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Principal testifies at teacher's abuse trial

SAN JOSE (AP) - A former California principal accused of failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of a young student at her school tearfully told jurors that she believed a teacher when he told her the reason he had blindfolded the girl and put something in her mouth was to teach her about Helen Keller.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PG&E sued by family of electrocution victim

November 02, 2012 | | State


Woman who won $23M lottery forgot ticket in car

PALMDALE (AP) - A California woman who didn't know she had a jackpot-winning $23 million lottery ticket in her car has come forward to claim her fortune.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Poll: Brown's tax initiative slips below majority; given decent chance of passing Proposition 30

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's undecided voters will determine the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative as the latest public opinion survey shows support slipping below the majority needed for passage.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Married teachers sentenced for three-way sex with student

WESTMINSTER . (AP) - Married teachers in Orange County were sentenced Thursday to probation for having a months-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student, individually and as a couple.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Death penalty opponents say it's too costly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can't afford it.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Costs at ailing nuclear power plant tops $300M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The long-running blackout at the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has cost at least $317 million, and it's not clear if the plant's troubled steam generators can ever be repaired and operated at full power, the plant's operator said.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Busy US-Mexico border crossing gets makeover

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rerouting of tens of thousands of vehicles a day began Thursday without a hitch at the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a major expansion that aims to keep lines manageable while allowing heightened inspections for drugs, weapons and other contraband.

November 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIANS PUNCH SHARKS TO SAVE THEMSELVES: EUREKA (AP) - Two Californians say they survived separate shark attacks over the past few days by punching the beast in the head.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Operation Boo targets paroled sex offenders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents have arrested 85 sex-offender parolees during an annual statewide Halloween sweep known as "Operation Boo."

November 01, 2012 | | State


Illegal immigrants to avoid deportation in some crimes in Alameda County

OAKLAND (AP) - A new policy in Alameda County is instructing prosecutors to consider filing lesser criminal charges for some legal immigrants in an effort to avoid convictions with mandatory deportation.

November 01, 2012 | | State


LA woman charged in work visa fraud case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency was indicted Thursday on immigration fraud charges that allege she filed more than 100 false work visa petitions on behalf of illegal immigrants who wanted to remain in the United States.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Danville man charged with milking trust funds

November 01, 2012 | | State


Brown pleads for votes for struggling tax hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With time running out and his odds growing longer, California Gov. Jerry Brown pleaded with voters Wednesday to support his $6 billion-a-year tax increase and warned of deep cuts unless residents send more money to Sacramento.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Dog soaked in lighter fluid, then set ablaze

CAMARILLO (AP) - A Southern California basset hound named Buddy is dead after someone soaked the dog in lighter fluid and set him on fire.

October 31, 2012 | | State


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‘Broken Heart’ nets 275 child predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.

June 26, 2014 | | State


‘Superstar’ beach in OC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card. The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests. The Orange County Register reports the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take ...

June 26, 2014 | | State


Early poll favors Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first public opinion poll since California's June 3 primary shows Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown maintaining a 20-point lead over his general election challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari.

June 25, 2014 | | State


DASHING DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Shih Tzu is a whirl of fur on a course studded with obstacles, flying through tunnels, leaping over bars, scrambling up bridges and zigzagging through poles as its owner tears alongside, calling out commands and flashing hand signals. At the finish line, there are hugs, treats and lots of slobber.

June 25, 2014 | | State


Michaels leaving ‘Loser’ for 3rd time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jillian Michaels is exiting "The Biggest Loser," NBC and the producer of the weight-loss competition series said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | | State


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


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