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EX-PG&E WORKER CLAIMS UTILITY MISLED REGULATORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former PG&E manager has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired for refusing to participate in the utility's plan to mislead regulators into approving rate increases.

May 31, 2013 | | State


Boy dies after signs of abuse were missed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who authorities say died after being beaten had remained in the house where the alleged abuse occurred despite six investigations by social workers during the past decade, a newspaper said.

May 31, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail: Broken promise?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority is breaking the promises made to voters when they approved $10 billion in bonds to build the nation's first bullet train line, attorneys who represent Central Valley landowners argued Friday.

May 31, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LAST 2 MEN PULLED FROM LEVEECRASH ID'D: STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two more victims pulled from a Northern California waterway where an SUV crashed and killed five men.

May 31, 2013 | | State


Insurers sue over LA school abuse settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven insurers have sued the Los Angeles school district to avoid paying a $30 million settlement to 58 alleged victims of child abuse at an elementary school.

May 31, 2013 | | State


Salmon experiment puts fish in river water

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - State fish and wildlife officials are studying a new way of transporting hatchery salmon that are intended to repopulate the Sacramento River system, a newspaper reported.

May 31, 2013 | | State


Capital News

ASSEMBLY BILL TO REGULATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FAILS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to regulate the sale of medical marijuana in California has failed in the Assembly.

May 31, 2013 | | State


3 men held in alleged pot mail ring; allegedly sent 20 pounds at a time

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Three San Diego men have been arrested on suspicion of running a drug trafficking ring that mailed up to 20 pounds of marijuana to dozens of customers in at least eight states, authorities said.

May 31, 2013 | | State


State agency failed to collect $185M in pollution cleanup fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state agency in charge of environmental cleanup said it has set up a team to go after more than $185 million in costs from companies that were not billed or didn't pay for pollution left behind.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND POLICE SHOOT, KILL SUSPECT: OAKLAND AP) - An Oakland police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting and killing a suspect following a foot chase.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Assembly passes bill to raise minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Minimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | | State


State Senate sacks plan to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators rejected a bill Thursday that would have phased out the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Five bodies pulled from Delta waterway after crash of SUV

STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities investigating a deadly weekend SUV crash in a waterway in Northern California are being hampered by an uncooperative 911 caller and conflicting accounts from family members, a California Highway Patrol officer said on Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ROSEVILLE MOM PLEADS NO CONTEST IN DAUGHTER DEATH: ROSEVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman has pleaded no contest in the death of her 2-year-old daughter last year.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Capital News

AGENCY: REALIGNMENT LAW UNDERMINES ROLE OF JUDGES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state oversight agency says overcrowding in many county jails is forcing local sheriffs to assume the role traditionally held by judges in deciding who should make bail and how long convicts should serve behind bars.

May 30, 2013 | | State


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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


Crews work to clear Shasta mudslide debris

MOUNT SHASTA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flow from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced a mountain creek out of its banks.

September 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

• Man arrested for puppy dragging death: LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A Southern California man who allegedly dragged his puppy behind a pickup truck and then ran it over has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta; no one is hurt

MT. SHASTA (AP) - The largest mudslide on Northern California's Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California's prolonged drought, experts said Sunday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


4TH YEAR OF DROUGHT LIKELY

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Some wells run dry amid drought

EAST PORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to unify GOP in aftermath of convention

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari made the most of a low-profile Sunday morning speaking slot at the party's state convention, delivering a spirited defense of a party he said cares most about poor people and minorities but has failed to convey its message.

September 21, 2014 | | State


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