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Youth martial art sparks safety concerns in State Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Internet video shows two elementary school-age children, wearing athletic clothes and protective gear on their shins, sparring and wrestling in an enclosed ring. There's an audience looking on as the young fighters weave and jab, striking each other repeatedly.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Fight to end unpaid internships

LOS ANGELS (AP) - A nascent campaign against employers' use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice's biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley patent office shelved

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Filner ends tenure as San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bob Filner ended his brief but tumultuous tenure as mayor Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, making no public appearances on a final day that came one week after a defiant farewell speech in which the onetime civil rights activist called himself the victim of a "lynch mob."

August 30, 2013 | | State


SF Bay Bridge construction on schedule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Final construction work on the new, $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on schedule Friday, but bridge officials had not yet confirmed when it will open to traffic.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Oldest person in California dies away at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA'S FOIE GRAS BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire smoke makes SJ Valley air unhealthy

GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday and some small communities in the mountainous area were no longer under evacuation advisories, but smoke descending down into San Joaquin Valley cities was becoming a problem.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Support staff must back charter school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

OAKLAND (AP) - A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Embezzler was hired by high-speed rail agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority - and she said nobody asked about her background.

August 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

SAN JOSE\ (AP) - Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

August 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY CARS ON S. CAL FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who jumped, fell or was pushed from a car on a Southern California freeway was killed when several other cars hit her Thursday morning, and investigators were treating her death as a homicide, police said.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Fewer schools meet performance targets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Traffic sluggish after Bay Bridge closes for fixes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.

August 29, 2013 | | State


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Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

October 17, 2014 | | State


25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bird deaths in plant’s ponds investigated

BLYTHE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating as many as 60 bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate dips to 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September even as the number of jobs in the state dipped by 9,800.

October 17, 2014 | | State


US marshal arrested in marijuana robbery

YUBA CITY (AP) - A deputy U.S. marshal is accused of stealing roughly 24 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from three people parked at a Northern California motel.

October 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TOP-SECRET SPACE PLANE LANDS ON CALIFORNIA COAST: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bank robbery hostage begged for her life

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and killed by police in an ensuing shootout begged for her life as she was dragged away by kidnappers, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 16, 2014 | | State


College ropes off building amid false Ebola scare

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fears about the Ebola virus prompted officials to rope off a college classroom building for several hours Thursday in San Diego County after a student told her instructor that her sister was in a hospital with flu-like symptoms.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Health exchange preps for second round

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Thursday that it is learning from past mistakes by adding staff and capacity in preparation for the second round of open enrollment next month.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Maui birthday invite washes ashore in SoCal

PISMO BEACH (AP) - A Central California beach outing has turned into a mystery after a bottle turned up with an invitation to a party in Hawaii - four years ago.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Secret PG&E, CPUC talks banned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's public utilities commission should stop all back-channel contact between commission members and the state's largest utility for at least a year, a judge ruled Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Arguments made in ex-dictator’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani cited his own experience as a public figure while arguing Thursday that a lawsuit by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against video game maker Activision should be dismissed.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Winter not expected to end drought

FRESNO (AP) - Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the worsening drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


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