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APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge bolt problems noted years ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

April 17, 2013 | | State


School couldn't expel accused teens

SARATOGA. (AP) - A school superintendent said Wednesday that officials could not expel three teenage boys charged with sexually battering a classmate at a party last fall, even after she hanged herself and her family complained that a humiliating photo of the assault was being circulated.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Army allowed police shooter to resign

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.

April 17, 2013 | | State


209 News

BOY ARRESTED WITH GUN AT LODI SCHOOL: LODI - A 13-year-old boy is in juvenile hall after being found with a .22 caliber revolver and four bullets at his Lodi school Tuesday, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Democrats push wide-ranging gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took their first step toward moving a gun control legislative package Tuesday, following similar tough firearm and ammunition restrictions enacted in several other states in the wake of recent shooting rampages.

April 16, 2013 | | State


LA sheriff's commander disciplined over using mock Asian voice ringtone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's commander has been disciplined for having a ringtone with a mock Asian voice and for comments he made after his personal cellphone rang during a meeting with top brass.

April 16, 2013 | | State


SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) — A shuttle will soon drive visitors up

SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) - A shuttle will soon drive visitors up to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and officials hope to expand the service across the Bay Area's largest park system.

April 16, 2013 | | State


No quick, easy fix for environmental law reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing reforms.

April 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

INTERNAL REPORT: CPUC SAFETY CULTURE IS LAX: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A consultant's confidential report on the California Public Utilities Commission makes sharp criticisms of its executive director and finds the agency's safety culture severely lacking.

April 16, 2013 | | State


Pro athletes fight limits on workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized proposed legislation that would restrict players from collecting workers' compensation benefits in California.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Attorney general seeks drug database funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that would provide funding for California's substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

April 15, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Group seeking topless Venice Beach sunbathing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.

April 24, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

April 24, 2015 | | State


STATE CUTS OFF WATER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.

April 23, 2015 | | State


High murder rate for state inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Hundreds honor Chavez’s Navy service

KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.

April 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral honors 22 years after his death

KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.

April 23, 2015 | | State


State government meeting water-saving goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.

April 22, 2015 | | State


More than 143M Americans live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.

April 22, 2015 | | State


4 killed in wrong- way crash on US 50

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.

April 22, 2015 | | State


HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


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