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14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance; deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California man who abducted a teenage family friend and tortured her mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF WAX MUSEUM CLOSING DOORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco tourist attraction that drew some 12 million is shutting its doors.

August 15, 2013 | | State




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Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

August 15, 2014 | | State


LA looks into making ballot bankable

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Ruling: Silence can be used against suspects in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Thousands of pot plants ripped out of park near high school

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Bond signals historic compromise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The $7.5 billion water package brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders signals a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has bedeviled California governors and lawmakers for decades.

August 14, 2014 | | State


SF officials weighing fix for Hetch Hetchy tunnel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is hiring outside consultants to help it decide whether it should repair or entirely replace an 89-year-old tunnel that is a vital part of the Hetch Hetchy water system supplying 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Kern deputy pleads in crash that killed 2

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A Kern County sheriff's deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Bill would add ‘parent’ box to birth certificates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that would make California the latest state to modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents, but not before generating criticism from a Republican lawmaker.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes $7.5B water bond, sending it to state Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature on Wednesday was on the verge of placing a revamped water bond on the November ballot, a package that includes billions of dollars to build new reservoirs in a state enduring its third year of drought.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Sheriff defends Williams’ death details release

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Sheriff's officials in the San Francisco Bay Area defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law requires they be disclosed to the public.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Immigration judge sues over recusal from Iranian cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An immigration judge has sued the Justice Department, alleging that an order recusing her from hearing the cases of Iranian immigrants because of her involvement in the Iranian-American community is discriminatory.

August 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TOE DISPUTE PROMPTS ARREST OF BEAUTY CONTESTANT: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a broken toe.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Candidate’s first vote is one for himself

FRESNO (AP) - The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Prosecutor charged with misconduct

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty.

August 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco transit workers facing sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of San Francisco transit workers who participated in a sickout that stalled the city's world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service are facing possible financial penalties.

August 13, 2014 | | State


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