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Pot shops face next legal crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's medical marijuana stores, which experienced a boom in 2009 when the U.S. Department of Justice said prosecutions were a low priority and then a bust in the form of a federal crackdown, are facing another existential watershed closer to home.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Napolitano trumpets border security

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security.

February 04, 2013 | | State


State drops 8th grade algebra requirement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is abandoning an algebra requirement for eighth graders, a move already adopted by most states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


$5M award upheld against prison guard union

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a damage award of nearly $5 million against the union that represents most California prison guards.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Report says removal of 4 dams good for Klamath salmon, farms

EUREKA (AP) - A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Judge upholds removal of Point Reyes oyster farm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.

February 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

Farmworker receives $1m for mangled arm

February 04, 2013 | | State


California high court lets online stores to require personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A narrowly divided state Supreme Court ruled Monday that Apple Inc. and other online retailers can continue to require California customers making purchases with credit cards to provide personal information to combat fraud.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Will Brown parole Manson disciple?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's governor has been asked to make the final decision on whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Brown: Texas paid radio spots unlikely to sway companies to move from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A radio ad designed to convince California companies to move to Texas has sparked a throw-down between the governors of the two states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Bus passenger describes terror before SoCal crash that killed seven people

YUCAIPA (AP) - The bus full of tired tourists from Mexico was slowly winding its way down the mountain from the ski resort town of Big Bear when it suddenly picked up speed. The driver shouted to call 911 - the brakes had failed.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Good behavior in SF after Bowl loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spirit of hope and anticipation across San Francisco rapidly deteriorated Sunday to sullen disappointment after the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | State


RIDE-HAILING APPS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Hesky Kutscher needed to get across town, he didn't call a taxi. He tapped a smartphone app called Lyft, which allows users to request car rides.

February 03, 2013 | | State


New threat to prime farmland: Rapidly growing solar projects

FRESNO (AP) - There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance to gain legal status for illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

February 03, 2013 | | State


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SF Bay Area king tides flood warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are calling for minor flooding on low-lying roads, parking lots, sidewalks and trails along the coast as king tides begin to rise.

February 17, 2015 | | State


LA mayor pushes quake resiliency plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti told business leaders Tuesday he hopes to have ordinances passed this year to advance his sweeping plan to make Los Angeles resilient to major earthquakes.

February 17, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE AT LOS ANGELES COFFEE SHOP: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a man has been hospitalized in extremely critical condition after setting himself on fire in the restroom of a Los Angeles coffee shop.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Taxpayer groups slam state buying new vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state is drawing criticism from taxpayer groups for buying California's top elected officials new hybrid cars while many ordinary residents still struggle financially.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Many sex offenders killed in state prison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

February 16, 2015 | | State


West Coast ports backing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

February 16, 2015 | | State


17-year-old boy dies playing Russian roulette

CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State


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