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More photos found in teacher abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The scandal embroiling an elementary school where two teachers were arrested last week on lewdness charges widened Wednesday with revelations of 200 more inappropriate photos of children and that one teacher sent warmly written birthday cards and presents to students who participated in his "games."

February 08, 2012 | | State


Brown allows parole for murderers at greater rate than his precedessors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing murderers to be paroled from California prisons at a far greater pace than his immediate predecessors, a development that raised alarm Wednesday with victims' rights groups.

February 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Disneyland's Matterhorn ride undergoes renovations

February 08, 2012 | | State


Appeals court halts deportation of 7 illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has put the Obama administration's new immigration directive to the test by halting the deportation of seven immigrants alleged to be in the country illegally.

February 08, 2012 | | State


Heavy fog blamed for Vallejo highway pileup

VALLEJO (AP) - Authorities say heavy fog is to blame for a messy highway pileup near Vallejo that involved at least 31 vehicles.

February 08, 2012 | | State


Eastwood: A maverick who does politics his own way

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The plot seemed familiar: A hotshot Hollywood filmmaker shills for a bailed-out car industry, yet another limousine liberal going to bat for big government.

February 07, 2012 | | State


San Francisco poised to expand plastic-bag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shoppers in San Francisco would have to pay 10 cents per bag and more retailers would be banned from handing out plastic bags under a proposal that the city's Board of Supervisors is expected to take up on Tuesday.

February 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

TEENS INDICTED IN FATAL MODESTO MARKET SHOOTINGS: MODESTO (AP) - A Stanislaus County grand jury has indicted three alleged gang members on murder charges for the robbery killings of a Modesto family.

February 07, 2012 | | State


Reaction to marriage ruling

A look at reaction to the ruling by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel declaring California's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional:

February 07, 2012 | | State


9th District Appeals court throws out same-sex marriage ban in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California's ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to "lessen the status and human dignity" of gays.

February 07, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley sees growth in jobs, wealth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Oakland city officials' addresses posted online

February 07, 2012 | | State


Ballot could be crowded with tax-hike plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It appears increasingly likely that Gov. Jerry Brown will have competition in November when he asks California voters to raise taxes as a way to stabilize the state's perpetually out-of-balance budget.

February 06, 2012 | | State


Stand for Oakland group faces off with Occupy Oakland during ‘day of action’

OAKLAND (AP) - A rally on the steps of City Hall on Monday turned into a shouting match between Occupy Oakland organizers and a newly formed group of residents and downtown merchants opposed to tactics used by the protesters.

February 06, 2012 | | State


Scramble to fund new Golden Gate Bridge approach as city needs $60M match for $1.1 billion project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The $1.1 billion project to replace San Francisco's dangerous approach to the Golden Gate Bridge could face another delay, as leaders scramble to line up funding.

February 06, 2012 | | State


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Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.

July 17, 2014 | | State


California foreclosure starts fall to 17,524 for 8-year low

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of default notices - the first step in the foreclosure process - sent to California homeowners slid to its lowest level in more than eight years in the spring as higher home values left fewer homeowners underwater, a research firm said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Prosecutor undecided on charging mom in bully case school attack

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A frustrated mother of six sobbed uncontrollably outside a Northern California courtroom Thursday after prosecutors announced they were still undecided on whether to file charges accusing her of attacking a 12-year-old boy who is alleged to have bullied her daughter.

July 17, 2014 | | State


CEO Whitman takes chairman post at HP

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Marvel unveils black Captain America

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Bald eagles expand in California islands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Studio distances itself from ‘Compton’ casting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanvill

SUSANVILLE (AP) - California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Drought doesn’t end brown lawn warnings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

July 17, 2014 | | State


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