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JAIL FOR STREET RACERS WHO KILLED WOMAN: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California judge says two street racers deserve jail time for a high-speed crash that killed a woman driving home from work.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Drenched N. California gets hit with more rain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new storm system made its way Tuesday through already drenched Northern California, prompting renewed flood concerns in parts of the region.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Sacramento mayor fined $37K over charity donations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency has fined the mayor of Sacramento for failing to report donations he solicited for charity organizations.

December 04, 2012 | | State


State energy plan make spike utility bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies, a government review panel said.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Demos propose using Prop. 39 funds for school energy projects

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend about $500 million a year in newly approved tax revenue on energy efficiency projects at schools in California's poorest communities.

December 04, 2012 | | State


AG: It's up to police to hold illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top prosecutor said Tuesday it's up to local police agencies to decide whether to comply with federal government requests to hold illegal immigrants.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Ex-police officer will plead guilty for stealing drugs from evidence, selling them

OAKLAND (AP) - A disgraced former commander of an elite Northern California drug task force will plead guilty to stealing drugs from evidence lockers and trying to sell them on the street with the help of a private investigator.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WARDENS KILL MOUNTAIN LION CUBS IN HALF MOON BAY: HALF MOON BAY. (AP) - The California Department of Fish and Game has ordered a necropsy on two mountain lion cubs that were fatally shot by wardens in downtown Half Moon Bay.

December 04, 2012 | | State


California ocean smuggling claims life of Coast Guard crewman in cat-and-mouse game

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs appears to be the latest example of how smugglers are venturing farther north in a game of cat-and-mouse along the California coast.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Judge blocks landlord from evicting nation’s largest pot shop in Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the nation's largest has won the first round in its fight to stay open amid a federal crackdown.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Squid fishermen enjoy record, 3-year run

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's market squid fishermen have hauled in record numbers as ocean conditions for the third-straight year helped them net their quota earlier in the season than normal.

December 03, 2012 | | State


More heavy rain expected to hit drenched Northern California today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents recovering Monday from a series of wet, windy storms likely won't get much of a break as another system is expected to drench the area.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Marine special operator given Navy Cross

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Monday honored four members of a Marine special operations team in a rare public ceremony for the covert forces.

December 03, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers sworn into office, 2-year session

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers officially began their next two-year session Monday as they were sworn in to a newly reshaped Legislature in which Democrats hold powerful supermajorities in both houses.

December 03, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE STATE

• SUBWAY PROJECT REACHES MILESTONE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The construction of a $1.6 billion subway through San Francisco's Chinatown has reached a milestone. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that crews finished digging the tunnel for the Central Subway earlier this month. John Funghi, the subway's project manager, says the excavation was completed on time and within budget. The 1.7-mile subway will connect the city's South of Market and North Beach neighborhoods. Next up is station construction and the installation of tracks, overhead wires and electronic systems. Train service through the tunnel is expected to start in ...

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS THE STATE

• Suspect in Northern California standoff found dead: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers found a man suspected of shooting multiple rounds in his neighborhood dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a roughly eight-hour standoff. The Fairfield police SWAT team entered the suspect's home at 8:39 p.m. Monday. They killed an aggressive dog after a stun gun failed to subdue it and then found the man dead upstairs. He has not been identified.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney defends security officer who hit student

OAKLAND (AP) - A student in a wheelchair who was seen on surveillance footage being repeatedly slapped by a Northern California high school security officer bears some responsibility for the incident, the security officer's attorney said.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers’ pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

June 24, 2014 | | State


15 medical professionals indicted in $25M scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NTSB faults pilot in Asiana flight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers modify sex-assault bill targeting teens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Auditor finds four campus’ sexual assault efforts inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Stores don’t have to carry defibrillators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | | State


No ‘Monkey’ business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Agencies crack down on child sex trafficking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Drought helping in fight against sudden oak death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Young farmers, ranchers get assistance

FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.

June 23, 2014 | | State


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