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Audit finds problems with specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Settlement reached in bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Man charged after alleged naked crawl through dog door

PERRIS (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure after he allegedly crawled naked through a neighbor's dog door to seek sex.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Panel affirms firing of Stockton teacher over her porn sites

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials have affirmed a Stockton school district's decision to fire a 37-year-old high school teacher accused of using a school-issued laptop to help set up pornographic websites.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs money for gun-seizure program taking aim at felons, others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's one-of-a-kind program to seize guns from felons, the mentally unstable and others prohibited from owning them is close to receiving more money after an Assembly vote Thursday.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF. BOY HURT IN BOSTON BOMBINGS MAY LEAVE ICU: MARTINEZ (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old Northern California boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings says he has taken a huge step forward.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge bolt problems noted years ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

April 17, 2013 | | State


School couldn't expel accused teens

SARATOGA. (AP) - A school superintendent said Wednesday that officials could not expel three teenage boys charged with sexually battering a classmate at a party last fall, even after she hanged herself and her family complained that a humiliating photo of the assault was being circulated.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Army allowed police shooter to resign

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.

April 17, 2013 | | State


209 News

BOY ARRESTED WITH GUN AT LODI SCHOOL: LODI - A 13-year-old boy is in juvenile hall after being found with a .22 caliber revolver and four bullets at his Lodi school Tuesday, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Democrats push wide-ranging gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took their first step toward moving a gun control legislative package Tuesday, following similar tough firearm and ammunition restrictions enacted in several other states in the wake of recent shooting rampages.

April 16, 2013 | | State


LA sheriff's commander disciplined over using mock Asian voice ringtone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's commander has been disciplined for having a ringtone with a mock Asian voice and for comments he made after his personal cellphone rang during a meeting with top brass.

April 16, 2013 | | State


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UC postpones tuition increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday she is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good-faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Tougher water restrictions eyed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As the California drought drags on, water officials are considering expanding mandatory outdoor water restrictions on homeowners and adding new limits on restaurants, hotels and decorative fountains.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Port talks focus on arbitrator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The labor-management standoff that is disrupting billions of dollars of international trade at West Coast seaports now centers on the future of one man who resolves workplace disputes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

February 17, 2015 | | State


1.4 M Californians sign up in second health enrollment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 1.4 million Californians have either signed up or renewed their coverage for individual private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, a state official said Tuesday.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Police chief fired over stolen gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A small California town has fired its police chief over his handling of an investigation into a sergeant accused of having his gun, badge and handcuffs stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel.

February 17, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area king tides flood warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are calling for minor flooding on low-lying roads, parking lots, sidewalks and trails along the coast as king tides begin to rise.

February 17, 2015 | | State


LA mayor pushes quake resiliency plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti told business leaders Tuesday he hopes to have ordinances passed this year to advance his sweeping plan to make Los Angeles resilient to major earthquakes.

February 17, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE AT LOS ANGELES COFFEE SHOP: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a man has been hospitalized in extremely critical condition after setting himself on fire in the restroom of a Los Angeles coffee shop.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Taxpayer groups slam state buying new vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state is drawing criticism from taxpayer groups for buying California's top elected officials new hybrid cars while many ordinary residents still struggle financially.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Many sex offenders killed in state prison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

February 16, 2015 | | State


West Coast ports backing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

February 16, 2015 | | State


17-year-old boy dies playing Russian roulette

CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


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