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Students angry over pricey courses at community college pepper-sprayed

SANTA MONICA. (AP) - The dozens of student protesters who were pepper-sprayed by police at a California community college weren't just angry about not getting into a meeting of school trustees.

April 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• Driver arrested for texting with baby in lap: TORRANCE (AP) - Police say they've arrested a Hawthorne woman who was driving on a freeway while texting and holding her baby daughter in her lap.

April 05, 2012 | | State


SoCal group approves foot-friendly transit plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The government group that oversees Southern California transportation planning voted Wednesday to approve a $524 billion agreement that aims to put unprecedented resources into walking, biking and public transportation in a region known for anything but.

April 04, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION BACKS BROWN'S TAX PROPOSAL: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is collecting an endorsement for his tax initiative proposal from the California State Sheriffs' Association.

April 04, 2012 | | State


SF Giants pursuing $1.6 B development planned for AT&T parking lot, nearby dock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants unveiled a $1.6 billion plan Wednesday to convert the parking lot at AT&T Park and an adjacent pier into homes, offices, shops and restaurants.

April 04, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

new vinyl seats

April 04, 2012 | | State


Yahoo sweeps out 2,000 employees in purge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo's turnaround attempt is going to be messy.

April 04, 2012 | | State


Power shortages loom on south state with idled nuke plant at San Onofre

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It will take more than the flip of a switch to replace power lost from the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

April 04, 2012 | | State


Nursing director thinks she was target of shooter at Oakland school

OAKLAND (AP) - An administrator at a small Christian university where seven people were killed this week said Wednesday she was the gunman's primary intended target after she rejected his repeated requests for a refund of his tuition.

April 04, 2012 | | State


White residue on spoon in Houston's room

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whitney Houston was found face-down in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on the bathroom counter nearby, investigators revealed in the singer's final autopsy report released Wednesday.

April 04, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Animal fat-to-biofuel plant proposed

April 03, 2012 | | State


Lawsuit challenges suction dredges for gold mining destroys Indian cultural resources

OAKLAND (AP) - An Indian tribe, conservation groups and salmon fishermen filed a lawsuit challenging the return of suction dredges to mine for gold in California rivers.

April 03, 2012 | | State


Trump says transgender hopeful can enter pageant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Trump says his organization is allowing a transgender woman who was born a male to compete for Canada's spot in the Miss Universe pageant - and he's wishing her good luck.

April 03, 2012 | | State


Chevron facing more taxes on Richmond refinery after trying to get them lowered

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron Corp. owes additional taxes on its refinery in Richmond because Contra Costa County undervalued the facility by hundreds of millions of dollars, a county assessment appeals board has ruled.

April 03, 2012 | | State


Cap-and-trade fees become key source for high speed rail plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's revised plan to build the nation's first high-speed rail system identifies an alternative source of funding if federal and private-sector contributions fail to materialize - fees generated from California's new cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.

April 03, 2012 | | State


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Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State


Wildfire crews brace for weather shift

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Southern California water wholesaler: Cutbacks possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


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