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Court upholds hit man case against ex-politician

June 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Ex-NBA star Johnson back in as Sac mayor

June 06, 2012 | | State


Report blasts handling of Occupy Berkeley protests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A University of California, Berkeley report released Wednesday criticizes campus police for jabbing and clubbing student protesters with batons during Occupy demonstrations last fall.

June 06, 2012 | | State


San Jose, San Diego voter imposed pension cuts may have ripple effect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Decisive victories for ballot proposals cutting retirement benefits for government workers in two of the largest cities in the U.S. emboldened advocates seeking to curb pensions in state capitols and city halls across the nation.

June 06, 2012 | | State


At least 800,000 ballots still uncounted

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The votes are all in for the California primary, but many remained uncounted Wednesday, leaving some contests still up in the air, notably the statewide question on whether to increase the tax on tobacco to fund cancer research.

June 06, 2012 | | State


Push to quash tobacco tax could echo beyond state

Push to quash tobacco tax could echo beyond state

June 06, 2012 | | State


PG&E making emergency gas 180 segments of pipeline system checks for corrosive leaks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric is checking for leaks in 180 segments of its natural gas pipeline system, including part of a line where an explosion killed eight people in 2010.

June 06, 2012 | | State


What $40,000 for Obama gets you in presidential fundraising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama's campaign has a deal for you.

June 06, 2012 | | State


Calif approves north coast marine protection zones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California created another group of ocean protection zones on Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on a vast network of protected areas that dot the sea from Mexico to the Oregon border.

June 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Suspect facing murder charge in San Ramon robbery

June 06, 2012 | | State


Stockton council grants city manager authority to ready backup bankruptcy plan

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton City Council members late Tuesday granted the city manager authority to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in three weeks if officials are unable to broker a deal with the city's creditors.

June 06, 2012 | | State


San Jose, San Diego approve pension cuts by wide margins in Tuesday’s voting

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Voters in two major California cities overwhelmingly approved measures to cut retirement benefits for city workers Tuesday in contests being closely watched as states and local governments throughout the country struggle with mounting pension obligations.

June 06, 2012 | | State


California voters split on $1 per pack tobacco tax; final tally make take days or possibly weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California ballot initiative to raise the tax on cigarettes that pitted big-spending tobacco companies against cycling legend Lance Armstrong and the New York City Mayor was too close to call Tuesday night.

June 06, 2012 | | State


California voters approve term limit reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters tweaked term limits Tuesday to shave two years off the total time lawmakers can serve in the state Legislature, but will allow them to spend their tenure in one house.

June 06, 2012 | | State


Tough battles mark Congressional contests

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two long-serving Democrats headed Tuesday for a November showdown in a bitterly contested Los Angeles County House district, a marquee matchup among congressional races across California.

June 06, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census?

DETROIT (AP) - The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Fitness email stirs controversy at college

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

January 30, 2015 | | State


Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

January 29, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

January 29, 2015 | | State


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