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GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Illegals driver's license bill in limbo

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would expand role of pharmacists in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Forecast: California to outpace nation in job growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bill grants overtime for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Richmond moves ahead with eminent domain plan

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.

September 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Valley fever hospitalizations increase

FRESNO (AP) - The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation that is one step away from the governor's desk.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Senate approves dropping STAR tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

September 10, 2013 | | State


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Teens arrested after Web activities eyed

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Boy’s abuse detailed in graphic testimony

PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Pension spiking concerns ignored

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Move targets immigrant driver’s license scams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

August 19, 2014 | | State


DELTA WATER FIGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.

August 18, 2014 | | State


PG&E pleads not guilty to criminal charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 18, 2014 | | State


More California frosh at UC from outside state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Foothill brushfire prompts evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.

August 18, 2014 | | State


LA officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Police officer hurt during Oakland march

OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Cemeteries work to cope with drought

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Water bond not a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Bay Area loses water to leaky pipes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing in SoCal

SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

August 17, 2014 | | State


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