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Brown plan may not improve grad rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to increase higher education funding lacks mechanisms to ensure the extra money will result in improved graduation and enrollment rates, according to a report by the state Legislative Analyst's Office released Tuesday.

February 12, 2013 | | State

PETA critical of condor escape at hockey game

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the minor league Bakersfield Condors hockey team to stop displaying live condors at its games.

February 12, 2013 | | State

San Diego teacher arrested in gun probe

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities in San Diego say a teacher who brought a semiautomatic gun and knife to school was arrested before students arrived.

February 12, 2013 | | State

Federal suit says new regs harm Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Conservationists at Lake Tahoe are suing over new regulatory changes they say will erode environmental protection of the mountain lake by failing to adequately monitor water quality, allowing for construction of bigger buildings near the shore and thousands of more housing units in the basin.

February 12, 2013 | | State

Bay Area briefs

JUDGE: ALAMEDA HAD NO DUTY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN: HAYWARD (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled the police and firefighters had no legal obligation to rescue a suicidal man who waded into San Francisco Bay and drowned while the first responders watched.

February 12, 2013 | | State

Deputy dies, cabin ablaze in Calif manhunt

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded.

February 12, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | State

Authorities say ex-cop barricaded in Calif. cabin

A fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings was barricaded in a cabin in the in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers.

February 12, 2013 | Tami Abdullah and Gillian Flaccus Associated Press | State

Fugitive ex-LA cop charged with murder of police officer; massive manhunt goes on

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

February 11, 2013 | | State

Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 2013 | | State

Aging piano sounds its last notes by the Pacific

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.

February 11, 2013 | | State

Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State

Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State

CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State

State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State

3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State

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Articles by Section - State

Shooter showed little sympathy

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand up.

October 04, 2015 | | State

Heavy rain, hundreds rescued

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Kennedy memoir takes hard look

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses what ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

$100M resort planned for Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - A multimillion-dollar resort will put roots down on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe's south shore.

October 04, 2015 | | State

SF’s last gun store closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

More California winemakers use less water to grow grapes

RUTHERFORD (AP) - The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

State may ban concealed handguns on campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions on guns with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Bay Bridge designer fears leaks damaging main cable

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead designer of the Bay Bridge has warned Caltrans that the cable that holds up the new bridge's eastern span ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

Berkeley requests recommendation letters from freshmen applicants

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, will ask some freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors this fall, and the ...

October 04, 2015 | | State

High-speed rail seeks private investors

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has received 35 responses from private companies interested in financing, building and operating the first 300-mile segment of ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Plastic bag manufacturers file second ballot measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers filed a second ballot measure on Friday in California's fight over a statewide plastic bag ban.

October 03, 2015 | | State

LA County leases 2 more firefighting aircraft

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County has leased two additional SuperScooper firefighting aircraft from Canada as a precaution in case of fall wildfires in Southern ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Homeland Security seizes Stockton Mayor Silva’s electronics at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A mayor of a Northern California city said Homeland Security agents briefly detained him and seized his laptop and cellphone earlier this ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

Recreational spiny lobster season opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's recreational spiny lobster season opening Saturday is expected to see plentiful catches because of the El Nino ocean-warming event occurring ...

October 03, 2015 | | State

San Diego County OKs $10M to help homeless, mentally ill

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Responding to a rise in homelessness across the region, San Diego County supervisors have approved spending another $10 million on housing for ...

October 01, 2015 | | State

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