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GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Illegals driver's license bill in limbo

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would expand role of pharmacists in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Forecast: California to outpace nation in job growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bill grants overtime for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Richmond moves ahead with eminent domain plan

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.

September 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Valley fever hospitalizations increase

FRESNO (AP) - The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation that is one step away from the governor's desk.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Senate approves dropping STAR tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

September 10, 2013 | | State


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Demos make public push for water bond

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders made a public push Tuesday for their latest plan to pay for water projects a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Coroner: Robin Williams died by hanging

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


State offers workers generous plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Chief: Police killed Stockton robbery hostage

STOCKTON (AP) - A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gunbattle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfires threaten homes

ETNA (AP) - Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Bill could boost vehicle fees for fingerprint ID programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs under a bill that advanced to the governor's desk Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | State


State high court blocks measure from ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday blocked an advisory measure backed by Democrats from the November ballot.

August 11, 2014 | | State


‘Miracle’ no one hurt in Fresno plane crash

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno fire battalion chief says it's "nothing short of a miracle" no one was hurt and no cars were hit when a small plane with a pilot and his two daughters aboard crash-landed and hit two fences on a street near an airport.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Deal near on new state water bond

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they are closing in on a deal to overhaul a water bond on the November ballot, but their replacement plan still needs support from Republicans.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Riverside crime spree starts at McDonalds

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A man threatened to blow himself up, rammed two cars in a McDonald's drive-thru, led police on a chase and ran from his burning van in a crime rampage that ended when a police dog captured him, Riverside police say.

August 11, 2014 | | State


California spends big on housing, little on energy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California consumers rank among the nation's biggest spenders on housing and the lowest spenders on energy, according to new government data.

August 08, 2014 | | State


$324.5M tech wage settlement rejected

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Ex-candidate for governor arrested in valley shooting

FRESNO (AP) - A man who ran an unlikely campaign for governor of California earlier this year has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor in the stomach and killing a horse, officials said Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Police: Mother molests 2 young daughters, sends photos to prisoner

HIGHLAND (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Southern California woman they say molested her two young daughters and sent the photos to a prisoner serving a life sentence.

August 08, 2014 | | State


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