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MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDS BACK AWAY FROM UC DAVIS HOSPITAL FUNDING CUTS: DAVIS (AP) - Regulators have backed away from a threat to cut federal funding to University of California, Davis, Medical Center after a follow-up inspection determined the hospital is now complying with patient safety and care rules.

January 16, 2013 | | State


ER visits tied to energy drinks double

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man stumbled into the emergency room late one night after a house party, saying his heart wouldn't stop pounding and he could barely breathe after downing liquor mixed with energy drinks.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Police: Man who shot Galt officer was not burglar

GALT (AP) - A gunman who fatally shot a police officer before killing himself was not involved in a reported burglary at a nearby duplex, Sacramento County authorities said Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | State


UC wants more classes online to help reduce costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Immigrant groups welcome DMV study

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Immigrant advocates are welcoming a California study that found unlicensed drivers are the most hazardous motorists on the road, saying it supports their longstanding argument that denying driver's licenses for illegal immigrants has put everyone at risk.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers sense opportunity for gun control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SURF'S UP: MAVERICKS BIG WAVE CONTEST A GO: HALF MOON BAY . (AP) - Two dozen of the world's best surfers including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will travel to a big wave break called Mavericks off the Northern California coast to compete.

January 16, 2013 | | State


SJ State launches online courses for credit

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.

January 15, 2013 | | State


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State office building racks up $60 million in ongoing repairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes.

July 06, 2014 | | State


San Jose man blows off hands with fireworks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Perez seeks recount in California controller race after placing third

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Homeless parolees weigh on counties

SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Good Samaritan beaten, run over, dies

FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Video shows officer punching woman on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Water reporting rules expanded for loggers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state's ongoing drought, a newspaper reported.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Drama mounts for water-bond measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

July 03, 2014 | | State


State regulators up enforcement powers as water use fails to drop

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.

July 03, 2014 | | State


California wildfires grow in north, south

JULIAN (AP) - Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Murrieta is latest immigration flashpoint

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their monthlong summer recess.

July 03, 2014 | | State


College’s restrictive free-speech rules targeted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.

July 02, 2014 | | State


TB outbreak at Sacramento high school campus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


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