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California toxic landfill cited for spills

KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.

November 15, 2012 | | State


Legislative supermajorities at a glance

Some facts about a legislative supermajority:

November 15, 2012 | | State


Physician ousts GOP Rep. Dan Lungren

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.

November 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.

November 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.

November 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Demos win supermajority in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.

November 14, 2012 | | State


California home prices rise 19% during October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Budget deficit shrinks to $1.9B with taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education, embrace online learning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Panel rejects quake study by nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Health board OKs plan for insurance exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's efforts to establish an insurance marketplace for providing affordable health care approved its operational blueprint Wednesday, an essential step toward meeting a key deadline under the federal health care reform law.

November 14, 2012 | | State


San Francisco Bay area drivers first in nation with algae biofuel

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.

November 14, 2012 | | State


New CSU chief requests pay cut to help system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system's incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

November 14, 2012 | | State


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State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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


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