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Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Truckee River flows peak, 3rd lowest in four decades

TRUCKEE (AP) - Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.

May 06, 2013 | | State


If you buy over Internet you’re probably a tax cheat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Central Coast rancher wins right to help homeless after court fight

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A Central Coast rancher and local hero to the homeless vowed to finally to build the Sunny Acres sober living facility after more than a decade in court and conflicts.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set; youngest member now 65 years old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• 2 DEAD, 5 HURT AFTER VAN CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 99: FRESNO (AP) - Two men died and five others were hospitalized with injuries early Saturday after a van carrying farmworkers overturned on a Fresno highway, authorities said.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown, Demos in Medicaid expansion tiff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Divers search reservoirs for murder clues

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Divers are searching two reservoirs and detectives are knocking on doors in Calaveras County as the investigation continues into the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fourth abalone diver dies in NorCal waters

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A diver died Saturday in the quest for abalone that has claimed three other lives in the waters off Northern California the past week.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cellphone thefts accounts for half of all SF robberies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Beach bonfire spat gets hot in Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Anna Abderhalden and her siblings woke before dawn to stake a claim to a coveted beachfront spot where bonfires blaze each night as a rite of summer in this surf-crazy Southern California city.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Fever hits thousands in Valley

FRESNO (AP) - California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Cooler weather aids fight against wildfire

CAMARILLO. (AP) - Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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10-year-old graduates high school with 4.0 grade point

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Mental health key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 10, 2014 | | State


State plans death row mental health unit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Northern California tribe in tense dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities were back Tuesday at a Native American casino in Northern California that's at the center of an ongoing tense tribal dispute.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Perry brings fight for Tesla factory to California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bid by Texas to lure a Tesla battery factory brought that state's salesman-in-chief to the doorstep of California's state Capitol on Tuesday - and to underscore the point, he arrived in one of the automaker's sleek, all-electric vehicles.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Asparagus Festival calls it quits

STOCKTON (AP) - Organizers of Stockton's Asparagus Festival say they're calling it quits after 29 years.

June 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN DOG DEATH: BELMONT (AP) - A man has been arrested after his German shepherd was found unresponsive in a hot truck in the San Francisco Bay Area and later died.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Judge strikes down teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students - especially poor and minority ones - by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Close races remain a week after primary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The race for state controller, in which two Democrats are vying for second place, remained up in the air on Tuesday along with several other contests, a week after California's statewide primary.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Tehama County voters OK advisory secession measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tehama County voters have approved an advisory measure about whether to create a 51st state.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Tenure foe says public schools must improve

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man behind the successful lawsuit to declare California's teacher-tenure laws unconstitutional is a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur who says he has no gripe with teachers unions, only with incompetent teachers.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Dunkin’ Donuts building Modesto location

MODESTO (AP) - Dunkin' Donuts is moving ahead on its plan to expand into California.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Demos, governor debate budget total

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As budget talks enter the final week, Democratic state lawmakers have been pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to accept higher revenue projections so more money can go toward restoring social services.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Teacher suspended after arrest for kidnapping students

ALTADENA (AP) - A veteran Southern California high school teacher accused of asking three students for a ride, holding a knife on them and ordering them to take him to a fast-food restaurant, was suspended Monday and remained in custody, officials said.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Area falls short in water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent appears to have fallen on deaf ears - at least in the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 09, 2014 | | State


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