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‘Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

3 ARRESTED FOR HIGH-END CUSTOM BICYCLE THEFTS : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say three men used Craigslist and Facebook to steal 200 high-end bicycles throughout Southern California.

May 09, 2012 | | State




Coastal panel OKs Pebble Beach area development backed by Clint Eastwood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After decades of environmental fights, California's chief coastal regulator approved a scaled-back development plan Wednesday by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of real estate covered by rare Monterey pines.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Skateboarder, 13, dies in pickup crash

May 09, 2012 | | State


ABOUT PROPOSITION 28

*WHAT IT WOULD DO: Lowers the number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but lets them serve all that time in a single house. Lawmakers currently can serve three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate. The initiative also would close a loophole that allows certain lawmakers to serve up to 17 years in the Legislature. This applies to those who begin their political careers by filling the remainder of a departing lawmaker's term, then run for the seat and serve full terms in the Assembly and Senate.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Acton fire burns 126 acres; 30 homes evacuated

ACTON (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA MAY BAN GAY TEEN 'CONVERSION' THERAPY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.

May 08, 2012 | | State


As deadline nears, proposals surface to save up to 50 of 70 parks set to close

FRESNO (AP) - With a July 1 deadline approaching for dozens of California state parks on a budget closure list, legislators are scrambling to keep them open with bills meant to raise money through specialty license tags and improved entrance fee collections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


University of California weighs more tuition hikes upwards of 6 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters reject the governor's tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Over 1,300 tubes damaged at ailing San Onofre nuclear reactors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


TWO LOCAL RACES TIGHT

THE 9th DISTRICT: In a swing district in the Central Valley, the 9th Congressional District, Ivy League-educated law student Ricky Gill has established himself as a newcomer to watch in the GOP. He turns 25 this month - the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House- and has snagged endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Gill has raised more than $1.1 million, about equal to the amount raised by the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney. National Republicans consider Gill one of their top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent this year.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Political reforms translate into tight House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Members of Congress are facing a new reality in California: competitive elections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


New Border Patrol strategy targets repeat crossers

SAN DIEGO (AP) - With border crossings at a 40-year low, the U.S. Border Patrol announced a new strategy Tuesday that targets repeat crossers and tries to find out why they keeping coming.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Biggest celebration set for May 27 along waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is turning 75 this year. And what a historic span it's been. Big, bold and orange, the bridge is a beloved symbol of San Francisco and one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world.

May 08, 2012 | | State


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Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk toll?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.

October 21, 2014 | | State


Measure overhauls rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Democratic dominance issue in legislative races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen has been on the campaign trail telling voters how Democratic dominance would be bad for democracy.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Rescuer carrying man from burning home

FRESNO (AP) - A man ran into a burning home in central California and came out carrying a man who lives inside over his shoulder as flames popped and exploded behind him.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Marijuana is an issue in state attorney general race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican fighting to unseat California's incumbent attorney general has adopted the unconventional strategy of seeking to legalize recreational marijuana as the centerpiece of his uphill campaign.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Brown: State needs long-term water vision

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco rec soccer field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite may raise entrance, camping fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Cal State faculty reach tentative 3-year pay deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University faculty would get a pay raise under a tentative deal reached on a three-year contract.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Santa Rosa man arrested in sledgehammer slaying

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Fair Oaks teen triumphs after diving accident

FAIR OAKS (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed from the chest down in a summer diving accident and vowed not to let it stop him from succeeding in his senior year of high school was named his school's homecoming king on Saturday night.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Archaeologists seek to uncover movie set in California sands

GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Brown pursues lasting policy legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

October 17, 2014 | | State


25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.

October 17, 2014 | | State


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