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UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Chevron paying $2M in refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Brown orders inquiry, averts BART strike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in a labor contract dispute, but the clock began ticking again with the potential for another strike in less than a week.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Salinas: 9 killings in 12 days

SALINAS (AP) - A 21-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of opening fire outside a Salinas taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing two people and injuring five others in the city that has seen nine killings in 12 days.

August 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAY AREA BUS DRIVERS GIVE STRIKE NOTICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union employees of a San Francisco Bay Area bus system say they will walk off the job this week if they don't reach a contract deal.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Powerful water district backs tunnel plan

FIVE POINTS (AP) - As a giant harvesting machine uprooted and sucked in hundreds of tomato plants a row at a time, Dan Errotabere contemplated massive strips of bare land on his farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


BART labor talks continue as planned strike looms today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders returned to the bargaining table Sunday in hopes of heading off a strike that would create traffic nightmares for San Francisco area commuters for the second time in a month.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Driver accelerated into crowd

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The driver parked outside a hotel and surveyed the leisurely summer scene at the Venice Beach boardwalk: Hundreds of people were sitting at cafes, walking along the seashore or shopping at vendors selling jewelry or art.

August 04, 2013 | | State


San Diego mayor begins 2-week therapy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Therapists say admitting one has a problem is the first step toward recovery. For San Diego Mayor Bob Filner that could be tricky.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Implosion shrapnel injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators that had gathered in California's Central Valley to watch it come down, officials said.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Toddler badly burned in hash explosion

EUREKA (AP) - Eureka authorities say a 2-year-old boy was badly burned and his parents were arrested following an explosion in an apartment where hash was being produced.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Oil companies frack in coastal waters as regulators ponder special permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

August 04, 2013 | | State


FBI probes burglary at pheasant farm

RIVERSIDE (AP) - An FBI terrorism task force is investigating after an animal rights group took responsibility for cutting open fencing and releasing birds from a Southern California pheasant farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Convicts wearing GPS went unsupervised

SANTA ANA (AP) - A memo from Orange County probation officials shows that more than a dozen convicts required to wear GPS units were left unsupervised for days.

August 04, 2013 | | State


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Michaels leaving ‘Loser’ for 3rd time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jillian Michaels is exiting "The Biggest Loser," NBC and the producer of the weight-loss competition series said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE STATE

• SUBWAY PROJECT REACHES MILESTONE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The construction of a $1.6 billion subway through San Francisco's Chinatown has reached a milestone. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that crews finished digging the tunnel for the Central Subway earlier this month. John Funghi, the subway's project manager, says the excavation was completed on time and within budget. The 1.7-mile subway will connect the city's South of Market and North Beach neighborhoods. Next up is station construction and the installation of tracks, overhead wires and electronic systems. Train service through the tunnel is expected to start in ...

June 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS THE STATE

• Suspect in Northern California standoff found dead: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers found a man suspected of shooting multiple rounds in his neighborhood dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a roughly eight-hour standoff. The Fairfield police SWAT team entered the suspect's home at 8:39 p.m. Monday. They killed an aggressive dog after a stun gun failed to subdue it and then found the man dead upstairs. He has not been identified.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney defends security officer who hit student

OAKLAND (AP) - A student in a wheelchair who was seen on surveillance footage being repeatedly slapped by a Northern California high school security officer bears some responsibility for the incident, the security officer's attorney said.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers’ pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

June 24, 2014 | | State


15 medical professionals indicted in $25M scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NTSB faults pilot in Asiana flight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers modify sex-assault bill targeting teens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Auditor finds four campus’ sexual assault efforts inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Stores don’t have to carry defibrillators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | | State


No ‘Monkey’ business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Agencies crack down on child sex trafficking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Drought helping in fight against sudden oak death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.

June 23, 2014 | | State


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