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Bill would protect clergy from gay weddings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Religious officials who do not want to perform gay weddings will not have to worry about jeopardizing their nonprofit status if a bill approved by the state Assembly becomes California law.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Red flag alert may hinder 2 NorCal fires

REDDING (AP) - A series of red flag warnings issued Tuesday had fire officials concerned about containing two major wildfires in Northern California.

August 28, 2012 | | State


California cellphone fines could rise under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will consider a bill that would raise the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers denounce anti-Semitism at California colleges & universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly resolution urging California colleges and universities to squelch nascent anti-Semitism also encouraged educators to crack down on demonstrations against Israel, angering advocates for Muslim students.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Brown gets partial reform win Overall proposal angers labor leaders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systemic reforms to California's badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Mangoes sicken 73 in California with salmonella

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Comparing pension plans: What Brown wanted and got

Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a 12-point pension reform proposal 10 months ago and announced an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday. Here are highlights of his proposal and what he got:

August 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Feinstein calls for fed probe into gas price spike AC

August 28, 2012 | | State


Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

BRAWLEY (AP) - A series of small to moderate earthquakes that shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations is putting people in this small farming town 100 miles east of San Diego on edge as they continue to feel jolts that scientists said could last for days.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Slaughterhouse gets USDA approval to reopen; 450 workers called back

HANFORD (AP) - A slaughterhouse at the center of a food safety and cruelty investigation resumed operations Monday after federal officials approved its plan to improve treatment of animals.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Assembly approves bill to allow judges to declare more than two parents for kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill approved Monday by the state Assembly would allow judges to declare more than two legal parents for some California children.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

San Francisco residents evacuated due to gas leak

August 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BILL WOULD GIVE CYCLISTS 3-FOOT BUFFER ZONE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 27, 2012 | | State


State Senate OKs ban on open carry of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would bar the public display of rifles and shotguns in most cities and towns, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Firefighters work to fully contain two NorCal fires; winds still pose challenge

REDDING (AP) - Firefighters said Monday they hoped to contain two major wildfires this week after the blazes ravaged huge swaths of Northern California.

August 27, 2012 | | 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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