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CRABBERS STOP FISHING OVER PRICE DISPUTE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Dungeness crab fleet is refusing to fish due to a dispute over the price of the tasty crustaceans.

December 06, 2012 | | State


Report: California adult education needs restructuring, accountability

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's $2.1 billion adult education system is a disjointed hodgepodge of courses, fees and faculty and should be overhauled to make it consistent and focused statewide, the state Legislative Analyst's Office said in a report released Wednesday.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers bought cars fixed by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least a dozen California lawmakers repaired or upgraded their state-provided vehicles at taxpayers' expense in the final weeks before the one-of-its-kind perk was ending, then later bought those vehicles for personal use.

December 05, 2012 | | State


US, Mexico end trial of flying deportees home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. and Mexican governments have completed a two-month program to fly deportees deep into Mexico, and the U.S. is looking to the new administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on whether to continue the effort aimed at relieving overwhelmed Mexican border cities.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Dave Brubeck, legend who helped define jazz, dies

NEW YORK (AP) -You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Storm-batters north state, shuts Highway 1 by Jenner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The latest in a series of storms dumped more rain across Northern California and closed a major highway Wednesday, but the region is expected to dry out over the next week.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Renewed hope in California buoys Gov. Brown’s job approval rating

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded Californians to back his November tax initiative, and now they are rewarding him with a record high job-approval rating along with new faith in the state's fiscal future, according to a poll released Wednesday from the Public Policy Institute of California.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Alameda sheriff vows no drone spying

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California sheriff has vowed that his department won't use an aerial drone to spy on ordinary people, but civil liberties groups say there still needs to be some guidelines to ensure privacy.

December 05, 2012 | | State




Bay Area briefs

JAIL FOR STREET RACERS WHO KILLED WOMAN: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California judge says two street racers deserve jail time for a high-speed crash that killed a woman driving home from work.

December 05, 2012 | | State


Drenched N. California gets hit with more rain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new storm system made its way Tuesday through already drenched Northern California, prompting renewed flood concerns in parts of the region.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Sacramento mayor fined $37K over charity donations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency has fined the mayor of Sacramento for failing to report donations he solicited for charity organizations.

December 04, 2012 | | State


State energy plan make spike utility bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies, a government review panel said.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.

December 04, 2012 | | State


Demos propose using Prop. 39 funds for school energy projects

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend about $500 million a year in newly approved tax revenue on energy efficiency projects at schools in California's poorest communities.

December 04, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - 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


Lawyer: Suspect in 9-year-old niece’s molestation was sleeping at the time

MARTINEZ (AP) - The attorney for a Northern California man accused of molesting his 9-year-old niece says his client was asleep at the time.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Residents return as Sierra Nevada wildfire tamed

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Fish taken from hatcheries amid drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California's drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish.

June 17, 2014 | | State


California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


LA mayor’s F-bomb blows up worries about bad words in public

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The F-bomb that Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on Los Angeles this week has quickly mushroomed into a conundrum over just what a politician can get away with saying in public these days.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Drought closes Santa Cruz campground

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A popular campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed because a creek is too low to draw water for visitors amid California's lingering drought.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Sea rise means severe Silicon Valley Floods

EAST PALO ALTO - Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. "It was bad enough that you couldn't get out of your driveway," he said.

June 16, 2014 | By NGOC NGUYEN NEW AMERICA MEDIA | State


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