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JUDY GARLAND'S 'WIZARD OF OZ' DRESS UP FOR AUCTION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dorothy dress is going up for auction.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Nickelodeon TV says Romney skipped kids' questions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Documents: FBI agent denies paying for sex

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An undercover FBI agent denied accusations that he spent U.S. taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and others during an international weapons trafficking probe last year, according to court documents filed Monday.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Obama: designates Cesar Chavez' home in Keene as national monument

KEENE (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation.

October 08, 2012 | | State


California gas price surge really adds up

HIGHEST PRICES

October 08, 2012 | | State


Dymally broke racial barriers in Calif. politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally broke racial barriers during his more than four decades in California politics but also was dogged throughout his career by a variety of corruption allegations.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Ending break for out-of-state businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot initiative funded by a billionaire hedge fund manager is asking voters to do what Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have been unable to accomplish - close a corporate tax provision that benefits out-of-state corporations as a way to generate $1 billion a year in revenue to the state.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Pipeline hearings suspended for closed talks over fines for deadly explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California judge on Monday approved a request to suspend public hearings and to hold closed-door negotiations on fines to be levied after a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in a Northern California neighborhood.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Group calls for boycott of Mi Pueblo grocery chain over immigration checks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California-based grocery store chain that caters to Latino immigrants has come under fire for participating in a federal program that checks the immigration status of prospective workers.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Proposition 39 at a glance

What it would do: Proposition 39 ends a corporate tax loophole to raise $1 billion a year in revenue for California.

October 08, 2012 | | State




Bay Area briefs

Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest

October 08, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to alter budget process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative asks for softening of 3 Strikes law; could release another 2,800 inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's law mandating life in prison for a third felony conviction has led to cases like that of Shane Taylor, who has been in prison since being convicted in 1996 for possessing $10 worth of methamphetamine. His prior felonies, both committed when he was 19, were a burglary and attempted burglary.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Study: Mountain lions migrating to Calif. from Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California, according to a seven-year study.

October 07, 2012 | | State


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Arrest after home invasion, sexual assault

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say a teenage boy is in custody and another remains at large after they broke into a couple's home and sexually assaulted an 85-year-old woman.

July 01, 2014 | | State


Yosemite marks 150th year as national park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Minimum wage rising to $9 today

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect today and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Supreme Court clears ban on gay conversion therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

June 30, 2014 | | State


State recognizes use of bitcoins

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that recognizes bitcoins and other virtual currencies in California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Child at Boy Scout camp dies from gunshot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

June 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS BAY AREA

• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol has lots of agents ­– in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | | State


‘Flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | | State


New fireworks sponsor eases Calif. oversight

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.

June 29, 2014 | | State


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | | State


Twin tunnels water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | | State


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


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