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ANALYST: CALIF. HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN STILL VAGUE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday that the latest plan to build a $68.4 billion high-speed rail system linking Northern and Southern California still relies on highly speculative financing, and it urged the state Legislature to reject funding until more details are ironed out.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Bill to regulate pot shops clears 1st hurdle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A bill aimed at bringing order to California's medical marijuana economy cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday as pot advocates and law enforcement groups lined up for another clash over the drug.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Jump in out-of-state student admissions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The percentage of non-Californians admitted to University of California campuses next fall has spiked dramatically, officials reported Tuesday, meaning more tuition for the financially troubled system but anxiety for residents who worry they are being squeezed out of the prestigious schools.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Illegal prison cellphones being disabled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A private company that owns the pay phones in California's prisons will pay millions of dollars to install technology that prevents inmates from using smuggled cell phones to make their calls instead.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Stanislaus deputy Tasers, fatally shoots man

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy who was responding to reports of a family dispute.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Report: Widespread seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Folsom residents find escaped inmate in truck bed

FOLSOM (AP) - Folsom police have arrested an escaped prisoner after residents found the inmate hiding in the bed of their pickup truck.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Man confronts neighbor about peeing in bushes

HEMET (AP) - Police say a Hemet man had to dodge bullets after confronting a neighbor for peeing in the bushes outside an apartment complex.

April 17, 2012 | | State


Vice principal taken off campus over gay flap

FULLERTON (AP) - An assistant principal at a Southern California high school has been temporarily removed from campus while district officials assess his pulling a gay student offstage for saying he hoped he could someday marry the love of his life.

April 17, 2012 | | State


California farmers, residents to get more water

FRESNO (AP) - Water agencies that supply millions of California residents and farmers will be getting more water this year, thanks to a wet spring and high reservoir storage.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Cal State faculty starts voting on strike move to fight for 1 percent pay hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some 24,000 California State University employees on Monday started a two-weeklong vote on whether to authorize their union to declare a strike after 22 months of negotiations failed to yield a new contract.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Chief justice, attorneys seek more court funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Supreme Court chief justice, the president of the state bar and the two attorneys who are challenging California's ban on gay marriage warned Monday that state budget cuts to the court system are making justice inaccessible for average people.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Panetta costs taxpayers $32,000 every time he flies home to California home

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his California home, but says it's important "just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight."

April 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

7 INDICTED IN TOY FIRM'S ALLEGED DRUG MONEY SCHEME: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people were arrested Monday in a money laundering scheme that allegedly funneled millions of dollars in Colombian and Mexican drug money through an American toy company, federal officials said.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Judge releases Sacramento teen who was locked up after she says she was raped

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered the release of a 17-year-old girl who had been placed in juvenile hall last month because prosecutors feared she would flee rather than testify at the upcoming trial of a suspected rapist.

April 16, 2012 | | State


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Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Police kept watch and jumpy parents escorted students as classes resumed Thursday at a suburban high school that authorities say was targeted for a massacre.

August 21, 2014 | | State


BOOSTING RETIREMENT PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state pension board on Wednesday approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay that can be used to boost retirement benefits for newer public employees, one of which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | State


$93M Medi-Cal payments fraudulent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Unregulated pumping in crosshairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroys 8 homes, threatens 1,000 more; scorches 5 square miles

KERNVILLE (AP) - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | State


School makes special ed kids sort trash

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Mystery pair in selfies after burglary sought

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

August 20, 2014 | | State


Video blackouts impede growth of baseball online

LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Target cuts outlook as breach form security fallout lingers

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Cupertino to get super-fast AT&T broadband service

CUPERTINO (AP) - Cupertino will become the first city west of the Rockies to get AT&T's super-fast broadband Internet service.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Apple’s stock bounces back to hit a new high

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

August 20, 2014 | | State


FIRE NEAR YOSEMITE

OAKHURST - Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Rock climber killed in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested after Web activities eyed

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Boy’s abuse detailed in graphic testimony

PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

August 19, 2014 | | State


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