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State’s low community college fees face scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.

November 10, 2013 | | State


New research on shallow shoreline waters

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Google's Bay Area barge to hoist sails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


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Articles by Section - State


Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

March 26, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

March 26, 2015 | | State


$1B spending plan heads to governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Man shoots, kills San Jose officer who was checking on him after suicide threat

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

March 25, 2015 | | State


AG moves to end anti-gay initiative

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

March 25, 2015 | | State


55% support for legalizing marijuana

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | State


State Senate moves $1 billion water plan

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.

March 25, 2015 | | State


San Jose police officer shot to death

SAN JOSE (AP) - A San Jose police officer was shot to death Tuesday after responding to a call about a man threatening to commit suicide.

March 24, 2015 | | State


What fuels wilds price swings?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Mother, stepmom arrested for assaulting son’s bullies at school

FRESNO (AP) - Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Restaurateur loses part of finger in scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Venice cafe owner had part of a finger bitten off during a scuffle with a man he had ordered out of his restaurant.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Effort to seek quake warning funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.

March 24, 2015 | | State


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