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Assembly approves bill for Ronald Reagan statue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize a Ronald Reagan statue inside the Capitol.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Bill bans employers from seeking social passwords

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Friday that would make it illegal for employers and college admissions officers to ask current or prospective workers and students for the passwords to their social media accounts.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Assembly approves bill targeting Iran investments

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Building on recent efforts for California to divest in Iran, the state Assembly on Friday passed a bill that targets insurers for investing in companies that aid the country's nuclear weapons capabilities.

May 25, 2012 | | State


PG&E could face hefty fines for 16 million daily safety violations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators said Friday Pacific Gas & Electric Co. put the public at risk over the last three decades by allowing some of its pipelines to run at dangerously high pressures in cities throughout Northern and Central California.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Judge rules anti-gay marriage law is unconstitutional as it denies benefits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in California has ruled that the federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional because it denies long-term health insurance benefits to legal spouses of state employees and retirees.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Governor Brown on icon’s 75th anniversary: Golden Gate Bridge a model for thinking big

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 75th anniversary celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge kept rolling Friday with California Gov. Jerry Brown comparing the landmark span to his own big dreams for the Golden State.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

POLICE: WOMAN'S BODY FOUND IN PLEASANTON TRASH CAN : PLEASANTON (AP) - Police say a woman's body has been found in a trash can on a road near an upscale neighborhood in Pleasanton.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service; Dish files its own lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Broadcasters Fox, NBC and CBS sued Dish Network Corp. on Thursday over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Castro's daughter focuses on gay rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro brought her fight for gay rights to a U.S. forum Wednesday, stressing the need to secure social equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers switch schedule for extra pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have again adjusted their legislative calendar to accommodate a holiday weekend, allowing them to continue collecting their $142-a-day per diem payments while they are away from the capital during the break.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Suspect in disappearance of teen arraigned

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old California girl made his first appearance in court Thursday but did not enter a plea.

May 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WHO STRAPPED FIREWORKS TO STOCKTON DOG? STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are trying to determine who strapped an M-80 firework to a dog and ignited it, causing an explosion that left the animal with burns.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Candidate claims Obama was raised as a Muslim

GRASS VALLEY (AP) - A California Republican who is running for Congress says he believes President Obama was a Muslim before he became a Christian, according to a newspaper report.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Berkeley chief defends search for son's iPhone using officers on OT

BERKELEY (AP) - A California police chief is once again under scrutiny, this time for using 10 officers - some on overtime - to search for his teenage son's stolen iPhone.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

USS Iowa to depart to Southern California Saturday

May 24, 2012 | | State


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Yee’s lawyer questions FBI investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for a California state senator charged last week with accepting bribes and gun trafficking on Monday challenged the three-year FBI investigation that led to the arrest.

March 31, 2014 | | State


CalFire beefs up seasonal ranks

HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

March 31, 2014 | | State


California seeing snow, rain, thunder, lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.

March 31, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

March 31, 2014 | | State


7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shirley Jones seeking a high-flying 80th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Schools check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

March 30, 2014 | | State


SF emergency water system has lapses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shasta County sees spike in illegal pot grows

REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Girl talks to pope, then dad freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

March 28, 2014 | | State


San Onofre nuclear plant breaks rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man survives car being squashed

ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Jail cook suspected of smuggling drugs

MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man faces 16 years for cruelty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.

March 28, 2014 | | State


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