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Lawmakers switch days to collect payments; picket $65,000 on Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Both houses of the Legislature met for less than an hour Friday, offering eulogies to departed constituents, introducing guests and commemorating Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Chinese leader Xi, Biden promote trade in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began the last day of his U.S. visit Friday by urging closer ties and arguing that Americans benefit from their trade relationship with China.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

District didn't notify state of teacher dismissal

February 17, 2012 | | State


SoCal congressional race heats up over acceptance of PG&E campaign money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Southern California congressman is invoking the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion in his bitter primary fight with another incumbent, saying it was wrong for his opponent to accept help from a political action committee that took money from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

UC DAVIS CHANCELLOR FACES FACULTY CONFIDENCE VOTE:DAVIS (AP) - The chancellor of the University of California, Davis faces a faculty vote Friday on her ability to lead the campus following the widely condemned pepper-spraying of student protesters.

February 17, 2012 | | State


State gangs a force in Central American prisons

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The deadliest prison blaze in a century has drawn attention to an unfortunate U.S. export to Central America: street gangs.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Federal agent opened fire during job discussion about job assignment before being shot to death

LONG BEACH . (AP) - It had all the ingredients of workplace violence: a manager, an angry employee, a discussion about job performance and at least one gun.

February 17, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Westbound Bay Bridge set for weekend closure

February 17, 2012 | | State


California winemakers eye Chinese market

NAPA (AP) - California winemakers think the days of rice wine in China are waning as vintners find success marketing high-end cabernets to a new generation of upscale consumers.

February 16, 2012 | | State


California home sales steady in January but prices drop 4.1% from December

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buyers snapping up cheap homes propped up California home sales last month, taking advantage of foreclosures and slumping prices in a weak market, a real estate tracking firm reported Thursday.

February 16, 2012 | | State


UC Davis pays $1.35M to settle Title IX case

DAVIS (AP) - The University of California, Davis has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to attorneys representing three women who had filed gender discrimination claims because the campus did not offer a women's wrestling team, officials said Thursday.

February 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEAD WOMAN MISSING MOST OF HER FACE: CERES, (AP) - There's a mystery surrounding the discovery of a dead California woman missing three-quarters of her face: Was it gnawed by animals or cut off by an attacker?

February 16, 2012 | | State


Obama slams the 1 percent while cultivating same 1 percent for money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama is preaching an economic message aimed at the 99 percent and raising campaign cash among the 1 percent, walking an election year tight rope complicated by the need for hundreds of millions of dollars at a time of high unemployment.

February 16, 2012 | | State


AG to review findings on SF foreclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that her office was reviewing a new report that found most residential mortgages in foreclosure in San Francisco are missing documents or signatures or otherwise violate the law.

February 16, 2012 | | State


Deputy: Alleged cat eater had carcass in kitchen

FRESNO (AP) - It was the sound of a wailing cat that first caught the neighbor's attention. When she looked toward the sound she told authorities that she saw her next-door neighbor cutting off the crying feline's head with a knife.

February 16, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS BAY AREA

• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol has lots of agents ­– in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | | State


‘Flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | | State


New fireworks sponsor eases Calif. oversight

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.

June 29, 2014 | | State


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | | State


Twin tunnels water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | | State


SF parking app refuses shut-down order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Choosing wind energy over winged species

FRESNO (AP) - A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


Case of beaten Giants fan in jury’s hands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors in a high-profile negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were asked Thursday to decide who was responsible for a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with devastating brain damage.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Broken Heart’ nets 275 child predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Superstar’ beach in OC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card. The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests. The Orange County Register reports the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take ...

June 26, 2014 | | State


Early poll favors Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first public opinion poll since California's June 3 primary shows Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown maintaining a 20-point lead over his general election challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari.

June 25, 2014 | | State


DASHING DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Shih Tzu is a whirl of fur on a course studded with obstacles, flying through tunnels, leaping over bars, scrambling up bridges and zigzagging through poles as its owner tears alongside, calling out commands and flashing hand signals. At the finish line, there are hugs, treats and lots of slobber.

June 25, 2014 | | State


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