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Nearly 900 wrongly told they’re admitted to UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA is apologizing for mistakenly sending almost 900 applicants emails congratulating them on getting into the highly competitive school.

April 10, 2012 | | State


College holds memorial for 7 shooting victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - About 100 people wept and consoled each other Tuesday while gathering in a steady downpour to mourn the seven people killed last week at a tiny Christian college where a gunman opened fire in classrooms.

April 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW CAL RAIL PROJECT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee has begun a review of California's high-speed rail project, including possible conflicts of interest and whether a large government commitment would pull federal tax dollars away from other transportation projects.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge approach coming down

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The main approach to the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco is set to come down, as crews replace it with a new $1.1 billion parkway.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Giant water agency approves rate hikes as feud escalates with San Diego users

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's giant water wholesaler approved a smaller rate increase Tuesday than its staff proposed, but it wasn't low enough to satisfy officials who claim a "shadow government" has seized control of the agency and is targeting consumers in San Diego.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Toxins found in 'nontoxic' nail polishes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called "toxic trio" of chemicals actually have high levels of agents linked to birth defects, state regulators said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Teacher pension shortfall rises to $65B but isn’t as bad as originally projected

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The unfunded liability for California's teacher pension fund has risen to $64.5 billion, an amount that is $8.5 billion higher than a year ago but not as bad as forecasts had anticipated, fund officials said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Allegiant to offer nonstop flights to Honolulu

FRESNO (AP) - An airline that connects small cities with leisure destinations will begin nonstop flights from the mainland to Honolulu in June.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Agency opens online front in water wars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's water wars have long been waged in courtrooms, but shots are now being fired on the Internet as well.

April 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SALES OF KINKADE ARTWORK SURGE AFTER PAINTER DIES: PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Galleries that sell the work of Thomas Kinkade are reporting a surge in sales following the popular painter's death at age 54.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Rushed bills compromise disclosure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Among the many bills rushed through when lawmakers passed the state budget last year was one protecting teachers if the state had to resort to automatic spending cuts in the middle of the school year.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Shooters of Calif. dad who saved son are sought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of a Southern California man who died shielding his 8-year-old son from gunfire announced a $10,000 reward Monday for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors detain teen to solidify rape case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors have taken the unusual step of detaining an alleged teenage rape victim who has a history of running away, saying she is a key witness against a man prosecutors say is a career criminal and serial rapist.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Pet lovers face deadline on license plate sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a state where people wear their hearts on their bumpers, a specialty license plate campaign by California pet lovers to save animal lives needs saving.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Bicyclists protest coastal highway rumble strips

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Bicyclists are unhappy over plans to gouge vibration-inducing safety strips into a 10-mile stretch of scene California coastal highway.

April 09, 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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