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Senate panel backs plan to increase prison rehab

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Immigrant fights to become lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 | | State


State may drop STAR tests for new tests taken on computers

BERKELEY . (AP) - California education officials proposed Wednesday to immediately do away with the standardized reading, math and social science tests used to measure student learning and school performance since the late 1990s.

September 04, 2013 | | State


LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

September 03, 2013 | | State


$428M spent on waterway trash-fighting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California communities are spending $428 million dollars a year to keep plastic and other trash off the streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Oakland Zoo to breed Sierra’s endangered yellow-legged frog

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California zoo has established a center to study and breed endangered amphibians and reptiles, including the rare mountain yellow-legged frog.

September 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS OYSTER FARM CLOSURE: POINT REYES (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Own a gun & live with a felon? You may have to lock up your gun

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that appears headed to the governor would require gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a convicted felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning a firearm.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Containment not expected until Sept. 20

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A relatively cool and humid Labor Day allowed fire crews to make major progress Monday toward corralling a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park.

September 03, 2013 | | State


New $6.4B Bay Bridge opens to traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been opened to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns, carrying its first drivers across the bay late Monday night just hours before the beginning of the work week.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Woman says she was thrown handcuffed from LAPD car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles police saying she was somehow ejected from a moving police car while handcuffed.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Water dispute bubbling in wine region

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Wine connoisseurs may be enjoying the latest Zinfandel or Syrah from the Paso Robles region, but residents are complaining the growing number of vineyards is straining the local water supply.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Yellow jacket problems on the rise at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at Lake Tahoe have been responding to an uptick in reports of problems with pesky yellow jackets.

September 02, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN DROWNS IN AFTER DUMPING POT CRAB INTO SEA: PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Authorities say a man has drowned in Northern California after he fell over the side of a boat while dumping a crab pot into the water.

September 02, 2013 | | State


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Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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