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OAKLAND MAY HIRE CONTRACT POLICE OFFICERS: OAKLAND (AP) - The undermanned Oakland Police Department may contract with outside law enforcement agencies to patrol its crime-ridden streets.

October 18, 2012 | | State


Pioneering pol Dymally remembered at service

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally, who in a four-decade career served in every corner of California government and eventually became the state's highest-ranking black politician, was honored at a funeral Wednesday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the elite of California state government.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Fire threatens 100 homes near Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A California wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Fired 'Gangnam Style' lifeguards to get jobs back in El Monte

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen lifeguards fired last month after appearing in uniform at the city pool in a parody of "Gangnam Style," the Korean pop music video that has been viewed hundreds of millions of time online, are getting their jobs back.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.

October 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.

October 17, 2012 | | State


California foreclosure notices fall to5-year low from July thru September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Sen. Mitchell appointment in PG&E blast opposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators' decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over a deadly pipeline explosion, calling the process an unfair backroom deal.

October 17, 2012 | | State


LA County assessor arrested in corruption case involving lowering property taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.

October 17, 2012 | | State


SEC launches inquiry of bankrupt San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the finances of San Bernardino as the city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Brown pushes college students to back tax hike via Prop 30 on Nov. 6 ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facing a high-risk election next month, Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a campaign swing Tuesday to win support for a proposed tax increase that he promises will invigorate California universities trapped in cycles of cutbacks and tuition increases.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Conservation groups sue over fracking

OAKLAND (AP) - Conservation groups are suing California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study the practice's environmental impacts.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Health shift will affect 860,000 children

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's top health care official told lawmakers Tuesday she is confident the state can eliminate a health insurance program serving more than 860,000 children from low-income families without disrupting the quality of their care.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Court hears arguments in clean fuels case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a case seeking to stop California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, federal justices on Tuesday focused their questions on whether the law discriminates against out-of-state businesses.

October 16, 2012 | | State


SF phonebook ban in trouble after ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court decision striking down restrictions on the distribution of Yellow Pages in Seattle has imperiled San Francisco's own phonebook ban.

October 16, 2012 | | State


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State Supreme Court nominee confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown - a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Man who shot 100-plus times at officers named

AUBURN (AP) - A 53-year-old Northern California man was identified Monday as the person who was killed by a sheriff's deputy after firing more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Billboard of gun-toting Santa draws controversy in Chico

CHICO (AP) - A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.

December 22, 2014 | | State


PG&E-CPUC CONSPIRACY?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators.

December 22, 2014 | | State


2 men indicted in deadly Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Extremely high tides hit NorCal coastal areasd

MONTEREY (AP) - A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Stanford students design paddles to climb glass walls

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Window washer to leave hospital

OAKLAND (AP) - A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Just how safe are driverless cars?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

December 21, 2014 | | State


Roseville students accused of hate crime

ROSEVILLE . (AP) - A group of high school students is suspected of a hate crime after officials say the teens spread cotton balls on the front lawn of an African-American classmate's home.

December 21, 2014 | | State


CHP officer kills teen after machete attack

WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.

December 21, 2014 | | State


Storms expose rare fossils on beaches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The storms that struck California this month have led to the discovery of fossils on beaches and mountains along the Pacific Coast that date back anywhere from 5,000 to 10 million years, according to a news report.

December 21, 2014 | | State


High-tide warning on coast

MONTEREY (AP) - Officials warn boaters and beachgoers to be especially careful of high tides along the California coast.

December 21, 2014 | | State


State unemployment rate dips to 7.2%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

December 19, 2014 | | State


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