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Voters split: Keep death penalty but pare back Three Strikes offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters appeared to be of two minds on criminal justice issues put to them on this year's ballot.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Guadalupe voters nix changing city name

GUADALUPE (AP) - Residents of Guadalupe have rejected a measure that would have changed the city's name to Guadalupe Beach, although the place is actually five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Unions make statement in defeat of Prop. 32

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November 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative results

Voters approved five of the 11 statewide ballot propositions in Tuesday's election. The voting breakdown:

November 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain supermajority in California Senate for passing taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday's election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Schools to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Santa Cruz wins free-speech case over Nazi salute

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A federal jury has determined that the rights of a critic of the Santa Cruz City Council were not violated when he was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated

November 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEFENDANT STABS LAWYER IN TULARE COUNTY COURTROOM: VISALIA (AP) - Tulare County authorities say a murder suspect stabbed his attorney in the face in the county's second courtroom attack in one week.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto boy returns to school after DNA flap

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A California sixth-grader was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced district officials they didn't need to worry about his genes.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Fresno shooting suspect was 'methodical'

FRESNO (AP) - A parolee who killed two people and wounded two others on Tuesday at a California chicken processing plant where he worked moved methodically between his first three victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck before pulling the trigger, police said.

November 06, 2012 | | State


LA church killing over graffiti stuns community

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The service was in full swing at the storefront church near downtown when a parishioner spotted a woman spraying graffiti on the building. He told her to stop, and she shoved him to the ground. Two other congregants rushed to his aid.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Left side news

California record-setting heat starting to ease

November 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF leaders get dressing down by nudity activist

November 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

RELICS STOLEN FROM SAN BUENAVENTURA MISSION: VENTURA . (AP) - A thief has taken relics from a 230-year-old California mission.

November 05, 2012 | | State


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State board awards $29 million in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newly created state board awarded nearly $29 million in income tax credits on Thursday for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers sneak in solar tax deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Women reach $14M deal in sex case

MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Stowaway can’t believe he survived

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Burning bannedon 31 million acres

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State funding wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California forestry officials intend to give counties and organizations money raised through a contested assessment on property in wildfire-prone areas to be used for fire-prevention projects.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Suspect in 9-year-old niece’s molestation was sleeping at the time

MARTINEZ (AP) - The attorney for a Northern California man accused of molesting his 9-year-old niece says his client was asleep at the time.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Residents return as Sierra Nevada wildfire tamed

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Fish taken from hatcheries amid drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California's drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish.

June 17, 2014 | | State


California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


LA mayor’s F-bomb blows up worries about bad words in public

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The F-bomb that Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on Los Angeles this week has quickly mushroomed into a conundrum over just what a politician can get away with saying in public these days.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Drought closes Santa Cruz campground

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A popular campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed because a creek is too low to draw water for visitors amid California's lingering drought.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.

June 17, 2014 | | State


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