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Sales tax hike will be challenge for Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes has wide support among California voters, but his path to victory in November remains far from certain, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


No whooping cough deaths in state last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California did not suffer a single death from whooping cough in 2011, the first year since 1991 that there have been no fatalities in the state from the highly contagious illness, health officials said Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Storm shutdown of tram kept hikers on peak

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Seventeen hikers spent a cold night stranded on an 8,516-foot mountain when a fierce storm with howling 100 mph winds forced operators to shut down the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, authorities said.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Auditor: High-speed rail has risky financing

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's $98 billion high-speed rail project relies on risky financial assumptions and has just a fraction of the money needed to pay for it, raising more questions about the heavily criticized plan, the state auditor said in a report released Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Democrats sue controller for halting lawmaker pay during budget delay

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state controller for blocking lawmakers' pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Embattled SF sheriff says he's not leaving

January 24, 2012 | | State


Forecasters: Rain will make way for sun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staying dry will give way to staying cool in California, as rain and wind are swiftly replaced by sunshine and higher temperatures, meteorologists said Monday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff's domestic violence trial set for Feb. 24

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff stands trial next month on misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from a New Year's Eve dispute with his wife.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Marine accepts plea deal in Iraqi civilian deaths; gets three months confinement

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A Marine sergeant who told his troops to "shoot first, ask questions later" in a raid that killed unarmed Iraqi women, children and elderly pleaded guilty Monday in a deal that will carry no more than three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops from the Iraq War.

January 23, 2012 | | State


US Supreme Court blocks California slaughterhouse law on downed livestock

FRESNO (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday overturned a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system.

January 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WILL ALLOW PARK WORKERS TO HAVE BEARDS: ANAHEIM. (AP) - Workers at Disney's U.S. theme parks will be allowed to grow beards and goatees for the first time ever, Disney officials said Monday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


UC picks Richmond site for expansion of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

RICHMOND (AP) - The University of California said Monday that it has picked the spot where it hopes to build a new branch of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and it's in the city of Richmond, not Berkeley.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Beverly Hills school official convicted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Beverly Hills school superintendent has been convicted of giving a former female employee more than $20,000 in gifts and increasing her car allowance without board approval.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Catholic hospital chain cuts official church ties

January 23, 2012 | | State


Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK to combat cancer pain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

January 23, 2012 | | State


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Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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