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GOV. SIGNS BILL FOR PRICIER COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow California's community colleges to offer additional courses at inflated prices during short summer and winter sessions.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Foul play ruled out in SF hospital patient's death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators have ruled out foul play in the disappearance and death of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient, a family spokesman said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Law requires breaks for workers during hot weather

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ensure workers in industries such as agriculture and landscaping get rest breaks during hot weather.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes 'imperfect' discipline bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed what he termed an "imperfect" union-backed bill intended to streamline the dismissal of teachers accused of misconduct, calling on lawmakers to try again next year.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Jury: Toyota not liable for death of woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury found Thursday that Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.

October 10, 2013 | | State


LA officer charged in death of suspect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles Police Department officer was charged with assault for kicking a handcuffed woman seven times in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh before the woman lost consciousness and died, prosecutors said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Stuck in virtual world as murder unfolds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man, just 20, stepped off the train. Another man followed him, pulling out a gun. There was a single shot, startling the preoccupied commuters. Justin Valdez fell, gasping and screaming for help as he died, a bullet to his head.

October 09, 2013 | | State


LA police testing new all electric motorcycles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.

October 09, 2013 | | State


LA police testing new all electric motorcycles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.

October 09, 2013 | | State


News from around california

POLICE, FBI INVESTIGATE CALIF. PIPE BOMB DISCOVERY

October 09, 2013 | | State


Hollywood sign sightseers frustrate upscale residents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flier calling for the Hollywood sign to be torn down is a joke, but residents of hillside neighborhoods below the landmark said the frustration they feel over growing crowds of sightseers is real.

October 09, 2013 | | State


Democrats seeking changes sought in state prison isolation policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees said Wednesday that they want to limit California's practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs.

October 09, 2013 | | State


Student professor fight case in court

FRESNO (AP) - A student cried as she testified that an instructor at Fresno City College pinned her against a wall and threw her to the ground.

October 09, 2013 | | State


Rescued kidnapped teen to speak on 'Today'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson says her family's friend-turned-captor handcuffed her and tried to make her play a game of Russian roulette until she started "freaking out."

October 09, 2013 | | State


Cliff House caught in federal shutdown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A landmark restaurant that has been a San Francisco fixture for 150 years has become a casualty of the federal government shutdown, putting more than 170 people out of work.

October 09, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Defense attorney: Merced DA’s son is innocent

MERCED (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.

July 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS PUT $15 WAGE ON BALLOT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Helicopter rescues teens on SF Bay area cliff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol helicopter plucked two teenagers clinging to the side of a San Francisco Bay Area cliff in a dramatic rescue captured on video.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Police: 4 arrested in killing of USC student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a Chinese student who attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles police said Monday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Governor Brown takes dig at Texas guard plan for border with Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."

July 28, 2014 | | State


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