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As fire fight rages, work starts to protect habitat before rain starts

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season beings.

September 06, 2013 | | State


'Twerking' records to be expunged

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego school district has agreed to expunge the records of 31 high school students who were suspended for making an on-campus video featuring "twerking" dance moves.

September 06, 2013 | | State


Veterans charity settles excessive spending suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California veteran's charity that supplies arts and crafts to hospitalized servicemen and women agreed Friday to pay $2.45 million and purge its leadership to settle a lawsuit filed by the state alleging misuse of funds.

September 06, 2013 | | State


SF parks worker arrested in fatal hit and run mishap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco parks worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of a Zen monk who was run over by a maintenance vehicle while relaxing with her young daughter and dog in a park.

September 06, 2013 | | State


2 NBA arena bills await fate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.

September 05, 2013 | | State


Briefs

POLICE ARREST 21 PEOPLE IN LA WAL-MART PROTEST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy, in a downtown rally Thursday.

September 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY SF CITY VEHICLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say a woman died after she was struck by a city maintenance vehicle in a park.

September 05, 2013 | | State


Siskiyou votes for secession from state

YREKA (AP) - Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Tsunami would swamp state’s economy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska's coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation's busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Senate panel backs plan to increase prison rehab

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Immigrant fights to become lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 | | State


State may drop STAR tests for new tests taken on computers

BERKELEY . (AP) - California education officials proposed Wednesday to immediately do away with the standardized reading, math and social science tests used to measure student learning and school performance since the late 1990s.

September 04, 2013 | | State


LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

September 03, 2013 | | State


$428M spent on waterway trash-fighting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California communities are spending $428 million dollars a year to keep plastic and other trash off the streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report.

September 03, 2013 | | State


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CEO Whitman takes chairman post at HP

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Marvel unveils black Captain America

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Bald eagles expand in California islands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Studio distances itself from ‘Compton’ casting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanvill

SUSANVILLE (AP) - California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Drought doesn’t end brown lawn warnings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

July 17, 2014 | | State


River ruling could boost regulation of groundwater

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July 17, 2014 | | State


Bank settles in political fraud case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Woman beaten by CHP officer sues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Body found in area of NorCal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Complacency drives hike in water use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


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