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Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

January 25, 2015 | | State


DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

January 25, 2015 | | State


SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

January 25, 2015 | | State


YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


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Alcohol, sex photos led to state firefighter’s discipline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Firefighters drank on duty at the state's fire academy, displayed sexually explicit photographs on state cellphones, and an employee who is now charged with murder was accused of slapping a female cadet on the buttocks, public records released Friday show.

February 20, 2015 | | State


FIXING ROADS

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - As state legislatures across the nation grapple with declining funding to maintain roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, California lawmakers are confronting the unintended consequences of policies aimed at achieving ambitious environmental goals.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Woman says she was kidnapped, held in home

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's office is investigating a woman's claim that she was kidnapped, held captive and beaten sexually abused for three weeks.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Border agents wearing body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some U.S. border agents have started wearing body cameras in a test of the technology in the field, officials said on Friday.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Student charged with slashing sleeping roommate

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A university student stabbed his sleeping roommate in the throat, slashed his forehead and chased him to continue the attack when the victim broke free in their dormitory at the University of Santa Clara campus, prosecutors say.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A troubled 22-year-old man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year searched online for ways to silently kill with a knife just before he repeatedly stabbed his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a police report released Thursday.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Covered California sends out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

MARYSVILLE . (AP) - Six people were arrested at a Northern California air force base in protest of people killed by government drones.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Congressman says in tweet he is has a transgender grandchild

SAN JOSE (AP) - Democratic congressman Mike Honda says on his Twitter account he has a transgender grandchild, an announcement that comes amid a national conversation about people who struggle with gender identity.

February 18, 2015 | | State


State issues 59,000 driver’s licenses to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California issued 59,000 driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally during the first month their applications were accepted, state officials said Wednesday.

February 18, 2015 | | State


WANT WATER? ASK FIRST

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Water-main failure in Hollywood submerges four vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An estimated 100,000 gallons of water flowed along residential streets and submerged cars in a parking lot after a nearly century-old 18-inch main burst early Wednesday a few blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Did ex-CPUC leader break law dealing with LA utility?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state lawmaker will hold oversight hearings into allegations of wrongdoing at the Public Utilities Commission - particularly involving its relationship with Southern California Edison, the principal owner of the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.

February 18, 2015 | | State


More measles infections in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials say six more cases of measles have been recorded since an outbreak that originated at Disneyland.

February 18, 2015 | | State


UC postpones tuition increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday she is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good-faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.

February 18, 2015 | | State


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