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Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The hike up the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker to bring back rape loophole bill from 1870s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Body of missing California woman found behind snow bank along busy Tahoe road

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The search for a missing 19-year-old California woman who disappeared on New Year's Eve at Lake Tahoe ended Friday when her body was found behind a snow bank about a mile from the site of a music festival she attended that night, authorities said.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Top parks officials kept $20M hidden

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars in money intended for state parks secret for more than a decade, the California attorney general's office said in a report released Friday.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Search for who set puppy on fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento animal control officers say they are looking for anybody responsible for deliberately setting fire to a puppy that has since died.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Law won’t protect unmarried victims in rape

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman's boyfriend before initiating intercourse, ruling that an arcane law from 1872 doesn't protect unmarried women in such cases.

January 03, 2013 | | State


‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Health alliance could threaten larger rival

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival's dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Schools face rising special education costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Teens drug parents to use Internet

ROCKLIN (AP) - Two California teenagers were arrested after they gave one of the girl's parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the Internet past her curfew, police said.

January 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Pension bonds add risk to public retiree crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.

January 03, 2013 | | State


California receives approval for health exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Thursday approved California's plan to run its own health insurance market, a milestone in the state's effort to meet requirements of the national health care reform law.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

RETIREES PROMISED LIFETIME HEALTH COVERAGE SUE: LIVERMORE (AP) - A California appeals court says Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees who were promised lifetime health care can sue over a switch to a private plan that costs more and covers less.

January 03, 2013 | | State


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Brain-dead girl on ventilator getting diploma

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Democrats replace ‘spend’ with ‘invest’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Groups allege abuse of child immigrants by border staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Officer in on-duty accident dies

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton police officer died Wednesday, two weeks after an on-duty car accident, officials said.

June 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose marijuana shops face tough new rules, possible closure

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose officials have passed tough new medical marijuana rules that will require the vast majority of city dispensaries to close within a year.

June 11, 2014 | | State


What’s next for teacher tenure?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Firearms checks sought after rampage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 11, 2014 | | State


10-year-old graduates high school with 4.0 grade point

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.

June 11, 2014 | | State


Mental health key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 10, 2014 | | State


State plans death row mental health unit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Northern California tribe in tense dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities were back Tuesday at a Native American casino in Northern California that's at the center of an ongoing tense tribal dispute.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Perry brings fight for Tesla factory to California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bid by Texas to lure a Tesla battery factory brought that state's salesman-in-chief to the doorstep of California's state Capitol on Tuesday - and to underscore the point, he arrived in one of the automaker's sleek, all-electric vehicles.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Asparagus Festival calls it quits

STOCKTON (AP) - Organizers of Stockton's Asparagus Festival say they're calling it quits after 29 years.

June 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN DOG DEATH: BELMONT (AP) - A man has been arrested after his German shepherd was found unresponsive in a hot truck in the San Francisco Bay Area and later died.

June 10, 2014 | | State


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