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Lawmakers sworn into office, 2-year session

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers officially began their next two-year session Monday as they were sworn in to a newly reshaped Legislature in which Democrats hold powerful supermajorities in both houses.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP OFFICERS SUFFER MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH: LIVERMORE (AP) - Two California Highway Patrol officers are recovering after their patrol car overturned during a high-speed chase on Interstate 580 in the Livermore area.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Here comes the Super Democrats

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders say they will avoid talking about higher taxes as the Legislature convenes Monday for the first time since Democrats secured supermajorities in both houses.

December 02, 2012 | | State


Northern California emerges from one wet & wild week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds, but damage from the storm was less than expected, officials said.

December 02, 2012 | | State


Huge Latino vote in California doesn’t translate into national political star power

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has more Hispanics than any other state, by far, but you'd have to look elsewhere for those being talked about as ascending stars on the national political stage.

December 02, 2012 | | State


Training farmworkers as organic farmers

SALINAS (AP) - Bending over beds of shriveled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season's planting. Except this time, she's the boss.

December 02, 2012 | | State


LA-Long Beach port strike enters 4th day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its fourth day on Friday despite efforts to end the walkout that has idled most of the nation's busiest cargo complex.

November 30, 2012 | | State


LA Unified, union OK test scores to judge teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday reached an agreement with its teachers union to include students' state standardized test scores as a measure of teacher performance.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Yahoo told to pay $2.7B in Mexico lawsuit

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo Inc. has been ordered to pay $2.7 billion as part of a lawsuit filed in Mexico by two companies claiming breach of contract.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Report: Half of California donations via commercial fundraisers lost to overhead

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A report reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Storm brings intense rain, flood warnings

Storm brings intense rain, flood warnings

November 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

COUNCIL RELEASES PLAN TO RESTORE RIVER DELTA: FRESNO (AP) - A state-sponsored advisory council has released a long-range plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide a more reliable water supply to farms and cities.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Possible generator tampering found at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Gay change therapy ban for minors in California faces its first legal test

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test Friday as lawyers for those who support "reparative therapy" asked a federal judge to block the ban.

November 30, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Official 'embarrassed' by expense errors

November 30, 2012 | | State


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California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.

July 17, 2014 | | State


California foreclosure starts fall to 17,524 for 8-year low

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of default notices - the first step in the foreclosure process - sent to California homeowners slid to its lowest level in more than eight years in the spring as higher home values left fewer homeowners underwater, a research firm said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


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