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Unions to drop California hospital ballot initiatives

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's largest union of health care workers says it has reached a deal with the California Hospital Association and will abandon its drive to place two hospital-regulation initiatives before voters in November.

May 06, 2014 | | State


Supreme Court declines to hear LA runoff case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by Los Angeles County contesting a ruling that held it liable for storm water pollution.

May 05, 2014 | | State


911 transcript released in police shooting

LODI (AP) - The Lodi Police Department on Monday released the transcript of a 911 call moments before a controversial officer-involved fatal shooting of a Gulf War veteran.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Communications faulted during ex-cop rampage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Communication and coordination problems between at least a half dozen regional law enforcement agencies delayed response times and possibly endangered lives as cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner went on a 10-day revenge mission across Southern California last year, according to an independent report released Monday.

May 05, 2014 | | State


8th grade class Holocaust assignment draws criticism

RIALTO (AP) - Whether the Holocaust happened is no longer up for debate at Southern California's Rialto Unified School District.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Officer shot man after baseball bat attack

DUBLIN (AP) - Police say an officer fatally shot a baseball bat-wielding man who attacked after the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call in Northern California.

May 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JAMUL TODDLER RECOVERING AFTER 3 RATTLESNAKE BITES: JAMUL (AP) - A doctor says a toddler who was bitten three times by a rattlesnake is lucky to be alive.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Response time eyed in fatal air show crash

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Investigators trying to determine what caused the crash of a vintage airplane during a stunt at a California air show said Monday they will start by examining the wreckage and ground scars.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Bill banning state Confederate flag sales plus displays passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California state government departments will be prohibited from selling or displaying items with an image of the Confederate flag under a bill that passed the Assembly on Monday.

May 05, 2014 | | State


New debate over LA mansionization

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawmakers in Los Angeles made news six years ago when they put limits on renovated houses they called "homes on steroids." Now they are being told that law is failing because it has too many loopholes.

May 05, 2014 | | State


I-15 closes after bridge catches on fire

HESPERIA (AP) - All three lanes of Interstate 15 in Hesperia were closed in both directions Monday after a construction worker's blowtorch accidentally ignited the wooden supports of an overpass that was under construction.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Police want to talk with SJ stowaway

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police plan to interview a California teen who stowed away on a Hawaii-bound flight two weeks ago, surviving sub-freezing temperatures in the wheel well of a jetliner that crossed the Pacific Ocean.

May 05, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara looks to sea for water

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.

May 04, 2014 | | State


Cinco de Drinko triggers protests at Cal Davis

DAVIS (AP) - Students at the University of California, Davis, have cancelled plans for a drinking party dubbed Cinco de Drinko, after protesters called it racially insensitive.

May 04, 2014 | | State


UK firm seeks to mine headwater of Smith River

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) - Residents of Del Norte County in the upper reaches of California fear what may happen if a company based in London follows through with plans to mine nickel along the Smith River tributaries.

May 04, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS BAY AREA

• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol has lots of agents ­– in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | | State


‘Flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | | State


New fireworks sponsor eases Calif. oversight

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.

June 29, 2014 | | State


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | | State


Twin tunnels water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | | State


SF parking app refuses shut-down order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Choosing wind energy over winged species

FRESNO (AP) - A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


Case of beaten Giants fan in jury’s hands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors in a high-profile negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were asked Thursday to decide who was responsible for a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with devastating brain damage.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Broken Heart’ nets 275 child predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Superstar’ beach in OC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card. The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests. The Orange County Register reports the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take ...

June 26, 2014 | | State


Early poll favors Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first public opinion poll since California's June 3 primary shows Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown maintaining a 20-point lead over his general election challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari.

June 25, 2014 | | State


DASHING DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Shih Tzu is a whirl of fur on a course studded with obstacles, flying through tunnels, leaping over bars, scrambling up bridges and zigzagging through poles as its owner tears alongside, calling out commands and flashing hand signals. At the finish line, there are hugs, treats and lots of slobber.

June 25, 2014 | | State


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