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MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDS BACK AWAY FROM UC DAVIS HOSPITAL FUNDING CUTS: DAVIS (AP) - Regulators have backed away from a threat to cut federal funding to University of California, Davis, Medical Center after a follow-up inspection determined the hospital is now complying with patient safety and care rules.

January 16, 2013 | | State


ER visits tied to energy drinks double

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man stumbled into the emergency room late one night after a house party, saying his heart wouldn't stop pounding and he could barely breathe after downing liquor mixed with energy drinks.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Police: Man who shot Galt officer was not burglar

GALT (AP) - A gunman who fatally shot a police officer before killing himself was not involved in a reported burglary at a nearby duplex, Sacramento County authorities said Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | State


UC wants more classes online to help reduce costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Immigrant groups welcome DMV study

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Immigrant advocates are welcoming a California study that found unlicensed drivers are the most hazardous motorists on the road, saying it supports their longstanding argument that denying driver's licenses for illegal immigrants has put everyone at risk.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers sense opportunity for gun control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SURF'S UP: MAVERICKS BIG WAVE CONTEST A GO: HALF MOON BAY . (AP) - Two dozen of the world's best surfers including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will travel to a big wave break called Mavericks off the Northern California coast to compete.

January 16, 2013 | | State


SJ State launches online courses for credit

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.

January 15, 2013 | | State


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Schools check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

March 30, 2014 | | State


SF emergency water system has lapses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shasta County sees spike in illegal pot grows

REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Girl talks to pope, then dad freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

March 28, 2014 | | State


San Onofre nuclear plant breaks rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man survives car being squashed

ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Jail cook suspected of smuggling drugs

MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man faces 16 years for cruelty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Governor urges three state senators to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to "restore public confidence."

March 28, 2014 | | State


GOP leader thinks he met sting agent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said Friday that he believes he unwittingly met with an FBI undercover agent during a meeting set up by Sen. Leland Yee and one of Yee's campaign aides, both of whom now face federal charges.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Workers escape large garage collapse in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California sees late surge in enrollment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is seeing a late surge in the number of people signing up for health insurance coverage ahead of next week's deadline - and state officials are encouraging more people to apply.

March 28, 2014 | | State


FBI sting shows underworld of San Francisco Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

COLFAX (AP) - There's gold in them dry hills!

March 27, 2014 | | State


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