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Jury awards man $425K for false arrest

FRESNO (AP) - A federal jury has awarded a California man $425,000 who claimed he was wrongfully jailed by Fresno County authorities for violating his probation.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State will audit Calif. mental health spending

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state auditor will review some of California's mental health spending to determine whether money from a 2004 ballot initiative is being spent the way voters intended.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers exchange barbs over abortion bill over study of nurse practitioners’ role

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The national furor over a Missouri congressman's comments about rape and abortion spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, stoking a partisan - and personal - exchange.

August 23, 2012 | | State


No charges for San Diego man, 88, suspected of aiding suicide of sick wife

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An 88-year-old man who was arrested shortly after the death of his wife on suspicion of aiding in her suicide won't be charged with any crime, San Diego County prosecutors decided Wednesday.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEVELOPER PROPOSES MASSIVE THEME PARK IN TRACY: TRACY (AP) - A developer is proposing to build a $1.2 billion entertainment hub in Tracy that would be four times bigger than Disneyland.

August 22, 2012 | | State


More high school students pass exit exam for sixth straight year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pass rate for California's high school exit exam increased slightly for the class of 2012, marking the sixth straight year of gains, state education officials announced Wednesday.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Judge ends lawsuit over. inmate dental care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has ended a lawsuit over poor dental care in California prisons, saying that conditions have improved in the seven years since the suit was filed.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Assembly votes to ban hunting for bear or bobcats using hounds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A hotly contested bill that would ban the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California moved a step closer to becoming law.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Costs of big wildfire season hits struggling state governments hard

MANTON (AP) - A huge wildfire in California is just the latest destructive blaze to stretch resources across the West during a fire season that has been one of the worst in years.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill would help injured student athletes at high profile California universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Wednesday approved first-in-the-nation legislation requiring California universities with the most high-profile sports programs to provide financial protections for student athletes who suffer career-ending injuries.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Calif. health officials warn of lead in licorice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials are warning consumers not to eat black licorice twist candies made by Red Vines because they contain too much lead.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Spending missteps make Brown tax plan a hard sell

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has made austerity a hallmark of his administration, telling state workers they must turn in their cellphones, selling off state vehicles, severely reducing employee travel and cutting billions from the general fund.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Brown jokes about 'Moonbeam' label in JPL visit

PASADENA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown briefly reinstated his "Governor Moonbeam" nickname during a visit Wednesday to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he thanked the NASA scientists who successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill seeks to reduce police, student confrontation

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California State University campuses would be required to designate liaisons between student protesters and campus law enforcement under a bill approved by the Assembly.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Metal thieves find markets at illegal scrap yards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Metal thieves who have stripped wires from streetlights and statues from parks have found markets at illegal scrap yards in Southern California, authorities said.

August 22, 2012 | | State


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Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Man gets 3-years for torturing puppy

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown vetoes $100m boost for UC, Cal State due to fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


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