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Political rift appears in state compensation panel that handles legislators’ compensation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A political rift appeared Thursday in a citizens panel that oversees compensation for California lawmakers and statewide elected officials, as the new chairman accused members of overstepping their authority on benefits.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Sacramento commuter rail collision injures 5

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five people were injured Thursday after a light-rail train and a vehicle collided in downtown Sacramento, authorities said.

March 29, 2012 | | State


Brown defends tax plan, says money goes to schools despite claim of backer of rival plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday defended his characterization that his tax initiative primarily helps schools, rejecting criticism from the backer of a rival tax proposal who says he is distorting the benefits.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Beyonce the tiny puppy fit into spoon at birth

EL DOROADO HILLS (AP) - A very tiny puppy is sitting inside a coffee mug, trying without success to escape by scratching its little paws against the slippery surface. In recent days, this famous dog has been placed alongside a variety of small objects - an iPhone, a business card and a tape measure, among other things - to demonstrate just how tiny she really is.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Economists see brighter future for state economy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's economy should improve with its nearly 11 percent unemployment rate falling to 7.7 percent in less than two years, according to UCLA's quarterly Anderson Forecast.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Pepper-spray report can be released without names

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can release a report on the pepper-spraying of student demonstrators by UC Davis police last fall, but must first remove the names of most officers, a judge ruled Wednesday.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Dennis Rodman back in court over child support

ORANGE (AP) - Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been told he could face up to 20 days in jail unless he pays some $860,000 in child support.

March 28, 2012 | | State


15-year-old Morgan Hill teen-age girl’s disappearance frustrates, unites community

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Like a lot of teenage girls, 15-year-old Sierra LaMar used her smartphone as her billboard, her diary and her mirror. She sent text messages, tweeted and composed self-portraits of a petite, dark-haired beauty who liked makeup, cheerleading and dishing about reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Cop goes undercover to bust students in small SJ Valley town of Exeter

EXETER (AP) - On his second trip through high school, former C-student Alex Salinas got a lot of A's.

March 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Tree falls on home, traps trio for short time

March 28, 2012 | | State


Civil rights passion motivates California tax proponent that Brown is opposing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After decades as a civil rights attorney, Molly Munger has the resume to prove her devotion to education equality, children's civil rights and California's public schools. Unlike most other activists, she also has a personal fortune to pursue her causes.

March 27, 2012 | | State


LAPD defends handling of profiling claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, the Los Angeles Police Department has fielded several hundred complaints a year from minorities who said they were unfairly targeted for traffic stops and arrests because of their skin color.

March 27, 2012 | | State


California nuke plant to remain shut for probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators - the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday.

March 27, 2012 | | State


Lorax statue taken from home of Dr. Seuss's widow

SAN DIEGO (AP) - They took the Lorax, made of bronze, the thieves they came, and now he's gone.

March 27, 2012 | | State


Assemblywoman Olsen pushing for law to punish public school student-teacher dating

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 41-year-old high school teacher exchanges a flood of text messages with his student, then leaves his wife and three children to date her. The couple then goes on national TV, saying their relationship didn't become physical until she turned 18.

March 27, 2012 | | State


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Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LIMITING DAILY USE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State


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