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Lawmakers slam officials for technology deficiencies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday accused officials from the Department of Technology of failing to protect state agencies considered vulnerable to hacking.

February 24, 2016 | | State


SF OKs condoms at middle schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Unified School District school board has unanimously approved a controversial decision to distribute condoms to middle school students.

February 24, 2016 | | State


Senate candidate Harris not taking sides in FBI, Apple fight

NORWALK (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she isn't picking sides in Apple Inc.'s fight with the FBI over accessing a locked and encrypted iPhone used by used by a gunman in the San Bernardino shootings that left 14 dead.

February 24, 2016 | | State


Stanford creates world’s biggest scholars program at $700M

PALO ALTO (AP) - Nike co-founder Phil Knight is donating $400 million to Stanford University to help create the largest fully-endowed scholarship in the world with the goal of preparing a new generation of global leaders, university officials said Wednesday.

February 24, 2016 | | State


Judge blocks Brown plans for prison initiative for ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state judge on Wednesday blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce California's prison population, siding with district attorneys who argued that it improperly bypassed normal procedures.

February 24, 2016 | | State


Ruling releases personal student data

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A recent federal court ruling ordering the release of personal data on more than 10 million California students highlights the growing amount of information schools now collect - and the loopholes that allow it to be released.

February 24, 2016 | | State


Oil from ship that sank in 1953 keeps killing birds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fuel oil from a long-sunken freighter that previously killed thousands of birds continues to leak and recently coated more birds in the gunk along the Northern California coast, officials said.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won't resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Arrest made in deadly shooting of 1-year-old girl

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspected gunman was arrested on suspicion of killing a 1-year-old girl who was shot in the face as she slept in a crib in her Compton home, authorities said Tuesday.

February 23, 2016 | | State


Billionaire asks for $30M for access

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A San Francisco Bay-area billionaire who closed an access road to a beloved beach is asking the state of California for $30 million in exchange for public access to Martins Beach at Half Moon Bay.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Lawsuit raises concerns about running cattle on federal land

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Concerns about running cattle on federal land are reaching livestock owners in California.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Protests planned across US to back Apple in battle with FBI order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Protesters are preparing to assemble in more than 30 cities to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December's mass shootings in Southern California.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Hear ye! Hear ye! Burlingame has first town crier in 100 years

BURLINGAME (AP) - The Northern California city of Burlingame hadn't had a town crier in more than a century but that changed this year after actor and property manager Richard Aptekar volunteered for the job.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Standards won’t ease for inmate firefighters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters, focusing instead on persuading county sheriffs to send more jail prisoners to the state program.

February 21, 2016 | | State


Vatican: Pope was not singling out Trump

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Pope Francis insisted Friday the pontiff was "in no way" launching an attack on Donald Trump, a U.S. presidential candidate, nor was he trying to sway voters by declaring someone who advocates building walls isn't Christian.

February 19, 2016 | | State


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Ruins emerge from sand on SF beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ruins have begun to emerge from the sand in San Francisco, puzzling beachgoers.

February 29, 2016 | | State


Yosemite Park attractions scheduled for name changes

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities are scheduled to formally change the names of some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic attractions unless an 11th ...

February 29, 2016 | | State


Stolen taco truck fleeing police hits school bus

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say two men fleeing from police in a stolen taco truck sideswiped a school bus full of children ...

February 29, 2016 | | State


Spate of freeway shootings kills two in Bay Area

RICHMOND (AP) - A driver was fatally shot over the weekend in the seventh shooting on a Northern California freeway in recent months, authorities said Monday.

February 29, 2016 | | State


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