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CEO of high-speed rail to step down

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The CEO of California's high-speed rail agency announced his resignation Thursday, a week after an independent review panel issued a scathing critique of the $98 billion bullet train project.

January 12, 2012 | | State


CPUC probing to see whether PG&E broke any laws in San Bruno blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators launched a top-level legal investigation Thursday into whether Pacific Gas & Electric Co. broke any laws in the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a process that ultimately could end in hefty fines for the company.

January 12, 2012 | | State


California. stands to reap windfall from Facebook IPO in form of taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - What's good for Facebook and its employees could be very good for California's treasury.

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Stockton teen wanted in kidnapping of girlfriend

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. ECONOMY SLIPS TO 9TH LARGEST, BEHIND BRAZIL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The recession has taken a measurable toll on California, which has slipped behind Brazil to become the ninth-largest economy in the world.

January 12, 2012 | | State


UC applications up 13%. after admissions change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California on Thursday reported a 13 percent increase in students applying for undergraduate admission, driven by a surge in out-of-state applications and a new policy aimed at expanding the applicant pool.

January 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

UC SYSTEM BANS SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO: OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California is banning smoking and the chewing of tobacco on all of its 10 campuses.

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA DECLINES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TAKEOVER: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials won't be taking over the city's Community Redevelopment Agency as it undergoes its court-ordered liquidation.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Gun toting Assemblyman draws attention to Capitol security gaps

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Had Assemblyman Tim Donnelly not been stopped by airport security, he could have walked straight into the state Capitol carrying his loaded Colt .45-caliber handgun.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Nonpartisan analysis: Brown’s approach on right track for state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown received praise from the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst Wednesday for producing a plan that could ultimately balance the state's perennially deficit-ridden budget, but the governor also received a sobering reminder that his proposal faces a number of obstacles in the months ahead.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Report: Reclaimed wastewater could expand water supply by 12 billion gallons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. can safely increase its drinking water supply by reusing some of the 12 billion gallons of wastewater that pours down sewers and into the ocean each day, a panel of experts concludes in a new report.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Mars-bound rover begins trajectory maneuver

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's latest rover to Mars fired its thrusters Wednesday to adjust its course to the red planet for a landing in August.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Judge removed for fixing traffic tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A long-serving and well-respected Orange County Superior Court judge was ordered removed from the bench Wednesday for fixing traffic tickets of family and friends.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Santa Clara approves 49ers stadium parking

January 11, 2012 | | State


Ex-welfare kids won't face parents' old debts

OAKLAND (AP) - California will no longer allow counties to seek refunds from former welfare recipients who were minors when their caregivers were overpaid.

January 10, 2012 | | State


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Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mexico’s president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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