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BART staff recommends Canadian firm for new cars

April 24, 2012 | | State


Plan calls for halting prison construction, bring inmates shipped out of state back

SACRAMENTO .(AP) - California prison officials released a wide-ranging reorganization plan Monday that calls for halting a $4 billion prison-construction program and bringing back all inmates held out of state.

April 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

3 HURT AS AMBULANCE, GARBAGE TRUCK COLLIDE IN LA: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say an ambulance from the Los Angeles Fire Department and a garbage truck have collided, sending the two firefighters in the ambulance and the driver of the truck to the hospital.

April 23, 2012 | | State


LA teacher named National Teacher of Year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A seventh-grade English teacher in suburban Los Angeles known for inspiring students with creative lessons was named 2012 National Teacher of the Year on Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | State


PG&E seeks to avoid paying punitive damages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. wants to avoid paying punitive damages to survivors of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, claiming in recent court filings that the blast was an accident rather than the result of mismanagement.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Starbucks to open on Disney properties

ANAHEIM (AP) - Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth."

April 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Yahoo president settles divorce after long & bitter tiff

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former president of Yahoo and her husband reached a settlement Monday in their long-running divorce involving about $71 million in real estate, stock, cash and other assets.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Nuclear plant developing plan to go back online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the idled San Onofre nuclear plant said Monday it is closing in on figuring out why hundreds of steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Measure to ban death penalty qualifies for November ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A measure to abolish California's death penalty qualified for the November ballot on Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

HEARING TO SET PROCEDURES IN SHERIFF'S ETHICS CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city ethics commission plans to set the ground rules Monday for the misconduct case against Ross Mirkarimi, the sheriff who was suspended after being charged with domestic violence.

April 23, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

SLAIN NORCAL CARJACKING SUSPECT HAD TROUBLED PAST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man fatally shot by police after leading officers on a 14-hour manhunt that shut down one of Northern California's busiest freeways had a criminal past and struggled with addiction.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Scout troop rescued when temps top 90

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hot and tired members of a Southern California Boy Scout troop were rescued during a 10-mile hike after temperatures topped 90 degrees.

April 22, 2012 | | State


More officers seek counseling after big incidents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two mass killings just 10 days apart sent spasms of shock through the San Francisco Bay area and also took a toll on the police officers who had to sort out the carnage.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies after vote 15 years ago

BERKELEY (AP) - Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't?

April 22, 2012 | | State


Document: PG&E noted weld defects on pipeline years before explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An old memo just revealed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to California pipeline regulators indicates the company had noted weld defects on the same line that exploded in San Bruno in 2010 years before the fatal blast occurred.

April 22, 2012 | | State


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Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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