the district attorney's office said Friday.

October 12, 2012 | | State


Passenger had murder directions on computer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A teacher arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and with checked bags containing knives, body bags, a smoke grenade and other weapons also had files on his computer detailing how to kidnap and kill people, federal authorities disclosed Friday.

October 12, 2012 | | State


LA sues over Owens Lake dust control

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sued in federal court Friday over demands that it start additional dust control efforts in Owens Lake, a remote body of water that went dry nearly 90 years ago after the exploding metropolis siphoned off the water to quench its growing thirst.

October 12, 2012 | | State


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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star signing bottles Saturday

LODI - Join Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville at Lodi Vintners for the release of her 2013 Unfiltered Blonde Chardonnay, Saturday, June , from noon to 3 p.m.

June 02, 2015 | | State


California considers health coverage for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.

June 02, 2015 | | State


California Senate OKs scaled- down travel disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California state senators on Monday advanced a scaled-down version of a political ethics bill after the initial proposal was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said it would complicate campaign disclosure rather than reduce influence.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Suspects nearly run down San Jose officer

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A man and woman are facing charges after police say they tried to run over an officer and damaged a police car.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill seeks to dilute power of CPUC president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Powers wielded by the president of the state's top utility regulator would be diluted under a bill moving through the California Legislature.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill: Cheerleading would be sport

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would recognize competitive cheerleading as a high school sport under pending legislation.

June 01, 2015 | | State


College student killed mom in argument over grades

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama college student killed his mother during an argument over his bad grades, law enforcement officials said, and he was being held without bond in a county jail Monday.

June 01, 2015 | | State


District sued over graduation dress code

CLOVIS (AP) - A Native American student sued his California school district on Monday over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion in the state constitution are being violated.

June 01, 2015 | | State


State Senate approves 2017 minimum wage hike to $17

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Bill prohibits crackdown on sleeping in cars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly is advancing legislation to protect homeless people who live in their cars from fines and vehicle impounds.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Farmers submit plans to save water

FRESNO (AP) - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Ex-Moreno Valley councilman sentenced in $2 million sting

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Muir Woods’s tallest is mere 777 years old

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An analysis found that the tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods in California is 777 years old - not the 1,500 years once assumed.

June 01, 2015 | | State


Celebrities make splash with awareness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California's debilitating drought.

May 31, 2015 | | State


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