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SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance; deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California man who abducted a teenage family friend and tortured her mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF WAX MUSEUM CLOSING DOORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco tourist attraction that drew some 12 million is shutting its doors.

August 15, 2013 | | State




Panel launches probe into offshore California fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California regulators have launched an investigation into offshore hydraulic fracturing after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast for the past two decades.

August 15, 2013 | | State


California bill on sex abuse lawsuits stalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California bill that would give some sex abuse victims more time to sue failed to gain enough support to make it out of a key Assembly committee in Sacramento.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Shark fin ban argued in federal court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Obama administration is supporting Chinese-American business organizations in their effort to block enforcement of California's ban on shark fin soup.

August 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SUPER SCOOPERS ARRIVE IN LA FOR FIRE SEASON: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Canadian aircraft that can dump thousands of gallons of water on wildfires have arrived in Southern California as the region faces a brutal fire season.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Climate change helping redwoods thrive?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's beloved giant redwood trees are in the midst of an unprecedented growth spurt, according to a climate study released Wednesday.

August 14, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


San Joaquin Valley gun sales soaring

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun sales in California rose despite the state's tough firearms laws, according to a newspaper review of state Department of Justice ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Dog specially trained to comfort crime victims at courthouse

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A 2-year-old black lab has been specially trained to comfort crime victims at the Thurston County courthouse.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Research finds graded ski runs lack recovery over time

LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Abandoned ski areas with cleared runs are recovering faster than those that were graded.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Mom, 3 kids killed in mobile home fire Christmas morning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three children and their mother were killed in a Southern California mobile home fire on Christmas morning, while the family's father ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Ventura wildfire 60 percent contained, evacuations lifted

VENTURA (AP) - Fire crews have stopped the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast, reopened a scenic highway and lifted an evacuation ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Inmates not getting enough sleep

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Storm dumps snow in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - A storm that brought two feet of snow to parts of the northern Sierra Nevada and sparked a tornado moved Friday to Southern ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Drive to bar prison cellphones hits snag

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's high-tech solution to rid prisons of illegal cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


100 Mexicans seek return to US under suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nearly 100 Mexicans have sought to return to the U.S. by Wednesday's deadline under the settlement of a class-action lawsuit ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Snowpack above average for December

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra Nevada snowpack measured above average for this time of year, but it's not enough to make a dent in California ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


State Senate raises employees ‘pay just a year after layoffs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state Senate is giving all its employees pay raises just one year after laying off several dozen employees due to financial ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


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