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Judge rules anti-gay marriage law is unconstitutional as it denies benefits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in California has ruled that the federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional because it denies long-term health insurance benefits to legal spouses of state employees and retirees.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Governor Brown on icon’s 75th anniversary: Golden Gate Bridge a model for thinking big

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 75th anniversary celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge kept rolling Friday with California Gov. Jerry Brown comparing the landmark span to his own big dreams for the Golden State.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

POLICE: WOMAN'S BODY FOUND IN PLEASANTON TRASH CAN : PLEASANTON (AP) - Police say a woman's body has been found in a trash can on a road near an upscale neighborhood in Pleasanton.

May 25, 2012 | | State


Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service; Dish files its own lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Broadcasters Fox, NBC and CBS sued Dish Network Corp. on Thursday over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Castro's daughter focuses on gay rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro brought her fight for gay rights to a U.S. forum Wednesday, stressing the need to secure social equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers switch schedule for extra pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have again adjusted their legislative calendar to accommodate a holiday weekend, allowing them to continue collecting their $142-a-day per diem payments while they are away from the capital during the break.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Suspect in disappearance of teen arraigned

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old California girl made his first appearance in court Thursday but did not enter a plea.

May 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WHO STRAPPED FIREWORKS TO STOCKTON DOG? STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are trying to determine who strapped an M-80 firework to a dog and ignited it, causing an explosion that left the animal with burns.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Candidate claims Obama was raised as a Muslim

GRASS VALLEY (AP) - A California Republican who is running for Congress says he believes President Obama was a Muslim before he became a Christian, according to a newspaper report.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Berkeley chief defends search for son's iPhone using officers on OT

BERKELEY (AP) - A California police chief is once again under scrutiny, this time for using 10 officers - some on overtime - to search for his teenage son's stolen iPhone.

May 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

USS Iowa to depart to Southern California Saturday

May 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. SUES ARMY CORPS OVER VEGETATION RULE : FRESNO (AP) - A California agency is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its policy requiring the removal of vegetation on federal levees, claiming it harms fish and wildlife.

May 23, 2012 | | State


Safeway clerk who defended woman attacked by boyfriend in store reinstated

DEL REY OAKS (AP) - When Safeway meat clerk Ryan Young jumped from behind his counter to help a pregnant woman being kicked by her boyfriend, he didn't know that he'd be suddenly jobless and a national hero at the same time.

May 23, 2012 | | State


13-year-old girl held in attempted murder of her mother three times over a few hours

HESPERIA (AP) - Chris Stalinski heard screams and couldn't imagine what was happening in the mobile home next door, where a mother lived with her teen daughter.

May 23, 2012 | | State


San Jose voters to decide fate of city's minimum wage hike from $8 to $10

SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose City Council will let voters have the final say on the city's minimum wage will be.

May 23, 2012 | | State


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FireChat ignites new way to communicate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FBI: Consultant played key role in weapons case involving senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Assembly Demos denounce outsourcing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone advertising star

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Crude oil shipments going thru NorCal

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.

April 02, 2014 | | State


San Francisco denies appeal over employee shuttle buses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Artist plants 5,000 fake Bieber CDs in LA stores such as Target, Wal-Mart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Brown open to fine-tuning changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.

April 02, 2014 | | State


‘Mountain View declares water shortage emergency

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.

April 02, 2014 | | State


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


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