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• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

November 07, 2012 | | State


With win, Brown takes next step in pledge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a big step toward delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix the state's perpetual budget deficits and to raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters split: Keep death penalty but pare back Three Strikes offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters appeared to be of two minds on criminal justice issues put to them on this year's ballot.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Guadalupe voters nix changing city name

GUADALUPE (AP) - Residents of Guadalupe have rejected a measure that would have changed the city's name to Guadalupe Beach, although the place is actually five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Unions make statement in defeat of Prop. 32

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November 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative results

Voters approved five of the 11 statewide ballot propositions in Tuesday's election. The voting breakdown:

November 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain supermajority in California Senate for passing taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday's election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Schools to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Santa Cruz wins free-speech case over Nazi salute

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A federal jury has determined that the rights of a critic of the Santa Cruz City Council were not violated when he was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated

November 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEFENDANT STABS LAWYER IN TULARE COUNTY COURTROOM: VISALIA (AP) - Tulare County authorities say a murder suspect stabbed his attorney in the face in the county's second courtroom attack in one week.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto boy returns to school after DNA flap

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A California sixth-grader was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced district officials they didn't need to worry about his genes.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Fresno shooting suspect was 'methodical'

FRESNO (AP) - A parolee who killed two people and wounded two others on Tuesday at a California chicken processing plant where he worked moved methodically between his first three victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck before pulling the trigger, police said.

November 06, 2012 | | State


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Police officer hurt during Oakland march

OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Cemeteries work to cope with drought

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Water bond not a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Bay Area loses water to leaky pipes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing in SoCal

SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Group protests return of deputy who killed teen in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of demonstrators in Northern California protested the return to work of a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Tourist shot in leg walking in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say one person is in custody after a tourist was shot in the leg while walking with his wife.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

August 15, 2014 | | State


LA looks into making ballot bankable

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Ruling: Silence can be used against suspects in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Thousands of pot plants ripped out of park near high school

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Bond signals historic compromise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The $7.5 billion water package brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders signals a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has bedeviled California governors and lawmakers for decades.

August 14, 2014 | | State


SF officials weighing fix for Hetch Hetchy tunnel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is hiring outside consultants to help it decide whether it should repair or entirely replace an 89-year-old tunnel that is a vital part of the Hetch Hetchy water system supplying 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Kern deputy pleads in crash that killed 2

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A Kern County sheriff's deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Bill would add ‘parent’ box to birth certificates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that would make California the latest state to modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents, but not before generating criticism from a Republican lawmaker.

August 14, 2014 | | State


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