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Bill to regulate medi-pot done for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's medical marijuana industry and critics who contend it has become a cover for illegal drug dealing will have to wait at least another year for the state to set up a system for licensing and regulating pot shops and growers.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Zynga expands game line up amid investor doubts on stratgey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Web game maker Zynga is trying to turn its digital playground into an even more entertaining place, working to prove wrong investors who doubt that it can build a long-lasting business.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Sex abuse testimony from other victims barred in San Jose priest assault case

SAN JOSE (AP) - Defense attorneys of a man who says he assaulted a priest for molesting him decades ago suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge barred testimony from other alleged victims of child abuse by the same cleric.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Truck, nearly 20 cars crash in LA

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - A big-rig truck and nearly 20 cars collided Tuesday on a freeway in the mountains north of Los Angeles, leaving at least 17 people injured, including two critically, authorities said.

June 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN TRAPPED IN CAR IN POOL IS BRAIN DEAD: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A San Diego County woman has been declared brain dead after being trapped in a speeding car driven by her boyfriend that plunged into a swimming pool.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Uggie leaves paw prints at famed Grauman's theater; first honor ever for a dog to get honor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every dog has its day - and Monday belonged to Uggie.

June 25, 2012 | | State


High court won't take up San Diego cross dispute

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Supreme Court won't get involved in a fight over whether a 29-foot war memorial cross can remain on public land overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, with justices refusing Monday to review an appeals court ruling that deemed the Mount Soledad cross an unconstitutional mixing of government and religion.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Plan would freeze UC, CSU fees if voters pass tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have come up with a plan to freeze tuition rates at California's public universities if voters approve a tax hike in November, the Senate leader said Monday.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Hawaii OKs Lanai sale to Ellison; deal closes Wed.

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii public utilities agency on Monday approved the transfer of three Lanai utilities to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, clearing the way for his purchase of most of the island to close this week.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Teacher, students arrested in hazing investigation at SoCal summer school

FONTANA (AP) - Police said Monday they have arrested a masonry teacher and four students as they investigate allegations of brutal hazing at a summer school in Southern California.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Man gets death sentence in killing of peace officer

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A convicted felon with a history of violence was sentenced to death Monday for murdering a Riverside policeman with his own gun as the man pleaded for his life.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Judge tosses priest's testimony in assault case as he may be accused of lying on stand

SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge on Monday tossed out a priest's testimony against a man charged with assaulting him after the reverend invoked his right to avoid self-incrimination as it became clear he may be accused of lying on the stand.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WORKERS MISTAKENLY PAINT OVER STUDENT MURAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers have mistakenly painted over a colorful mural weeks after San Francisco middle school students completed the two-year campus beautification project.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Stockton faces end of mediation, weighs bankruptcy

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton, the California city with the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate, is facing a moment of decision on whether to become the biggest city to file for bankruptcy, as a deadline for talks between the city and its creditors approaches late today.

June 25, 2012 | | State


State workers agree to 12 unpaid days of leave as part of budget reductions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest state worker union tentatively agreed to a plan where covered workers will take 12 unpaid days of leave over 12 months starting July 1.

June 25, 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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