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FEDS TO PROBE REPAIR WORK ON BAD BAY BRIDGE RODS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Federal Highway Administration on Monday said it is investigating the state's response to broken steel seismic safety rods on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

15 OF 23 CAL STATE CAMPUSES CHARGE GRADUATION FEES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graduating students at more than a dozen California public universities will have to hand over money before they are handed their diplomas, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2013 | | State


End near for evangelical radio network?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The end may be near for a California evangelical radio network used by a preacher to predict - incorrectly - the apocalypse, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2013 | | State


Girl , 7, escapes kidnapper's car trunk in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are praising the quick-thinking of a 7-year-old girl who was kidnapped off the street and thrown into her abductor's car trunk, but managed to escape.

May 13, 2013 | | State


Ginsburg: Roe gave abortion opponents a target

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, but feels her predecessors' landmark Roe v. Wade ruling 40 years ago was too sweeping and gave abortion opponents a symbol to target.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Person of interest named in jogger killed by pit bull pack

PALMDALE . (AP) - Sheriff's authorities said a man who was arrested this week on suspicion of growing marijuana is now a "person of interest" in the death of a 63-year-old jogger who was mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls in the Mojave Desert.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Los Angeles, Paris project aims to track big city carbon footprints

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Relentless thief still taking Tahoe crawfish traps - 160 stolen so far

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - It's not that easy to catch crawfish in Lake Tahoe. Turns out, it may be harder to keep them.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Black student targeted with racist note

IRVINE (AP) - University of California, Irvine officials pledged to work on race relations on campus this week after a black student found a hand-scrawled note in her backpack calling her a slave, making it the second racist incident that has offended black students in recent weeks.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Mom: Accused boy, 12, ‘could never’ hurt sister

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - A day before a 12-year-old boy was arrested for the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, his mother described him as "protective" of his younger sibling.

May 12, 2013 | | State


State lawmakers debate how to spend $900M in new revenue from loophole

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California schools are expecting a boost from the $900 million to be raised over the next year through the closure of a corporate tax loophole, but Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a disagreement with state lawmakers over how to hand out that money.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown’s scary curbside art irks LA neighbors; city cites him for ‘signage’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown's neighbors are unhappy with what some are calling frightening art he's chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge base rods can’t be easily inspected

OAKLAND (AP) - More than 400 seismic safety rods that may be vulnerable to cracking or breaking are embedded in the base of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and may be difficult to inspect, remove or replace, according to a newspaper report.

May 12, 2013 | | State


One by one, homes in subdivision sinking

LAKEPORT (AP) - Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Judge denies bid to block Dorner reward payout plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A camp ranger who was carjacked by Christopher Dorner lost a bid Friday to block payout of $1 million in rewards for helping track down the killer as he seeks the money.

May 10, 2013 | | State


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Man injured by 1,000-pound sign

CALABASAS (AP) - AuthoritieWs say a 1,000-pound sign fell on a worker at a Southern California gas station, leaving him with serious leg injuries.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Beaten deputy thanks good Samaritan

LAKEWOOD (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was severely beaten by a suspect during an arrest last week at a Southern California mall has recovered enough to dictate a note of thanks and record a short video for a good Samaritan who intervened, possibly saving his life, sheriff's officials said.

August 21, 2014 | | State


California plans aid to immigrant minors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA PERMITS OUTDOOR DINING WITH DOGS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat.

August 21, 2014 | | State


GPS devices find huge water loss in western states

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August 21, 2014 | | State


State challenges death penalty ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

August 21, 2014 | | State


SF to tally bird-into-window death toll

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Police kept watch and jumpy parents escorted students as classes resumed Thursday at a suburban high school that authorities say was targeted for a massacre.

August 21, 2014 | | State


BOOSTING RETIREMENT PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state pension board on Wednesday approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay that can be used to boost retirement benefits for newer public employees, one of which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | State


$93M Medi-Cal payments fraudulent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Unregulated pumping in crosshairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroys 8 homes, threatens 1,000 more; scorches 5 square miles

KERNVILLE (AP) - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | State


School makes special ed kids sort trash

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Mystery pair in selfies after burglary sought

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

August 20, 2014 | | State


Video blackouts impede growth of baseball online

LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

August 20, 2014 | | State


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