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• Man accused of threats at SoCal Batman screening: NORWALK (AP) - A man is accused of making criminal threats at a screening of the new Batman movie at a Southern California theater.

July 24, 2012 | | State

Homeowners see jump in property taxes

SAN JOSE (AP) - Tens of thousands of California homeowners are seeing the downside of the recovering real estate market: unexpected jumps in their property tax bills.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Judge: SoCal district improperly rejected petition aimed at imposing school reforms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The effort to have parents drive school reform received a substantial boost with a court ordering a San Bernardino County school district to accept a parent petition demanding changes at a failing elementary school.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Alameda County may require pharmaceutical firms to pay for prescription drug disposal

OAKLAND (AP) - A proposed county ordinance in Northern California puts the pharmaceutical industry on the hook for not only making drugs, but also getting rid of them.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Student assistants to be let go amid California budget cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Hundreds of California student assistants will lose their jobs as the school year begins as part of a cost-cutting deal between the state and its largest public employees union.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol' as new judge, props up show with star power

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.

July 23, 2012 | | State

State news briefs

HEAD MOUSKETEER GINNY TYLER DIES AT 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Disney head Mousketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington at 86.

July 23, 2012 | | State

State park groups fret over secret fund debacle as they try to keep 70 parks open

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The irregularities at California's state parks department - and the director's resulting departure - blindsided the nonprofit groups that had been scrambling for donations to keep open 70 parks once doomed by funding shortages.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Fingerprint expert shortage causes LA backlog

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives investigating burglaries, auto thefts and other property-related crimes in Los Angeles have been forced to wait an average two to three months to get fingerprints analyzed because of an employee shortage at the Police Department's Latent Print Unit.

July 23, 2012 | | State

Bay Area briefs

Oakland ends 82-year-old ban on dance marathons

July 23, 2012 | | State

21 burned in walk over hot coals at Robbins’ motivational event

SAN JOSE (AP) - Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.

July 22, 2012 | | State

Vallejo: Mixed picture after bankruptcy

VALLEJO (AP) - Cobblestones show through the decrepit pavement in Sheila Dodson's downtown neighborhood, prostitutes ply the sidewalks in broad daylight and many of the century-old Victorians stand empty. Yet this is where Dodson wants to raise her family.

July 22, 2012 | | State

Surgeons banned from human research after failing to secure UC Davis permission

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two University of California, Davis neurosurgeons have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they were accused of experimenting on dying brain cancer patients without university permission, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

July 22, 2012 | | State

Santa Monica trailer park community threatened by upscale growth plan

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Sandwiched between a brake shop, gritty industrial buildings and a few modest storefronts is a little neighborhood that time has seemingly forgotten.

July 22, 2012 | | State

Marines create law enforcement battalions

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.

July 22, 2012 | | State

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Fresno hosts congressional hearing

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers holding signs protesting dramatic cuts to their irrigation supplies packed Fresno City Hall for a congressional hearing Wednesday, delving into the politics of California's drought crisis striking the state's agricultural heartland.

March 19, 2014 | | State

Golf club sparks ignites fires

IRVINE (AP) - Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.

March 19, 2014 | | State

Court won’t overturn booby-trap conviction

HEMET (AP) - A California appeals court has refused to overturn the conviction of a man who repeatedly tried to kill a Hemet police officer, likening his zany efforts to those of Wile E. Coyote.

March 19, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State

Mendocino sheriff’s deputy fatally shot

CLEONE (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday in a shootout with an armed suspect who fled the scene and was later found dead in an apparent suicide, authorities said.

March 19, 2014 | | State

UCD professor speaks on autism at MJC

MODESTO –The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Immune Activation in Autism" by Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., of the University of California, Davis on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Lifeguard certification courses offered through MJC program

MODESTO – Are you interested in applying for a summer job as a pool lifeguard? Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is required for these positions and you can acquire certification through a course offered by Modesto Junior College Community Education.

March 18, 2014 | | State

MJC presenting of “Two American Families”

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the film "Two American Families" on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Google redesigns Android to power smartwatches

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Jesse Jackson: Tech lacks diversity

SAN JOSE (AP) - Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting today to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Court weighs alleged misuse of jail informants

SANTA ANA (AP) - An Orange County court on Tuesday began hearing evidence on allegations that authorities used jailhouse informants in high-profile murder and gang-crime cases in violation of the suspects' constitutional rights.

March 18, 2014 | | State

UC Berkeley hires first Wikipedian- in-residence for online encyclopedia

BERKELEY (AP) - A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Students sue over alleged drug sting

CLOVIS (AP) - Two students at a Central California high school are suing the school district, claiming a school employee asked them to take part in a drug sting on campus without the consent of their parents or police, a newspaper reported.

March 18, 2014 | | State

California water officials express meager hope

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say February's rain storms pleasantly boosted the state's water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought.

March 18, 2014 | | State


• MAN SENTENCED IN BITING OF PARENTS: DALY CITY (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to felony assault in the biting of his parents when they said he couldn't see the family cat.

March 18, 2014 | | State

Drought expected to idle 800,000 acres

SACRAMENTO - The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

March 17, 2014 | | State

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