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Meager Sierra snow at 37% of normal worries California officials & farmers

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday, bearing bad news to a state that depends on snowmelt to meet the water needs of 25 million people and more than a million acres of farmland.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | State


LA school officials chided for molest case silence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

February 01, 2012 | | State


California. lawmakers cheer Facebook IPO, see windfall approaching $1 billion in taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and state lawmakers on Wednesday hailed Facebook's much-anticipated plans for a public stock offering as a potential windfall for California's cash-strapped treasury, while some already say the extra revenue should go to preventing cutbacks to public schools.

February 01, 2012 | | State


'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg ; awarded $9,867 in judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California owner of a Honda hybrid car won her unusual small-claims court lawsuit against the automaker over the vehicle's failure to deliver its stated fuel economy.

February 01, 2012 | | State


FDIC sues former execs of failed Merced bank

MERCED (AP) - Federal regulators are accusing former executives of a Central Valley bank of causing its $42 million failure through gross mismanagement.

February 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CONTROLLER SEEKS MORE BORROWING TO AVOID SHORTFALL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Controller John Chiang is urging lawmakers to act on legislation that allows him to borrow money from other state accounts so California doesn't run out of cash.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Neil Young: Steve Jobs listened to vinyl

DANA POINT (AP) - Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

January 31, 2012 | | State


LA teacher charged with molesting 23 kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the elementary school teacher told the children that it was a game. Once inside his third-grade classroom, they say, he blindfolded them, gagged them and set cockroaches crawling on their faces.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Brown reports $1.7 M for his tax campaign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign reported Tuesday that it has raised $1.7 million for his proposed November ballot initiative to temporarily raise California's sales and income taxes to help solve the state's ongoing budget deficits.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Officer shot dead by officers was intimate with girl

SANTA MARIA (AP) - When a police officer dies on the job, a department and a community mourn together. But not this week in Santa Maria, where they are too stunned and outraged.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs off-leash

MONTARA (AP) - A man walking his dogs in a federal park was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not putting a leash on the animals and giving a false name, astonishing passers-by who say the reaction was excessive.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Kaiser Permanente workers go on strike

January 31, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE STATE

• SUBWAY PROJECT REACHES MILESTONE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The construction of a $1.6 billion subway through San Francisco's Chinatown has reached a milestone. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that crews finished digging the tunnel for the Central Subway earlier this month. John Funghi, the subway's project manager, says the excavation was completed on time and within budget. The 1.7-mile subway will connect the city's South of Market and North Beach neighborhoods. Next up is station construction and the installation of tracks, overhead wires and electronic systems. Train service through the tunnel is expected to start in ...

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS THE STATE

• Suspect in Northern California standoff found dead: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers found a man suspected of shooting multiple rounds in his neighborhood dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a roughly eight-hour standoff. The Fairfield police SWAT team entered the suspect's home at 8:39 p.m. Monday. They killed an aggressive dog after a stun gun failed to subdue it and then found the man dead upstairs. He has not been identified.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney defends security officer who hit student

OAKLAND (AP) - A student in a wheelchair who was seen on surveillance footage being repeatedly slapped by a Northern California high school security officer bears some responsibility for the incident, the security officer's attorney said.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers’ pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

June 24, 2014 | | State


15 medical professionals indicted in $25M scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NTSB faults pilot in Asiana flight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers modify sex-assault bill targeting teens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Auditor finds four campus’ sexual assault efforts inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Stores don’t have to carry defibrillators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | | State


No ‘Monkey’ business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Agencies crack down on child sex trafficking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Drought helping in fight against sudden oak death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Young farmers, ranchers get assistance

FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.

June 23, 2014 | | State


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