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Mojave Desert parents wage legal fight against local district over school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents at a Mojave Desert school said Thursday they're going to court to force the school district to accept their petition seeking a drastic overhaul of their children's low-performing school under California's pioneering "parent trigger" law.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Rescuers free entangled gray whale off coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rescuers in a small boat chased a migrating gray whale along the coast of Southern California for hours Thursday before they were able to cut off fishing traps, lines and debris wrapped around its tail.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Political rift appears in state compensation panel that handles legislators’ compensation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A political rift appeared Thursday in a citizens panel that oversees compensation for California lawmakers and statewide elected officials, as the new chairman accused members of overstepping their authority on benefits.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Sacramento commuter rail collision injures 5

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five people were injured Thursday after a light-rail train and a vehicle collided in downtown Sacramento, authorities said.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Brown defends tax plan, says money goes to schools despite claim of backer of rival plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday defended his characterization that his tax initiative primarily helps schools, rejecting criticism from the backer of a rival tax proposal who says he is distorting the benefits.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Beyonce the tiny puppy fit into spoon at birth

EL DOROADO HILLS (AP) - A very tiny puppy is sitting inside a coffee mug, trying without success to escape by scratching its little paws against the slippery surface. In recent days, this famous dog has been placed alongside a variety of small objects - an iPhone, a business card and a tape measure, among other things - to demonstrate just how tiny she really is.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Economists see brighter future for state economy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's economy should improve with its nearly 11 percent unemployment rate falling to 7.7 percent in less than two years, according to UCLA's quarterly Anderson Forecast.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Pepper-spray report can be released without names

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can release a report on the pepper-spraying of student demonstrators by UC Davis police last fall, but must first remove the names of most officers, a judge ruled Wednesday.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Dennis Rodman back in court over child support

ORANGE (AP) - Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been told he could face up to 20 days in jail unless he pays some $860,000 in child support.

March 28, 2012 | | State


15-year-old Morgan Hill teen-age girl’s disappearance frustrates, unites community

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Like a lot of teenage girls, 15-year-old Sierra LaMar used her smartphone as her billboard, her diary and her mirror. She sent text messages, tweeted and composed self-portraits of a petite, dark-haired beauty who liked makeup, cheerleading and dishing about reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Cop goes undercover to bust students in small SJ Valley town of Exeter

EXETER (AP) - On his second trip through high school, former C-student Alex Salinas got a lot of A's.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Tree falls on home, traps trio for short time

March 28, 2012 | | State


Civil rights passion motivates California tax proponent that Brown is opposing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After decades as a civil rights attorney, Molly Munger has the resume to prove her devotion to education equality, children's civil rights and California's public schools. Unlike most other activists, she also has a personal fortune to pursue her causes.

March 27, 2012 | | State


LAPD defends handling of profiling claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, the Los Angeles Police Department has fielded several hundred complaints a year from minorities who said they were unfairly targeted for traffic stops and arrests because of their skin color.

March 27, 2012 | | State


California nuke plant to remain shut for probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators - the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday.

March 27, 2012 | | State


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Feds: Balance struck in Rim Fire logging plan

SONORA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Farm worker challenges No. 2 Republican

WASCO (AP) - Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"

August 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETS MORE WAVES AS STORM EASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

August 28, 2014 | | State


Suit targets soccer concussions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | 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


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