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MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDS BACK AWAY FROM UC DAVIS HOSPITAL FUNDING CUTS: DAVIS (AP) - Regulators have backed away from a threat to cut federal funding to University of California, Davis, Medical Center after a follow-up inspection determined the hospital is now complying with patient safety and care rules.

January 16, 2013 | | State


ER visits tied to energy drinks double

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man stumbled into the emergency room late one night after a house party, saying his heart wouldn't stop pounding and he could barely breathe after downing liquor mixed with energy drinks.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Police: Man who shot Galt officer was not burglar

GALT (AP) - A gunman who fatally shot a police officer before killing himself was not involved in a reported burglary at a nearby duplex, Sacramento County authorities said Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | State


UC wants more classes online to help reduce costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Immigrant groups welcome DMV study

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Immigrant advocates are welcoming a California study that found unlicensed drivers are the most hazardous motorists on the road, saying it supports their longstanding argument that denying driver's licenses for illegal immigrants has put everyone at risk.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers sense opportunity for gun control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SURF'S UP: MAVERICKS BIG WAVE CONTEST A GO: HALF MOON BAY . (AP) - Two dozen of the world's best surfers including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will travel to a big wave break called Mavericks off the Northern California coast to compete.

January 16, 2013 | | State


SJ State launches online courses for credit

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.

January 15, 2013 | | State


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Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco rec soccer field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite may raise entrance, camping fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Cal State faculty reach tentative 3-year pay deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University faculty would get a pay raise under a tentative deal reached on a three-year contract.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Santa Rosa man arrested in sledgehammer slaying

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Fair Oaks teen triumphs after diving accident

FAIR OAKS (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed from the chest down in a summer diving accident and vowed not to let it stop him from succeeding in his senior year of high school was named his school's homecoming king on Saturday night.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Archaeologists seek to uncover movie set in California sands

GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Brown pursues lasting policy legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.

October 19, 2014 | | State


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


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