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Gov. Brown signs bill giving juveniles with life sentences a chance at release

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced signing a bill that could one day bring the release of some criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Officials mull seismic tests near PG&E nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to use an array of powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials juggling concerns over marine life with public safety.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State to require note from doctors as waiver for unvaccinated students

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who don't have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor's office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law.

September 30, 2012 | | State


LA drivers steer clear of ‘Carmageddon’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The demolition of a bridge that forced the weekend closure of one of the nation's busiest freeways is on schedule, while many Los Angeles drivers heeded warnings to steer clear of the area, and officials expect to reopen the lanes as planned Monday morning.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Police arrest mom, say she used child to shoplift

SAN JOSE (AP) - A mother accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to shoplift groceries in Northern California and then abandoning the child when store employees intervened has been arrested in Nevada, according to police.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• BROWN VETOES BILL BANNING CELLPHONE DISRUPTION: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned agencies from disrupting cellphone service without a court order.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


SoCal man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases; never told authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CYCLISTS RIDE FOR CRITICAL MASS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A throng of cyclists has hit the streets of San Francisco, where hundreds, likely thousands of people are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the raucous, leaderless ride and street party known as "Critical Mass."

September 28, 2012 | | State


Oakland to reduce black student suspension rates

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has agreed to allow federal officials to monitor the district's efforts to reduce the disproportionately high suspension rates of African-American students.

September 28, 2012 | | State


BART installs quake early-warning system

OAKLAND (AP) - A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations put on hold under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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Pandora founder’s vacation home plans rile Marin town

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Eureka voters nix hiking minimum

EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Oversight of nursing home chains lacking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Homeless advocates stage subway protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.

November 09, 2014 | | State


DeMaio concedes San Diego House race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Immigrant lawyer hopes to inspire others

CHICO (AP) - Sergio Garcia is a civil litigation lawyer in California who represents clients in car accidents.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Fresno mom files claim over girl’s school special ed ‘cage’

FRESNO (AP) - The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim - the precursor to a lawsuit - against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge wrong-way driver arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 32-year-old woman whom authorities say drove the wrong way and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Prisoners freed quickly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot measure passed by voters this week is already freeing California suspects from jail as their felony charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and people previously convicted of the charges receive reduced sentences as they appear in court.

November 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E backs out of Oakley power plant

OAKLEY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is backing out of plans for a power plant in a Contra Costa County city.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Subway extension to Beverly Hills breaks ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The subway is coming to Beverly Hills.

November 07, 2014 | | State


GOP blocks Democratic legislative supermajorities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republicans scored a major election victory on Friday by blocking Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature after flipping an Assembly seat in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Man arrested after calf found in back seat of his car

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police in Southern California have arrested a suspected calf rustler after the animal was found in the back seat of his car.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Jerry McNerney retains House seat

STOCKTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney has won re-election to his Northern California congressional seat after a strong challenge from Republican Tony Amador in a race that was not expected to be so close before Election Day.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Victims group sues over slow executions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A victims' rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.

November 06, 2014 | | State


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