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30 years for ex-Border Patrol agents for smuggling 500 illegals into USA

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced two former Border Patrol agents to at least 30 years in prison for running a ring that smuggled more than 500 illegal immigrants into the United States.

June 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN LEAVES JAIL, DRIVES INTO HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say a heavily intoxicated Northern California woman returned to jail less than 12 hours after getting out when she crashed a car into her friend's empty house.

June 21, 2013 | | State


Brown, legislature agree to fix records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor's administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Mission artifact moved from railway route

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly two centuries ago, an ex-pirate built a mill that ground corn and wheat for the San Gabriel Mission, part of the chain of Spanish outposts in California dating to the 1700s.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Man throws spear at passing vehicle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police say they have arrested a man who threw a spear at a moving car.

June 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DEPUTIES SAY MAN SPEARS, KILLS FAMILY DOG, CAT: CASTAIC (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a man made a spear from a broomstick and kitchen knife, killed the family dog and set it ablaze, then used the spear and an arrow to kill the family cat.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Arborists try to clone Muir's Bay area tree

MARTINEZ (AP) - More than 100 years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the 19th century.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN CONVICTED FOR DEATH OF GIRLFRIEND IN TRASH CAN: PLEASANTON (AP) - A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Panel restores some pay for lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens' panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Legislature creates confusion over records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments, but to do so in different ways.

June 19, 2013 | | State


LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.

June 19, 2013 | | State


BART police chief wants reform review

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police chief said Wednesday he's asked the department's former auditor to review progress in meeting reforms instituted after the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.

June 19, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE MAY EXPAND CALIF. PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CASE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys who represent California inmates asked a federal judge Wednesday to expand the court's oversight of prison mental health care to include the Department of State Hospitals.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Pay Box

The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to restore some pay cuts to state lawmakers and statewide elected officials, amounting to a raise of more than 5 percent from current salaries. Here are the current base salaries and the salaries after the raises take effect Dec. 1:

June 19, 2013 | | State


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Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LIMITING DAILY USE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State


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