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BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.

October 17, 2012 | | State


California foreclosure notices fall to5-year low from July thru September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Sen. Mitchell appointment in PG&E blast opposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators' decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over a deadly pipeline explosion, calling the process an unfair backroom deal.

October 17, 2012 | | State


LA County assessor arrested in corruption case involving lowering property taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.

October 17, 2012 | | State


SEC launches inquiry of bankrupt San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the finances of San Bernardino as the city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Brown pushes college students to back tax hike via Prop 30 on Nov. 6 ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facing a high-risk election next month, Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a campaign swing Tuesday to win support for a proposed tax increase that he promises will invigorate California universities trapped in cycles of cutbacks and tuition increases.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Conservation groups sue over fracking

OAKLAND (AP) - Conservation groups are suing California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study the practice's environmental impacts.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Health shift will affect 860,000 children

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's top health care official told lawmakers Tuesday she is confident the state can eliminate a health insurance program serving more than 860,000 children from low-income families without disrupting the quality of their care.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Court hears arguments in clean fuels case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a case seeking to stop California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, federal justices on Tuesday focused their questions on whether the law discriminates against out-of-state businesses.

October 16, 2012 | | State


SF phonebook ban in trouble after ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court decision striking down restrictions on the distribution of Yellow Pages in Seattle has imperiled San Francisco's own phonebook ban.

October 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

COALITION RECOMMENDS PROJECTS IN DELTA: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An influential group of farmers, environmentalists and water exporters is recommending $1 billion in short-term projects to help the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

October 16, 2012 | | State


City may allow police to seize skateboards from juveniles

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - Skateboarders could find themselves without wheels unless they wear helmets under a proposed law by the City Council that comes up for a vote Tuesday night.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Blood from Yosemite workers could advance research from fatal virus

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Health officials are set to draw blood from hundreds of Yosemite National Park employees as part of a research project that aims to help scientists better understand a potentially deadly virus carried by deer mice that killed three park visitors and sickened six others this summer.

October 16, 2012 | | State


California voting line gave wrong registration deadline for upcoming November election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already bombarded by conflicting campaign ads and ballot propositions, some Californians became even more confused when a message on the state's official voting hotline provided a wrong deadline for voter registration, an election official said Tuesday.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Authorities say day laborer kidnapped in Lafayette

October 16, 2012 | | State


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Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


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