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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


Preacher concedes apocalypse prediction wrong; says he’ll stop trying to pinpoint day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California preacher who convinced thousands of followers that the world would end has posted an online letter conceding he has no evidence of an impending apocalypse and will no longer predict global doom.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART service cuts unlikely

March 09, 2012 | | State


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Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


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