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SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Balance in Assembly hangs on 2 tight races’ Berryhill still leads for senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties were watching just two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Televangelist testifies in bankruptcy case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Cal State mulls 3 fee hikes to push graduation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Julia Child-Thermador suit will be heard in Calif.

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA 13-year-old donates $13,000 to injured soldiers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.

November 08, 2012 | | State


SF plans to provide transgender surgeries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

November 08, 2012 | | State


3 House races still too close to call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal observers traveled from Washington to Sacramento on Thursday to ensure every vote is counted in a congressional race near the state capital, one of three U.S. House contests in California too close to call two days after the most hotly contested congressional elections the state has seen in decades.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Redistricting shakes up House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA voters mandate condom use on porn sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Backers of GMO labels look ahead after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists seeking special labels on food made from genetically engineered crops vowed Wednesday to continue their push despite a loss at the California ballot box where they were vastly outspent by biotechnology giants.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


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Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women’s prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Firefighter dies in wind-fueled NorCal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A firefighter evaluating a Northern California wildfire was killed by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was surveying an area to decide the ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Judge to decide if ex-lawmaker’s trial proceeds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Fire raging north of SF threatens homes

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Online viewers won’t miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get ...

July 31, 2015 | | State


University removes ‘bias-free language guide’

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire has removed from its website a "bias-free language guide" that warned against using the word "American ...

July 30, 2015 | | State


LinkedIn caps rough week for social

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp.

July 30, 2015 | | State


Why did pine tree fall on kids?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An investigation began Wednesday into why a 75-year-old, 75-foot-tall pine tree fell on a group of kids from a summer camp at ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Firefighters hold Napa blaze that jumped line

NAPA (AP) - Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground Wednesday, keeping a blaze east of California's Napa ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Twitter tumbles, user growth stalls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill to help California

SAN FRANCSICO AP) - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Big cities say June water- saving goals were met

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June - the first month of ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


Sacramento calls outdoor pot water wasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County supervisors are standing by their decision to label outdoor marijuana cultivation as a waste of water.

July 29, 2015 | | State


UC pays 28 more than $1M each annually

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California had 28 employees who made more than $1 million last year - an elite group comprised of athletic coaches ...

July 29, 2015 | | State


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