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SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED MAN OVER MUSIC CAUGHT: RICHMOND (AP) - A Contra Costa County man who eluded capture for four years after allegedly shooting his neighbor to death in a dispute over loud music has been arraigned on murder charges.

April 25, 2013 | | State


State bill would let legal non-citizens serve on juries

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.

April 25, 2013 | | State


Funding plan would mean cuts to NorCal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state Judicial Council is weighing a new formula for distributing more than $1 billion in state funding for California's 58 trial courts that would take money from some court systems and give it to rural and fast-growing counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino.

April 25, 2013 | | State


Transit app can estimate crowds on BART trains

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters might be able to avoid crowded trains - or at least find slightly less crowded ones - with a glance at their smartphones.

April 25, 2013 | | State


Senate advances bill to tax Internet sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved closer Thursday to passing a bill to tax purchases made over the Internet. But a final vote in the Senate was delayed until senators return from a weeklong vacation.

April 25, 2013 | | State


Racist video stirs anger on UC Irvine campus

IRVINE (AP) - The University of California, Irvine, is investigating a video that shows a member of an Asian-American fraternity dancing in blackface after the clip sparked outrage on campus, a university official said Thursday.

April 25, 2013 | | State


SF firefighter makes $221,000 in OT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco firefighters are raking in six-figure overtime paychecks because of staffing shortages that have department managers scheduling numerous extra shifts, a newspaper reported.

April 25, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GOODWILL AGREES TO SETTLE SOCAL SEX BIAS CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Goodwill Industries of Southern California has agreed to settle federal allegations that it discriminated against men in hiring.

April 25, 2013 | | State


L.A. tops cities with worst traffic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation and it's gotten worse as the economy improves, according to a report released Wednesday.

April 24, 2013 | | State


209 News

PIT BULLS KILL NEARLY 200 GOATS: FRENCH CAMP - Concerned residents and workers at a French Camp livestock auction yard are worried that a pack of pit bulls will return to attack their animals.

April 24, 2013 | | State


Bolts on Bay Bridge that haven't failed may go

OAKLAND (AP) - Long seismic safety bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that haven't failed may have to be replaced nonetheless, a regional transportation official said Wednesday.

April 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GROCER TRIES TO PROFIT OFF BOTCHED BURGLARY: REDDING (AP) - A Northern California grocery store owner is trying to profit from a suspected thief's botched burglary attempt that was caught on video and went viral.

April 24, 2013 | | State


2 a.m. still last call for alcohol in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have permitted bartenders to serve drinks until 4 a.m., two hours later than the current last call for alcohol.

April 24, 2013 | | State


Educators sued over English instruction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren't getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

April 24, 2013 | | State


Bills would expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - More than a century ago John Muir argued that Congress should include a wildlife corridor with stunning vistas of the Merced River in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. He lost to timber interests.

April 23, 2013 | | State


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Vet reaches $4.5M settlement with Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California guardsmen get prison for gun theft

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two former members of the California National Guard have been sentenced to federal prison for selling two assault rifles they stole from an armory, federal prosecutors said Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


Student files claim over racial abuse

SAN JOSE (AP) - A black student who says his suite mates at a California university put a bike lock around his neck and racially harassed him has filed a $5 million claim against the school.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California unemployment drops to 8%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


76 pounds of meth found in Madera raid

MADERA (AP) - Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

March 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN JOSE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SPARKS COMPLAINT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California is top crime target in US

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Sony unveils virtual reality goggles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Regulators restrict sale of rat poisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.

March 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT UC IRVINE GRADUATION CEREMONY: IRVINE (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at the University of California, Irvine, commencement in June after students and staff delivered thousands of postcards requesting him, officials said Thursday.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Raped sex workers get compensation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board on Thursday granted 14 rape victims who had been working as prostitutes the right to be compensated, the first such action since it reversed its policy on the issue last year.

March 20, 2014 | | State


3rd-grader allegedly sexually attacked boy in classroom

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police and child-welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Man who killed deputy suspect in second case

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who killed a California deputy after a carjacking and attack at a tourist attraction is also a suspect in the slaying of a retired Oregon educator, police said Thursday.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Park service: Project would harm preserve

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Illegals found hidden in box under RV

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officials say three adult Mexican immigrants were found inside a wooden box carried under a recreational vehicle stopped at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.

March 20, 2014 | | State


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