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• About 2,000 Sacramento-area teachers get notices : SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 2,000 Sacramento-area teachers are wondering if they'll be losing their jobs this year.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies in Millbrae

MILBRAE (AP) - Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died, his booking agent said Sunday.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Storm makes ripe ski conditions, snow poses avalanche dangers

TRUCKEE (AP) - A late winter storm that dumped at least 6 feet of snow in parts of California's Sierra Nevada created ripe conditions Friday for snow sports enthusiasts but also posed risks for back country skiers, one of whom was killed by an avalanche.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles schools ban blindfolds for use in classroom lessons after sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has barred lessons involving blindfolds and classroom-made butter in the wake of a recent teacher sex scandal at an elementary school.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Beer stein from speaker among Brown's few gifts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown accepted just three gifts last year, in keeping with his minimalist style, according to disclosure forms filed with the state.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Birds off Southern California coast coated in oil from natural seep; no funds to help

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The International Bird Rescue center is seeing a spike in the number of birds coated with oil seeping from the ocean floor along the Southern California coast, with more than 100 brought into the center in the last two months.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Court orders Chowchilla busnapper release

March 02, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PASTOR GETS 158 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MOLESTING GIRLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A pastor of a Northern California church has been ordered to serve 158 years to life in prison for molesting five young girls that he and his wife were caring for at their home.

March 02, 2012 | | State


DVI removes symbol of prison overcrowding

TRACY (AP) - California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Oakdale Marine wanted to show partner his love

HONOLULU (AP) - Sgt. Brandon Morgan of Oakdale didn't expect to become a global phenomenon when he kissed his partner upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Orange County bank gunman had business with hostage; suspect remains in intensive care unit

BUENA PARK (AP) - A man shot and wounded by SWAT officers after a standoff at a Southern California bank was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and several homemade pipe bombs, and he knew the bank manager he held hostage, police said Friday.

March 02, 2012 | | State


LA-bound big rock to get extra push up hill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like the little engine that thought it could, the people hauling a 340-ton rock for an earthy work of art know they can get up the next hill and make it to Los Angeles.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Snow from storm exceeds forecast, but still too little too late to cover shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's finally looking like ski season in California's Sierra Nevada as a late winter storm exceeded forecasts by dumping at least 6 feet of fluff at the highest elevations.

March 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST FED POT CRACKDOWN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged U.S. attorneys' efforts to shut down pot clubs in California.

March 01, 2012 | | State


California college students, Occupy Wall Street groups protest education cuts at various campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students, educators and Occupy Wall Street activists held demonstrations Thursday across California to protest state budget cuts to education, partially shutting down at least one college campus.

March 01, 2012 | | State


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Lifeguard certification courses offered through MJC program

MODESTO – Are you interested in applying for a summer job as a pool lifeguard? Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is required for these positions and you can acquire certification through a course offered by Modesto Junior College Community Education.

March 18, 2014 | | State


MJC presenting of “Two American Families”

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the film "Two American Families" on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Google redesigns Android to power smartwatches

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Jesse Jackson: Tech lacks diversity

SAN JOSE (AP) - Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting today to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Court weighs alleged misuse of jail informants

SANTA ANA (AP) - An Orange County court on Tuesday began hearing evidence on allegations that authorities used jailhouse informants in high-profile murder and gang-crime cases in violation of the suspects' constitutional rights.

March 18, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley hires first Wikipedian- in-residence for online encyclopedia

BERKELEY (AP) - A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Students sue over alleged drug sting

CLOVIS (AP) - Two students at a Central California high school are suing the school district, claiming a school employee asked them to take part in a drug sting on campus without the consent of their parents or police, a newspaper reported.

March 18, 2014 | | State


California water officials express meager hope

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say February's rain storms pleasantly boosted the state's water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought.

March 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SENTENCED IN BITING OF PARENTS: DALY CITY (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to felony assault in the biting of his parents when they said he couldn't see the family cat.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Drought expected to idle 800,000 acres

SACRAMENTO - The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Brothers convicted of molesting kids they bribed with candy, ice cream

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two Orange County brothers have pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting 3- and 7-year-old neighbor girls who were bribed to keep quiet with candy and ice cream.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Dems scrap affirmative action repeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state's higher education system.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles at 4.4 magnitude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

March 17, 2014 | | State


GOP entrepreneur’s push for ballot measure for $12 minimum wage stalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attempt to persuade California voters this year to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest among states, stalled Monday after its chief supporter announced he was struggling to qualify the proposal for the ballot.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Park officials oppose plan to rename Yosemite peak after John Fremont

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A plan to rename a Yosemite National Park peak after the wife of 19th century explorer John Fremont is running into opposition from the National Park Service, which says it does not support the commemorative naming of landscape features in national parks, a newspaper reported.

March 17, 2014 | | State


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