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Cell phone penalties would rise under pending bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California would increase from $20 to $30 under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, although the actual cost would climb to at least $199 for first offenders once court fees are collected.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Savings from state worker pay cut far from assured

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants California's state government employees to take a 5 percent pay cut to help balance the budget.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Cal high-speed rail must spend $2.7M a day in order not to lose federal funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will need to build its high-speed train line in record time if it doesn't want to risk losing federal funds - indeed, it will have to be the fastest piece of transportation construction in U.S. history, experts said.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Proposed cuts in governor's revised budget plan

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposes $8.3 billion in spending cuts for the fiscal year that begins July 1, as well as tax revenue he hopes to generate from his proposed temporary increases in the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy. The cuts Brown proposed include:

May 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Solo drivers embracing SF South Bay toll lanes

May 14, 2012 | | State


Plan to cut tube wear falls short at San Onofre nuclear power plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $670 million overhaul at California's San Onofre nuclear plant was expressly intended to avoid the types of ailments that have sidelined its twin reactors.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Retired generators at California plant back online in bid to avoid summer shortages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two retired generators at a Southern California power plant are back online, to help take up the slack from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant this summer.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Yahoo names Levinsohn interim CEO

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo swept out Scott Thompson as CEO Sunday in an effort to clean up a mess created by an exaggeration about his education that destroyed his credibility as he set out to turnaround the long-troubled Internet company.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Search on for shooter of biker club leader

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police searched Sunday for a drive-by shooter who gunned down the president of a San Diego motorcycle club as he worked in the clubhouse driveway, while members of the group he led mourned and paid tribute to the man they called "Wild Dogg."

May 14, 2012 | | State


Missing teen’s mom issues Mother’s Day statement

MORGAN HILL (AP) - A Northern California mother is spending her Mother's Day with worries that most mothers will never have to face.

May 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• CALIFORNIA FACING HIGHER $16 BILLION SHORTFALL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion - much larger than had been predicted just months ago - and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday.

May 14, 2012 | | State


2 charged with trying to extort Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two people have been charged with extortion after police detectives say they arrested the pair for trying to sell what they said was embarrassing information about Stevie Wonder.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Brown boots doctor from panel after she appeared in anti Prop 29 TV ads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown abruptly booted a doctor from a state advisory panel after she appeared in industry-funded television ads slamming a proposed tobacco tax to fund cancer research.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Thieves ram store in truck, make off with jewelry

MODESTO (AP) - Police are looking for a group of thieves who used a pickup truck to smash into a Modesto jewelry store and made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Modesto teen charged with trying to poison baby

MODESTO (AP) - A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday on behalf of a Modesto teenager who is charged with trying to kill her newborn daughter with rat poison after seeking others to do it for her.

May 11, 2012 | | State


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Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Man, woman shot to death along river in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities have detained a suspect in the shooting death of two people along the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

October 06, 2014 | | State


COZY RELATIONSHIP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility released an email Monday saying the state's top regulator privately asked the company to donate more than $1 million to support a state-backed environmental ballot initiative.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Hot air balloon dips into ocean; 3 saved

ENCINITAS (AP) - A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach.

October 06, 2014 | | State


SWIMMING POOLS

SANTA ANA (AP) - California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Paul Revere of Raiders rock band dies from cancer at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Dog owner gets 15 years in fatal mauling

LANCASTER (AP) - The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


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