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State close to completing review of special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State finance officials on Friday hope to complete a much-anticipated review of hundreds of special funds that was started after the California parks department underreported $53.8 million in two accounts.

August 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Tahoe water shuttle starts Friday on north shore

August 01, 2012 | | State


School official accused of embezzlement pleads

WOODSIDE (AP) - A former school superintendent in San Mateo County accused of billing one school district for work done on his home and misappropriating funds from another district has reached a plea deal.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Professor’s email reveals shooting plot

SANTA ANA (AP) - Rainer Reinscheid was into his second bottle of wine when he wrote a chilling email titled, "a good plan," detailing how he wanted to get revenge on the people he blamed for his son's suicide.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers request audit of 9/11 fund, other plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has formally requested a detailed review of the California specialty license plate program, the first in the program's 20-year history.

August 01, 2012 | | State


LA workers asked to stop watching Olympics online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The top technology officer for Los Angeles is pleading with city workers to stop watching the Olympics online at work, saying it could cause a municipal computer meltdown.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Climate change report: Hotter & drier days plus a lot more fires

FRESNO (AP) - As California grows warmer, nowhere will the increased temperatures be starker than its arid Central Valley, where farmers will have to consider whether the crops grown today will survive in a harsher environment.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Ailing San Onofre nuke plant cost: $165 million so far with $25 million in expenses on the way

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tab for the long-running crisis at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has hit at least $165 million, and it would cost $25 million more to get one of the damaged reactors running at reduced power, officials said Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Cal State reaches tentative agreement with faculty; no raises, same benefits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with its faculty that largely preserves current contract terms and calls for no salary raises, the university and faculty union said Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


No bail for UC Irvine professor charged with arson

SANTA ANA. (AP) - A University of California professor was held without bail Tuesday after prosecutors said they found evidence he plotted to kill students and administrators at a high school where his son was disciplined before committing suicide.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Most Calif. for-profit colleges such as University of Phoenix lose state grants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE ALLOWS SAN DIEGO PENSION OVERHAUL TO PROCEED: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge will allow a closely-watched measure to curb pensions for San Diego city workers to take effect.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Gay marriage ban backers seek review by US Supreme Court of Proposition 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of California's ban on same-sex marriages asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional, a move that means the bitter, four-year court fight over Proposition 8 could soon be resolved.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Crews battle 2 fires in Plumas National Forest

QUINCY (AP) - Nearly 900 firefighters are battling separate blazes burning in rugged terrain in Plumas National Forest, including one fire that is threatening four trailer homes.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Apple claims Samsung copied iPhone technology

SAN JOSE (AP) - An attorney for Apple told a jury Tuesday that bitter rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy.

July 31, 2012 | | State


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West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding of an earthquake warning system designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs.

April 04, 2014 | | State


3.7-magnitude quake in Napa Valley

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.

April 04, 2014 | | State


CEO out for expressing views on gay rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

April 03, 2014 | | State


1.2 million enroll in California health plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.

April 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FireChat ignites new way to communicate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FBI: Consultant played key role in weapons case involving senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Assembly Demos denounce outsourcing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone advertising star

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Crude oil shipments going thru NorCal

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.

April 02, 2014 | | State


San Francisco denies appeal over employee shuttle buses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Artist plants 5,000 fake Bieber CDs in LA stores such as Target, Wal-Mart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Brown open to fine-tuning changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.

April 02, 2014 | | State


‘Mountain View declares water shortage emergency

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.

April 02, 2014 | | State


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