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BROWN SIGNS SCHOOL-FUNDING CHANGES INTO LAW: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed sweeping education legislation Monday that changes the state funding formula for K-12 schools in a way that he hopes will help boost the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Death Valley’s 129 degree ties June record

FURNANCE CREEK (AP) - A heat wave smothering the West is rewriting the record books, likely tying a more than century-old record for the U.S. while putting Las Vegas through its hottest June ever.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Why this California heat wave's so scary and what's behind it

WASHINGTON (AP) - Excessive heat is the No. 1 weather killer in the United States and it's at its most dangerous when it doesn't cool down at night.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

STATE GAS TAX RISES 3.5 CENTS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Starting this week California drivers are spending more to fill up at the pump.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Man, 19, shot in chest at BART station

EL CERRITO (AP) - Police are looking for at least one suspect who shot a 19-year-old man in the chest following an argument at a BART station in El Cerrito.

June 28, 2013 | | State


BART unions may go on strike Monday

OAKLAND (AP) - Scores of commuters were scrambling Friday to find alternate plans after two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions gave notice they plan to go on strike if they can't get a new contract over the weekend.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Las Vegas, Phoenix bake in hot temps

PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

June 28, 2013 | | State


AROUND THE STATEn

PORN INDUSTRY CONNECTS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONDOM LAW: LOS ANGELES - The adult film industry is citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in its effort to muzzle its main nemeses in the legal battle to keep condoms off of porn actors. Porn industry attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation be prevented from arguing against the industry's lawsuit to repeal the condom requirement Los Angeles County voters have adopted. The foundation was the driving force in getting the law passed. On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled ...

June 28, 2013 | | State


Ruling boon for couples with foreign spouses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card - if she were a man.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Survivors of WWII A-bombs to be tested

TORRANCE (AP) - About 100 people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II will undergo medical testing to determine how they're doing seven decades later, and their experiences may help those exposed to radiation by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, experts said Friday.

June 28, 2013 | | State


LA utility agrees to control dust at dry lakebed in Owens Valley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles' municipal water utility has agreed to do more to control dust on an Owens Valley lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK enterprise zone reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed a hard-fought overhaul of California's enterprise zone program on Thursday that was sought by Gov. Jerry Brown after he called the system wasteful and ineffective.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown says he's worried about cost of transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he is committed to keeping government transparent but wants to do so without costing the state money.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CPUC LAWYER RECUSED FROM SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2013 | | State


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LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Woman convicted in baby in car case

ATWATER (AP) - A Central California mom accused of leaving her infant in a hot car while she went grocery shopping has been convicted of felony child endangerment.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600

STOCKTON (AP) - Court documents indicate the suspects in a July bank robbery in Northern California stole $15,600 before two of them and a hostage died in a shootout with police.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Experienced cyclists cruising past crashing waves off Southern California's scenic Pacific Coast Highway know they must be vigilant of cars whizzing past and don't expect that to change with a new bike safety law.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Weed woman in wildfire’s path lost almost everything

WEED (AP) - Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Exploring ‘graveyard of ships’ near San Francisco

GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) - Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Australian mosquito appears in California

MONTEREY PARK . (AP) - Officials say an Australian mosquito has made what is believed to be its first U.S. appearance in the Los Angeles area.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Central California teacher attacked, robbed on campus

FRESNO (AP) - Police are trying to identify the man who attacked and robbed a Central Valley elementary school teacher working on campus over the weekend.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns 100 homes in Weed

WEED (AP) - A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Friday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

September 15, 2014 | | State


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