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Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest

October 08, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to alter budget process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative asks for softening of 3 Strikes law; could release another 2,800 inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's law mandating life in prison for a third felony conviction has led to cases like that of Shane Taylor, who has been in prison since being convicted in 1996 for possessing $10 worth of methamphetamine. His prior felonies, both committed when he was 19, were a burglary and attempted burglary.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Study: Mountain lions migrating to Calif. from Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California, according to a seven-year study.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Private security co. target of myriad lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Few security companies have benefited as much from the surge of Sept. 11-related government contracts as Akal Securities, a New Mexico-based company controlled by American converts to a Sikh religious sect.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Gas prices hit record high 2nd straight day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Recycling fraud costs California millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rampant fraud within California's recycling redemption program is costing the state millions of dollars, as scammers drive trucks full of cans across the border from Nevada and Arizona to collect nickels on deposits that were never paid.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Mom charged in death of boy shot in crib

SLATINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have charged a mother with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-month-old boy hit by a gunshot in his crib.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative asks for softening of 3 Strikes law; could release another 2,800 inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's law mandating life in prison for a third felony conviction has led to cases like that of Shane Taylor, who has been in prison since being convicted in 1996 for possessing $10 worth of methamphetamine. His prior felonies, both committed when he was 19, were a burglary and attempted burglary.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Proposition 36 at a glance

What it would do: Amend California's Three-Strikes law, which currently says anyone convicted of anew felony who has two or more serious or violent prior felony convictions must be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, although prosecutors and judges have discretion in imposing the third strike.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Study: Mountain lions migrating to Calif. from Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California, according to a seven-year study.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Private security co. target of myriad lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Few security companies have benefited as much from the surge of Sept. 11-related government contracts as Akal Securities, a New Mexico-based company controlled by American converts to a Sikh religious sect.

October 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

NEARLY 1,000 GALLONS STOLEN FROM ROSEVILLE GAS STATION: ROSEVILLE . (AP) - Police in the Northern California city of Roseville are investigating the theft of nearly 1,000 gallons of gas from a Shell station.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Proposition 31 at a glance

What it would do: Proposition 31 changes California's annual budgeting process to a two-year cycle. It will require the Legislature to show what programs would be cut or how revenue would be raised if it decides to spend or cut more than $25 million.

October 07, 2012 | | State


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High-speed rail approves 5 bidders for more construction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's High-Speed Rail Authority says five construction teams have submitted qualifications allowing them to bid on the third segment of the project.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Uber driver is accused of running down and seriously injuring a bicyclist in an apparent road-rage incident.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Quake fault in Ventura poses tsunami risk

VENTURA (AP) - Scientists say the earthquake fault that runs through the coastal city of Ventura can produce strong shaking and dangerous tsunamis, prompting state officials to study whether to revise hazard maps.

April 20, 2015 | | State


PG&E: No leaks found line that exploded

FRESNO (AP) - A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff's gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Breakfast in class triggers flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish

STOCKTON. (AP) - California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Berkeley law cerates buffer zones around tobacco sales

BERKELEY (AP) - The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Police say seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not be fooled by the animal's cuteness - they could suffer a vicious bite, an animal rescue expert said.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Body found 6 days after bridge crash

ANTIOCH (AP) - The body of a motorcyclist who fell off the Antioch Bridge six days ago has been found.

April 19, 2015 | | State


GAS BLAST CLOSES HIGHWAY 99

FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

April 17, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | State


California unemployment down to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Famed French Laundry restaurant kitchen inside shipping containers

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Investigators say identity-theft suspect employed 74 aliases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

April 17, 2015 | | State


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