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Meager Sierra snow at 37% of normal worries California officials & farmers

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday, bearing bad news to a state that depends on snowmelt to meet the water needs of 25 million people and more than a million acres of farmland.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | State


LA school officials chided for molest case silence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

February 01, 2012 | | State


California. lawmakers cheer Facebook IPO, see windfall approaching $1 billion in taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and state lawmakers on Wednesday hailed Facebook's much-anticipated plans for a public stock offering as a potential windfall for California's cash-strapped treasury, while some already say the extra revenue should go to preventing cutbacks to public schools.

February 01, 2012 | | State


'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg ; awarded $9,867 in judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California owner of a Honda hybrid car won her unusual small-claims court lawsuit against the automaker over the vehicle's failure to deliver its stated fuel economy.

February 01, 2012 | | State


FDIC sues former execs of failed Merced bank

MERCED (AP) - Federal regulators are accusing former executives of a Central Valley bank of causing its $42 million failure through gross mismanagement.

February 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CONTROLLER SEEKS MORE BORROWING TO AVOID SHORTFALL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Controller John Chiang is urging lawmakers to act on legislation that allows him to borrow money from other state accounts so California doesn't run out of cash.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Neil Young: Steve Jobs listened to vinyl

DANA POINT (AP) - Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

January 31, 2012 | | State


LA teacher charged with molesting 23 kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the elementary school teacher told the children that it was a game. Once inside his third-grade classroom, they say, he blindfolded them, gagged them and set cockroaches crawling on their faces.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Brown reports $1.7 M for his tax campaign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign reported Tuesday that it has raised $1.7 million for his proposed November ballot initiative to temporarily raise California's sales and income taxes to help solve the state's ongoing budget deficits.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Officer shot dead by officers was intimate with girl

SANTA MARIA (AP) - When a police officer dies on the job, a department and a community mourn together. But not this week in Santa Maria, where they are too stunned and outraged.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs off-leash

MONTARA (AP) - A man walking his dogs in a federal park was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not putting a leash on the animals and giving a false name, astonishing passers-by who say the reaction was excessive.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Kaiser Permanente workers go on strike

January 31, 2012 | | State


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LA law that bars living in cars overtuned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.

June 19, 2014 | | State


US revamps screening of sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Is state illegally sterilizing inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | State


State board awards $29 million in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newly created state board awarded nearly $29 million in income tax credits on Thursday for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers sneak in solar tax deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Women reach $14M deal in sex case

MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Stowaway can’t believe he survived

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Burning bannedon 31 million acres

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State funding wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California forestry officials intend to give counties and organizations money raised through a contested assessment on property in wildfire-prone areas to be used for fire-prevention projects.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Suspect in 9-year-old niece’s molestation was sleeping at the time

MARTINEZ (AP) - The attorney for a Northern California man accused of molesting his 9-year-old niece says his client was asleep at the time.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Residents return as Sierra Nevada wildfire tamed

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Fish taken from hatcheries amid drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California's drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish.

June 17, 2014 | | State


California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


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