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Callenbach, 'Ecotopia' author, dies at 83

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ernest "Chick" Callenbach, a film scholar who wrote the novel "Ecotopia," a 1975 underground classic that inspired generations of environmentalists and readers yearning for an ecologically sustainable society, has died in California. He was 83.

April 26, 2012 | | State


Zynga reports 1Q net loss, higher revenue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online games company Zynga reported a net loss in the first quarter because of stock-compensation expenses, but adjusted earnings were better than Wall Street expected.

April 26, 2012 | | State


Federal judge files for bankruptcy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. District Judge Otis Wright has been on the federal bench only five years and now is facing bankruptcy because he's unable to pay his existing debts.

April 26, 2012 | | State


Sanctuary says killer elephant still welcome

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - An African elephant is still welcome at a California sanctuary after killing a zookeeper who was preparing to move the animal from New Zealand, the sanctuary owner said Thursday.

April 26, 2012 | | State


Poll shows slim majority favor governor's tax hike ballot plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he is confident voters will approve his November tax initiative as a way to avoid further cuts to public schools, even though a poll published Wednesday shows the measure has only a narrow margin of support.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Yacht accident survivor wants more focus on safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A survivor of the fatal grounding of a racing yacht on rocky islands west of San Francisco is calling on the sailing community to make safety a higher priority.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Marines discharge sergeant for Facebook posts critical of President Obama policies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Ruling undermines measure blocking lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge's decision Wednesday to side with the state Legislature appears to undermine a voter-approved law that bans lawmakers from getting paid if they fail to pass a balanced budget on time.

April 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PERSON DIES AFTER SUV DANGLES FROM FREEWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a woman has died after five people were rescued from a wrecked SUV as it dangled off the side of a San Diego freeway.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Jane Goodall named grand marshal of Rose Parade

PASADENA (AP) - Chimpanzee expert and conservationist Jane Goodall was named Wednesday as grand marshal of the 2013 Tournament of Roses.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Fireball remnants likely in California.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills of northern California were part of a giant fireball that exploded over the weekend with about one-third the explosive force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War II, scientists said Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

April 25, 2012 | | State


Santa Clara County takes aim at payday loans

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose and Santa Clara County are cracking down on payday lending operations.

April 25, 2012 | | State


Rodney King reflects on an up-down life since riot Los Angeles riot 20 years ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) - We saw his face a bloody, pulpy mess. And in 1992, when the four Los Angeles Police officers who beat him after a traffic stop were acquitted, it touched off anger that affected an entire generation. Now, 20 years later, this is the face of Rodney King, and this is what has happened to him in the interim.

April 24, 2012 | | State


Settlement clears way for cross in Mojave Desert honoring war dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veterans group can restore a memorial cross in the Mojave Desert under a court settlement that ends a decade-old legal battle, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | | State


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Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

September 17, 2014 | | State


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


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