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Special funds: No more deceptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A detailed review of more than 500 state special funds released Friday found hundreds of millions of dollars in accounting discrepancies but no instances beyond the state parks department in which government officials purposely underreported the amount of money.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Nurses union gives Brown tax initiative campaign on November ballot $1 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The politically influential California Nurses Association on Thursday announced its support for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative and handed over a $1 million contribution to his campaign.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Pepper spray incident officer fired

DAVIS (AP) - The police chief at the University of California, Davis, overruled an internal affairs panel's recommendation and fired a lieutenant who soaked demonstrators with pepper spray - an incident that sparked protests after it was recorded and posted online, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Fire in Plumas National Forest more than doubles

BELDEN (AP) - Dry conditions and rocky terrain are hampering efforts to contain a fire in the Plumas National Forest in Northern California that is threatening dozens of structures, including trailer homes.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Court reverses ruling favoring debt collectors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a California ruling that favored debt collectors who send letters to a person's workplace.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Only 4 challengers for 34th America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Only four foreign challengers met the deadline to enter the Louis Vuitton Cup next summer to determine the opponent for Oracle Racing in the 34th America's Cup.

August 02, 2012 | | State


USC plans Schwarzenegger policy think tank

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August 02, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

TEEN SURRENDERS AFTER DAD SPOTS HIM IN PHOTO: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A teenager wanted for stealing nine cash registers from Southern California businesses has surrendered after his father recognized him in a newspaper photograph of the suspect.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Federal government opposes bid by illegal immigrant to gain status as California lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials have opposed the attempt of a Mexican immigrant living in the U.S. without legal permission to become a lawyer in California.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Gas pipe ruptures near site of deadly blast

SAN BRUNO (AP) - More than a dozen homes were evacuated Thursday after a 2-inch plastic gas pipe ruptured in the same San Francisco suburb where a pipeline explosion killed eight people in 2010.

August 02, 2012 | | State


High court upholds death penalty in school rampage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death penalty of a high school dropout convicted of going on a murderous rampage through his former Northern California school in 1992.

August 02, 2012 | | State


San Bernardino files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials in San Bernardino, Calif., which is facing an expected $45.8 million budget deficit this year, have formally filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, a move that city leaders approved last month.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Crowds swarm Chick-fil-A stores in support of owner’s free speech rights

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chicken sandwich became a political statement for a day as supporters of the Chick-fil-A president's stance against gay marriage caused traffic jams at the fast-food chain's restaurants nationwide.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Court rejects developer’s attempt to build new road into Yosemite National Park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court sided with environmentalists and ruled a California developer cannot build a new road into Yosemite National Park.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Deputy scales steep granite slope, saves hiker

FRESNO (AP) - As Lawrence Bishop lay battered and bruised, clinging to a narrow ledge of slick granite high in the Sierra Nevada, Deputy David Rippe made a split-second decision that likely saved him.

August 01, 2012 | | State


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Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Defense attorney: Merced DA’s son is innocent

MERCED (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.

July 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS PUT $15 WAGE ON BALLOT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


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