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SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR CITY'S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city's tallest building.

October 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

HINKLEY HOMEOWNERS ACCEPT PG&E BUYOUT OFFER: HINKLEY (AP) - About 200 people have agreed to sell their homes in a Mojave Desert town whose water supply was contaminated by toxic chromium.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Police: Jogger in shootout thought to be suspect

OXNARD (AP) - Oxnard police said they mistakenly killed an innocent bystander they believed was a suspect during a weekend shootout that followed a traffic stop.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Highest-paid prison doctors, nurses

Here are the top five highest-paid prison doctors and nurses working under the health care receiver appointed by a federal judge. The salaries are for 2011 and were compiled by the state controller's office.

October 19, 2012 | | State


California jobless rate tumbles to 10.2%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to from 10.6 to 10.2 percent in September in what may be the largest drop in 36 years, the state announced Friday.

October 19, 2012 | | State


209 News

COPS PROBING MODESTO BANK WORKERS FALLING ILL: MODESTO (AP) - Six Modesto bank workers were hospitalized and a criminal investigation launched after a customer dropped off a packet of money wrapped in a paper towel, authorities said.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Parents choose charter for Mojave school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mojave Desert parents on Thursday chose a charter operator partnered with a local university to take over their children's failing elementary school, marking the nation's first use of a law empowering parents to drive educational reform.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Brown: Prop 30's higher taxes would be minimal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown sought to persuade college students on Thursday to support his November tax measure, telling them a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax and higher income taxes on the wealthy are a small price to pay for a more stable state budget and secure higher education funding.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Farmworkers sue California regulators over not enforcing tougher heat rules

FRESNO (AP) - The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in the fields.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Stunning meteor lights up Northern California skies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way.

October 18, 2012 | | State


GM wins dismissal of lawsuit over Einstein image

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of Albert Einstein's image in a magazine ad by General Motors.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Taxpayer group sues state university over send out urging support of Proposition 30

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An anti-tax group filed a lawsuit Thursday against California State University, Monterey Bay over an email sent by a professor urging students to support Proposition 30, the governor's tax initiative on the November ballot.

October 18, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SO. CAL KAYAKER FINDS NEW ZEALAND BOTTLE MESSAGE: OCEANSIDE (AP) - A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Millions participate in earthquake drill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great ShakeOut" drill.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Santa Barbara wildfire now 75 percent contained

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters Thursday worked to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.

October 18, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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