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Los Angeles school board members seek new misconduct rules for district teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three members of the Los Angeles Unified school board on Monday called for revisions in state laws and district policies to make it easier to fire employees in cases of sexual misconduct and inform parents of investigations.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Berkeley chief sending officer to reporter’s home in bid to change story upsets police union

BERKELEY (AP) - In another city, getting tough with a journalist might not bring a police chief the same strong reaction as it has in Berkeley, home of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and a population with a distinctly liberal bent.

March 12, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff pleads guilty in domestic violence case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment, avoiding a domestic violence trial that threatened to air a personal drama worthy of the Venezuela telenovela in which his wife once starred.

March 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BROWN SEEKS TAX-HIKE SUPPORT FROM POLICE CHIEFS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed Monday to chiefs of police for support of his November tax initiative, even as he conceded the ballot likely will be crowded with tax proposals.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Love letters reveal Nixon's sensitive side

YORBA LINDA (AP) - Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.

March 12, 2012 | | State


PG&E to pay $70M to San Bruno for restitution in gas pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay $70 million in restitution to San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb, company and city officials said Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PayPal executive killed by Caltrain in Menlo Park

March 12, 2012 | | State


Stockton’s housing boom ride ends with slow motion fall off financial cliff

STOCKTON - A red, white and blue sign declaring Stockton an "All-America City" still adorns City Hall, but the building's crumbling facade tells the real story of the community's recent fortunes.

March 11, 2012 | | State


Past pension boosts deferred costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The recent loss of tens of billions of dollars from California's public pension funds may have raised awareness about the high cost of guaranteed benefits for public workers, but reform advocates say the unsustainable system has been years - or even decades - in the making.

March 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

'SPEED FREAK KILLER' SENDS NEW LETTER TO STATION: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento television station CBS-13 has received a second letter from serial killer Wesley Shermantine, with this letter claiming that he knows of more than 70 murder victims.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Parents Television Council likes 'Bully' rating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A petition urging the film-ratings board to overturn the "R'' rating it gave to the teen-centric documentary "Bully" has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, but at least one organization is OK with the decision.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Africa video raises California group's profile

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Until this week, Invisible Children seemed to be an aptly named organization. Its work in Africa to end the use of children soldiers was barely visible to most Americans.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Appellate panel allows video in domestic violence trial of San Francisco sheriff's

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An emotional video involving the wife of San Francisco's sheriff can be used as evidence during his trial on domestic violence charges, a three-judge panel ruled Friday.

March 09, 2012 | | State


California reviews high-risk inmate, gang member policies thanks to reduction of inmate numbers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A sharp reduction in prison crowding is giving officials in the nation's largest state prison system breathing space to rethink long-outdated policies affecting where inmates live and how best to suppress the gangs that unofficially control many aspects of life behind bars.

March 09, 2012 | | State


California jobless rate dips to 10.9% for lowest level since 2009

PASADENA (AP) - Word that California's unemployment rate dipped below 11 percent for the first time in three years provided just a small sliver of hope - but a sliver nonetheless - for people who in some cases have been making weekly trips to the unemployment office for years.

March 09, 2012 | | State


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GOP leader thinks he met sting agent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said Friday that he believes he unwittingly met with an FBI undercover agent during a meeting set up by Sen. Leland Yee and one of Yee's campaign aides, both of whom now face federal charges.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Workers escape large garage collapse in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California sees late surge in enrollment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is seeing a late surge in the number of people signing up for health insurance coverage ahead of next week's deadline - and state officials are encouraging more people to apply.

March 28, 2014 | | State


FBI sting shows underworld of San Francisco Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

COLFAX (AP) - There's gold in them dry hills!

March 27, 2014 | | State


State Democrats reel from scandal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

March 27, 2014 | | State


Control advocates: Arrest is setback

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.

March 27, 2014 | | State


PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Tornadoes touch down in north state

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Detectives call shooting racially motivated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are saying the fatal shooting of a Jordanian man in a Home Depot parking lot was a racially motivated killing.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Attorney: End of tenure bad for students, teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loss of the state's teacher tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike, an attorney for teachers told a judge Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | | State


5-year-old Modesto boy killed by bus

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Modesto boy was struck and killed by a city bus while crossing the street in front of his school.

March 27, 2014 | | State


TSA wants police at checkpoints at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

March 26, 2014 | | State


GOP assemblyman wins state Senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Mike Morrell easily beat four challengers to win a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties, according to state figures Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: California governor’s race a one-man show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The governor's race in California looks like a one-man show.

March 26, 2014 | | State


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