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STUNT DRIVERS CLOSE OAKLAND FREEWAY: OAKLAND . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is trying to locate a group of drivers who briefly shut down part of a San Francisco Bay area freeway while they performed stunts in the middle of the road.

January 28, 2013 | | State


He had funeral his way at Burger King

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse - and the rest of the procession - to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Feinstein: Uphill battle for gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who's leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation's largest gun-rights group.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

SANTA ANA (AP) - When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson - he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Ex critic now heads California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says it's time for the federal courts to end their oversight of medical care and other operations within the California prison system, and he's named a somewhat surprising ally to help him make the case.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Fire agency hid $3.6 million from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An investigation has found that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hid $3.6 million in collected legal settlements rather than depositing the money into the state's general fund as required.

January 27, 2013 | | State


State hasn't bought land for bullet train route

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction of California's high-speed rail network is set to start in July, but the state still has not purchased any land along the route.

January 27, 2013 | | State


San Mateo County collects 680 guns in buyback effort

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nearly 700 guns are off the streets of San Mateo County and in the hands of law enforcement officials after the latest in a series of what authorities across the San Francisco Bay area have been describing as successful gun buyback programs, officials said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Fisherman rescued after stuck in mud

PETALUMA (AP) - A fisherman is OK after his boat became stranded in a marsh when the tide started going out and he became stuck in mud when he tried to walk ashore, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | State


State agency takes months to review teacher sexual misconduct charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Months after the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing was notified of a Los Angeles Unified elementary school teacher suspected of molesting at least a dozen students and a principal who failed to report him to authorities, the agency has not taken action on the cases.

January 25, 2013 | | State


SF taking steps to prevent violence tied to Super Bowl; 400 cops on duty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Fresno's 2nd largest hospital lays off 75 workers

FRESNO (AP) - The second-largest hospital in Fresno plans to lay off 75 workers in response to what hospital administrators described as continued economic hurdles, a dwindling number of patients and lower government reimbursements.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Secret hearings in Chandra Levy slaying

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

January 25, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

NAKED WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING CAR INTO FIANCE : PHELAN (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a naked woman has been arrested after allegedly driving her car into her fiance.

January 25, 2013 | | State


SF restaurants probed over pocketing health care surcharge on customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of San Francisco restaurants are under investigation for exploiting a new city program by keeping customer surcharges instead of spending them on employee health care, city attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | State


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Expert: Lost runner broke basic survival rule

AUBURN (AP) - A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue - stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Nonprofit insurers lag in California’s insurance exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California's health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.

April 02, 2014 | | State


July 4th fireworks green light

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The biggest Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Tahoe will go on as scheduled after tourism officials settled a lawsuit alleging the event polluted the lake in violation of the Clean Water Act.

April 01, 2014 | | State


$425M lottery winner finally comes forward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | | State


PG&E criminally charged in fatal blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack survey forebodes tough summer

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra snowpack in drought-stricken California measured at 32 percent of normal Tuesday at a time of year when it's supposed to be at its peak, the state's Department of Water Resources announced.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Economists: drought impact will be minor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Runner found alive in snow after 2 days

AUBURN (AP) - A runner was found alive on Tuesday in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | State


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


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