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Court: Pollution rules can be based on technology that has yet to be developed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California air quality regulators can implement pollution control rules based on expected future technology that doesn't yet exist, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision seen as a victory for agencies that set standards encouraging green technology.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Police step up immigration enforcement

ESCONDIDO (AP) - State and local police across the country didn't need the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law to begin turning people over to the federal government for deportation.

June 26, 2012 | | State


‘Police arrest gay rights advocate for child porn showing toddlers in sex acts with men

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate has been arrested after police said they linked him to an email account that had sent and received images of toddlers engaging in sex acts with men.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Santa Clara to appeal 49ers stadium decision

June 26, 2012 | | State


Neighbors don't like plans for veterans PTSD center

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council delayed voting Tuesday on a controversial plan to open a 40-bed treatment center for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder across the street from a charter elementary school.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo

MENLO PARK (AP) - In yet another change that upset users, Facebook has replaced the email addresses users chose to display on their profile pages with (at)facebook.com addresses.

June 26, 2012 | | State


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


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Articles by Section - State


Just why is here dog doing ‘potty dance’?

DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca

November 09, 2014 | | State


Hydrants target of water thieves

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bishop under fire for Reid criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides for organic crops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Pandora founder’s vacation home plans rile Marin town

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Eureka voters nix hiking minimum

EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Oversight of nursing home chains lacking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Homeless advocates stage subway protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.

November 09, 2014 | | State


DeMaio concedes San Diego House race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Immigrant lawyer hopes to inspire others

CHICO (AP) - Sergio Garcia is a civil litigation lawyer in California who represents clients in car accidents.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Fresno mom files claim over girl’s school special ed ‘cage’

FRESNO (AP) - The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim - the precursor to a lawsuit - against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge wrong-way driver arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 32-year-old woman whom authorities say drove the wrong way and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Prisoners freed quickly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot measure passed by voters this week is already freeing California suspects from jail as their felony charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and people previously convicted of the charges receive reduced sentences as they appear in court.

November 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E backs out of Oakley power plant

OAKLEY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is backing out of plans for a power plant in a Contra Costa County city.

November 07, 2014 | | State


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