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Proposition 35 at a glance

What it would do: Increase the penalties for human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of children, and require training for law enforcement on handling trafficking complaints. Expand the definition of human trafficking and require sex offenders to provide their email addresses and Internet identifiers to law enforcement.

October 02, 2012 | | State


Dog survives 110-mile ride on pickup's engine

Dog survives 110-mile ride on pickup's engine

October 02, 2012 | | State


US begins flying home deported Mexicans

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed with people ordered to leave the United States.

October 02, 2012 | | State


Oakland college shooting suspect's case suspended

OAKLAND (AP) - The murder case of a suspect accused of killing seven at a small California Christian college was suspended Monday after the suspect's lawyer questioned his mental competency to stand trial.

October 02, 2012 | | State


Teacher suspected of lewd conduct found dead

SAN LORENZO (AP) - A California teacher suspected of lewd conduct with a child has apparently committed suicide.

October 02, 2012 | | State


Initiative raises penalties for human trafficking

SANTA ANA (AP) - California voters will consider toughening the penalties on human trafficking in a November ballot initiative funded almost entirely by a former Facebook official and opposed - somewhat surprisingly - by some advocates who are trying to stop the exploitation.

October 02, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to end death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More Death Row inmates have died of natural causes, suicide and murder than have been executed since California re-instated capital punishment 35 years ago.

October 01, 2012 | | State


Brown vetoes death-benefit bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An expansion of death benefits for the families of public safety workers and a renewal of the Hollywood tax credit are among the bills Gov. Jerry Brown acted upon late Sunday, the last day to sign or veto the more than 900 pieces of legislation that reached his desk this fall.

October 01, 2012 | | State


WWII gun to be displayed at San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A massive gun that was on the battleship Missouri when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II will soon be installed on a cliff at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

October 01, 2012 | | State


2 million in gems, gold stolen from museum

MARIPOSA (AP) - California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a Central Valley museum during a brazen daytime robbery.

October 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

October 01, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OBAMA TO DESIGNATE CHAVEZ HOME AS NAT'L MONUMENT : KEENE (AP) - In a move aimed at shoring up support from Hispanic and progressive voters, President Barack Obama will designate the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument.

October 01, 2012 | | State


Backers aim to widen ban on gay conversion therapy

Backers aim to widen ban on gay conversion therapy

October 01, 2012 | | State


Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes

Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes

October 01, 2012 | | State


Proposition 34 at a glance

WHAT IT WOULD DO: Abolish California's death penalty. If the initiative is approved by voters this November, the 729 inmates on death row would have their sentences converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

October 01, 2012 | | State


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Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LIMITING DAILY USE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Man gets 3-years for torturing puppy

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown vetoes $100m boost for UC, Cal State due to fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


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