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3 CHARGED IN OAKLAND SHOOTING THAT KILLED INFANT: OAKLAND (AP) - Three members of an infamous Oakland street gang are facing charges for their alleged roles in a shooting during the filming of rap video that left a toddler dead, authorities said Friday.

July 20, 2012 | | State


Homeless loners run risks as LA stabber lurks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charles Barfield, living on the streets for the past five years, doesn't trust anyone.

July 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Man accidentally shoots self to death at gun range

July 20, 2012 | | State


Travel tax using tracking devices on private vehicles could raise $15M a day

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials are mulling the idea of charging motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region as a way to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.

July 19, 2012 | | State


LA reopens City Hall park trashed by protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trampled during weeks of anti-Wall Street protests, City Hall Park reopened Thursday after a $1 million makeover that left fences in place to block campers.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Service members to march in uniform in gay pride parade for first time ever

CAMP PENDLETON . (AP) - The Defense Department on Thursday announced it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Sexual harassment lawsuit roils Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfied & Byers has been generating buzz for decades, spotting early investment opportunities and making billions with companies like Google and Amazon. This summer, the attention is no different, but the reason for it is.

July 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

POLITENESS POLICY DIES AMID CITY COUNCIL BICKERING: MENIFEE (AP) - A proposed politeness policy that asked the Menifee City Council to remain civil during meetings died after council members spent 15 minutes arguing about the idea.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Feds OK equipment change at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday concluded that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California did not mislead the government about modifications to its troubled steam generators, where unusual damage has been found on scores of tubes that carry radioactive water.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Attorney General Harris endorses illegal immigrant’s bid for California law license

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Garcia completed law school with the help of odd jobs and proceeds from a self-help book. Then he passed the state law exam on the first try.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Murder defendant says she was performing exorcism

July 19, 2012 | | State


Father accused of shooting adult son over karaoke singing

SHINGLETOWN AP) - A Northern California man is accused of shooting his 50-year-old son because he didn't like his country karaoke singing.

July 18, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ENCINO MAN ACCUSED IN WINDOW-SMASHING SPREE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Beverly Hills investment adviser was arrested on suspicion of being the mysterious gloved man who used a slingshot to smash dozens of windows in the wealthy area and the San Fernando Valley, police said.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Bullet train faces funding, legal challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown gave his approval Wednesday to spending billions of dollars in government money for a high-speed rail line that still faces major funding, environmental and political challenges before it could connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Company to pay nearly $50M for wildfire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest timber company has agreed to pay nearly $50 million and donate 22,500 acres of land to settle a lawsuit over a 2007 wildfire that destroyed about 65,000 acres in Northern California.

July 18, 2012 | | State


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MJC gets OK to offer bachelor’s degrees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Modesto Junior College is one of 15 California community colleges that received preliminary approval Tuesday to start offering career-oriented bachelor's degrees, a step that represents a first for the nation's largest college system and that supporters said is needed to ensure residents are prepared for jobs that in the past may have required only two years of training.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers to pursue right-to-die legislation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk’s SpaceX with $1B

HAWTHORNE (AP) - SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Report says California school funding plans are too complex

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A review of California's new school funding formula released Tuesday found its goals and performance metrics are so complex that none of the districts studied met all the requirements.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Stockton hostage seeks money for injuries

STOCKTON (AP) - A woman who survived a deadly bank robbery and hostage situation in Stockton last summer seeks $500,000 from the city.

January 20, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LIGHT QUAKE SHAKES CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA: KING CITY (AP) - A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Brown, UC president to study finances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano have agreed to try to iron out their differences on tuition increases, the state's duty to fund higher education and the university's responsibility to control costs by tackling them together with help from their respective staffs and outside experts.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Fight threatens health coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Tahoe tiny critter population plunges

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are trying to figure out why some of the tiniest creatures and plants at the bottom of the alpine lake appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Last ‘Freedom Train’ makes its final excursion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The last of the nation's "Freedom Train" rides paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. made its final trip in California on Monday after more than 30 years of operation.

January 19, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 TEACHERS ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEX WITH STUDENTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities say two teachers have been arrested following allegations they had sex with high school students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.

January 19, 2015 | | State


California rates 50th for guidance counselors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California ranks worst in the nation when it comes to providing students with guidance counselors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and authorities say the scarcity disproportionately affects the state's most vulnerable students because there simply are not enough counselors to track transient students and make sure they are taking the right credits to graduate.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Coughing neighbors: Bay Area rethinks outdoor cooking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Cosby welcomed by audience in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Bill Cosby was embraced by fans on Sunday during his first performance in California since allegations of past sexual assaults surfaced.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Plan to implode Candestick Park scrapped

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Candlestick Park will be torn down instead of blown up following concerns that a planned implosion of the venerable stadium might create health problems for people living nearby.

January 18, 2015 | | State


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