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Quake backup power probed at ailing San Onofre nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that might have temporarily cut off the plant's emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.

May 29, 2012 | | State


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GOVERNOR ORDERS AUDIT OF SPECIALTY PLATE PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered an audit of California's specialty license plate program after a review by The Associated Press found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Legislation would allow sports wagering at California card rooms, race tracks, casinos

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would be in a position to allow sports betting at race tracks, card rooms and casinos under a bill approved by the state Senate.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State 9/11 fund raided for deficits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

May 29, 2012 | | State


Measure would protect workplace religious freedom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Oakland police, ATF nab 90 suspects, 100 guns in operation

OAKLAND (AP) - Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that nearly 100 guns and dozens of violent criminals have been taken off the streets of Oakland as part of an ongoing multiagency crackdown involving undercover federal and local officers.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUSTIN BIEBER WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN SCUFFLE: CALABASAS (AP) - Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley entrepreneur lived at AOL office complex for more than two months

PALO ALTO (AP) - Some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs are known for their humble beginnings. Internet startup founder Eric Simons is following that tradition.

May 28, 2012 | | State


UCLA faculty votes on privatizing business school to break free of state funding ebbs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal that would privatize the University of California Los Angeles' business school but allow it to remain affiliated with the state university is moving ahead.

May 28, 2012 | | State


List of US national parks with highest smog levels

FRESNO (AP) - Sequoia National Park, home to the giant redwoods, suffers the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. Here are the parks in the National Park Service system with the highest smog levels and the number of days monitors recorded violations last year:

May 28, 2012 | | State


Sequoia smog damaging pines, redwood seedlings

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural heartland to the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers work together to keep state parks open amid budget woes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have a hard time agreeing on most budget matters, but the effort to keep state parks open is encouraging rare bipartisan deal-making.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Newspaper finds apparent Bay Bridge work defects; Caltrans not worried

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper reported Sunday that it has found records of an apparent defect in the construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Final voyage: USS Iowa on way to SoCal home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A famed battleship that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage.

May 28, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.

June 23, 2014 | | State


VA falls short on female medical issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Checking in: ABA says lawyers allowed to scour jurors’ social media sites

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.

June 22, 2014 | | State


US overseas missile test a direct hit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Alleged San Diego vandal accused of tagging court

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County authorities have filed new charges against a suspected vandal they believe scrawled graffiti in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted.

June 19, 2014 | | State


LA law that bars living in cars overtuned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.

June 19, 2014 | | State


US revamps screening of sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Is state illegally sterilizing inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | State


State board awards $29 million in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newly created state board awarded nearly $29 million in income tax credits on Thursday for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers sneak in solar tax deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Women reach $14M deal in sex case

MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Stowaway can’t believe he survived

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Burning bannedon 31 million acres

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State funding wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California forestry officials intend to give counties and organizations money raised through a contested assessment on property in wildfire-prone areas to be used for fire-prevention projects.

June 17, 2014 | | State


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