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Students' English, math scores improving

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California students posted gains in English and math proficiency for the ninth straight year, but the so-called achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers remains a persistent gulf, state education officials said Friday.

August 31, 2012 | | State


Bill urges more illegal workers to pay taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved legislation Friday that would allow illegal immigrants to voluntarily join a program and pay state income taxes in exchange for leniency in their immigration status.

August 31, 2012 | | State


82-year-old burglar out of prison, arrested again

TORRANCE (AP) - An 82-year-old Southern California career thief is out of prison and allegedly back to her old tricks.

August 31, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CREWS PROGRESSING ON 2 NORCAL WILDFIRES: REDDING (AP) - Officials say firefighters are making steady progress battling two wildfires in Northern California that have been burning for nearly two weeks.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Flu shot bill lacks penalty for health workers

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Health care workers who don't get a flu shot wouldn't have to wear a mask under an amended bill that state lawmakers sent to the governor on Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Court mistakenly posts secret PG&E suit settlement of $2.6M for burned teen

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. agreed to pay more than $2 million to a teenager burned in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes, according to secret settlement documents mistakenly posted by a California court.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Woman, 2 kids slain; bloody suspect wounded

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A young woman and her two small children were fatally stabbed in their home Thursday, and a suspect was wounded by police who were called to a freeway bridge where a blood-covered motorist was holding a knife, authorities said.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite Update

YOSEMITE (AP) - Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections to six, state health officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Armed robber'sslim booty: $2

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite shuts 90 plus cabins at center of deadly rodent probe

YOSEMITE (AP) - More than 90 cabins in Yosemite National Park are closed indefinitely after the site was found to be at the center of a mouse-borne virus that has been blamed for the deaths of two people, officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Crash involving driver, 100, rekindles age debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Wyard is 92 and sees no reason to surrender his car keys, not to mention the freedom they give him to get up and go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Bill devotes $20M in hidden funds to parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Study: Calif. heat waves increasing toward coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas, a new study by climate researchers found.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAGNITUDE-4.1 QUAKE SHAKES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: YORBA LINDA (AP) - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake rolled across Southern California on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Pot dispensary shut down by feds reopening

BERKELEY (AP) - A Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary forced to shut down by the federal government in May is reopening down the street.

August 29, 2012 | | State


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No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

February 23, 2015 | | State


2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

February 22, 2015 | | State


It’s getting to be an expensive world after all

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Drought cancels Sierra ski race

TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Homicides on rise in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.

February 22, 2015 | | State


State pays $24M to settle lawsuit over building sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown's scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Californians vying for one-way trip to Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Shooting protest shuts Home Depot

EMERYVILLE (AP) - Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.

February 22, 2015 | | State


NorCal wine taster uses blindness to advantage

DAVIS (AP) - Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.

February 22, 2015 | | State


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