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EX-CON GETS 148 YEARS IN SMOKING CONFRONTATION: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - An elderly California ex-con has been sentenced to 148 years to life in prison for pulling a knife on a security guard who asked him to put out his cigarette.

May 11, 2012 | | State


New maps, primary system shape legislative races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Independently drawn political boundaries and a new way of electing lawmakers are expected to change the face of the California Legislature and could bring Democrats total control of the state Senate.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Facebook wraps up IPO road show in Silicon Valley

PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives addressed about 200 prospective investors Friday at a hotel luncheon in Silicon Valley.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF teachers vote to support possible strike

May 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WORKER BURIED IN 8-FOOT-DEEP TRENCH DIES: BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - A worker who was buried in an 8-foot-deep trench outside a Beverly Hills home died Thursday afternoon before firefighters could free him from the loose soil.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Asteroid got one-two crater-carving punch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant asteroid Vesta got clobbered not once but twice, and it has the scars to prove it.

May 10, 2012 | | State


San Diego, San Jose voters asked to cut pensions to help financially stressed budgets

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven years ago, the nation's eighth-largest city was a poster child for fiscal mismanagement. Criminal investigations were in full swing, its bond rating was suspended, audits were long overdue, and the mayor resigned in disgrace.

May 10, 2012 | | State


State bill targets parents who skip kids' shots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents would have to take a trip to the doctor's office before opting out of vaccines if a bill approved by the state Assembly on a party line vote Thursday becomes law.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Brown submits ballot petitions for tax increases for November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown made a personal appeal Thursday for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative, saying their support is crucial because the state's finances have been "screwed up" for a decade.

May 10, 2012 | | State


California to apply for waiver to ‘No Child Left Behind’ federal regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education leaders agreed Thursday to join 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which expects all students to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Well-traveled Ore. wolf photographed in Calif.

REDDING (AP) - A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN, 18, FACING CHARGES IN TORCHING OF BED

May 10, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to modify lawmakers' term limits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two decades after approving term limits to force entrenched state lawmakers from office, California voters are being given a chance to change the law with an initiative its supporters say will encourage more consistency and stability.

May 09, 2012 | | State


University files suit over farm encampment by Occupy protestors on 10 acres in Albany

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of University of California, Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Honda wins appeal of small-claims hybrid judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | | State


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Sign-up deadline extended 2 weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The initial enrollment period for getting subsidized coverage may have passed, but California's health insurance exchange is offering a two-week extension to accommodate the crush of last-minute applicants.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Private email exempt from open records law

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Senate Democrats cancel golf fundraiser

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Tuesday canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

April 01, 2014 | | State


High volume, long wait at health site

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange experienced a high volume of users Monday, leading to a sluggish website and long wait times as consumers made their final enrollment dash to avoid a tax penalty.

March 31, 2014 | | State


Asiana: Jet partly to blame in SFO crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.

March 31, 2014 | | State


FDA rule: Beer brewers hopping mad

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.

March 31, 2014 | | State


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


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