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• SF POLICE REPORT CITY'S SECOND HOMICIDE OF YEAR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a 26-year-old man as he drove near Fillmore and Geary streets in San Francisco Saturday evening.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State engineers question rail oversight as bids for first 30-mile section submitted

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California prepares to embark on its largest public works project in decades, a union that represents state engineers is questioning whether all the construction work will be thoroughly scrutinized.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Courts under siege from budget cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A famous judge sits in a cold, shuttered courtroom pushing papers while the California Supreme Court chief justice fumes over the state of court funding.

January 20, 2013 | | State


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• SERVICES SET FOR GALT OFFICER KILLED BY SUSPECT: GALT (AP) - Authorities say the public is invited to attend funeral services for a Galt police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

January 20, 2013 | | State


World’s best big wave surfers compete

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As swells lumbered across the Pacific toward Northern California, nearly two dozen of the world's best big wave surfers went to meet them on Sunday, a half-mile offshore at the famed surfing break known as Mavericks.

January 20, 2013 | | State


“Holy windfall”: Batmobile sells for $4.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Holy windfall, Batman!" The Batmobile just sold for $4.2 million.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MISSING BERKELEY WOMAN, BOYFRIEND FOUND DEAD: MANTON (AP) - A missing Berkeley woman and her boyfriend have been found dead in a rural area in Shasta County.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker expense payments flow over holiday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers adjourned Friday for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers violated law to help Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers violated the state Constitution when they passed a bill that gave Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on the November ballot, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Record number of students apply for admission to nine UC campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California system has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Too soon for state to control inmate care

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - It's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, a federal court overseer said Friday in dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

January 18, 2013 | | State


City must pay $134K for targeting homeless

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A judge has ordered a California central coast city to pay $134,000 for targeting homeless people living or sleeping in vehicles.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

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


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Target worker accused of dressing room peeping

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Target employee has been arrested on suspicion of snapping cellphone photos of a woman in a dressing room stall at a Southern California store.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Huge solar plant lags in production

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Cruelty complaint in SoCal deer killing

ANAHEIM (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a four-point buck, allowing it to bleed to death without anesthesia, after it was found with its leg impaled on a wrought-iron fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.

November 16, 2014 | | State


San Diego Sheriff’s ends Facebook page over free speech suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has taken down its Facebook page after a man accused it of violating his free speech rights and sued for deleting his comments.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Child homelessness on the rise in United States

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Councilman to become city’s next mayor

SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.

November 16, 2014 | | State


California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


DROUGHT BRINGS HARD TIMES

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Customers must pick up part of twin tunnels tab

STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | State


‘No homework’ school fundraiser idea is nixed

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.

November 14, 2014 | | State


LA reaches deal on Owens Lake dust

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Creditor appeals bankruptcy plan for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Teen gets 7 years for setting boy on fire on bus

OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.

November 14, 2014 | | State


2 employees hurt after blast at Vallejo school

VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Drone-assisted farming taking flight

NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.

November 13, 2014 | | State


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