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Gov. Brown defends his record

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Judge hears outcry on serial-rapist release

SAN JOSE . (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Bus strikes metal pipes on remote interstate, killing 4

BLYTHE (AP) - A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others.

May 21, 2014 | | State


California approves expansion of toxic waste site in Kettlemen City

KETTLEMEN CITY (AP) - Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Man wants car, laptop back after freed in double murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - Eder Herrera lost his mother and brother to a gruesome stabbing and spent three months in jail as the prime suspect.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed to 600 million barrels from 13.7 billion

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.

May 21, 2014 | | State


After years of super sizing, Las Vegas hotels go boutique

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Famous SF street to see summer closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."

May 20, 2014 | | State


2 convicted of bear trap tampering

TRUCKEE (AP) - A mother and her adult daughter have been convicted of tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in an effort to thwart wildlife officials' efforts to capture the animals.

May 20, 2014 | | State


State adopts rules for self-driving car testing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has new rules that govern the testing of self-driving cars on public roads.

May 20, 2014 | | State


State wants to exempt itself from its own environmental review laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday in a state appellate court.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Bikini coffee shop agrees to change drink names

CLOVIS (AP) - A Central California drive-thru coffee shop with scantily clad baristas is renaming some of its drinks after complaints that the original names were too racy.

May 20, 2014 | | State


$60M Texas high school stadium closed by cracks

ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse.

May 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento voting on $47M arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento's city council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a $477 million downtown arena for the Kings, capping off a lengthy struggle to keep the NBA franchise and build it a new home.

May 20, 2014 | | State


City clerk resigns with colorful e-mail

PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California city official has resigned from her post as city clerk in a scathing email accusing city council members of "misogynistic jokes" and "pathetic pandering" and sarcastically wishing them the best of luck finding "some schmuck" to take her place.

May 20, 2014 | | State


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Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | | State


SF parking app refuses shut-down order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Choosing wind energy over winged species

FRESNO (AP) - A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


Case of beaten Giants fan in jury’s hands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors in a high-profile negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were asked Thursday to decide who was responsible for a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with devastating brain damage.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Broken Heart’ nets 275 child predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Superstar’ beach in OC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card. The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests. The Orange County Register reports the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take ...

June 26, 2014 | | State


Early poll favors Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first public opinion poll since California's June 3 primary shows Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown maintaining a 20-point lead over his general election challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari.

June 25, 2014 | | State


DASHING DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Shih Tzu is a whirl of fur on a course studded with obstacles, flying through tunnels, leaping over bars, scrambling up bridges and zigzagging through poles as its owner tears alongside, calling out commands and flashing hand signals. At the finish line, there are hugs, treats and lots of slobber.

June 25, 2014 | | State


Michaels leaving ‘Loser’ for 3rd time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jillian Michaels is exiting "The Biggest Loser," NBC and the producer of the weight-loss competition series said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE STATE

• SUBWAY PROJECT REACHES MILESTONE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The construction of a $1.6 billion subway through San Francisco's Chinatown has reached a milestone. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that crews finished digging the tunnel for the Central Subway earlier this month. John Funghi, the subway's project manager, says the excavation was completed on time and within budget. The 1.7-mile subway will connect the city's South of Market and North Beach neighborhoods. Next up is station construction and the installation of tracks, overhead wires and electronic systems. Train service through the tunnel is expected to start in ...

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS THE STATE

• Suspect in Northern California standoff found dead: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers found a man suspected of shooting multiple rounds in his neighborhood dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a roughly eight-hour standoff. The Fairfield police SWAT team entered the suspect's home at 8:39 p.m. Monday. They killed an aggressive dog after a stun gun failed to subdue it and then found the man dead upstairs. He has not been identified.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney defends security officer who hit student

OAKLAND (AP) - A student in a wheelchair who was seen on surveillance footage being repeatedly slapped by a Northern California high school security officer bears some responsibility for the incident, the security officer's attorney said.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers’ pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

June 24, 2014 | | State


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