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EXPANSION OF AMERICAN RIVER ALCOHOL BAN CONSIDERED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento officials are mulling whether to expand a holiday ban on alcohol on the American River after a recent event was marred by violence and arrests.

July 17, 2012 | | State


LA prosecutor calls US Bank a slumlord in lawsuit due to condition of foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

July 17, 2012 | | State


CSU mulls fiscal woes, pending deficit, but OKs president pay hikes of 10%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University leaders on Tuesday wrestled with ways to resolve a grim financial picture as they approved 10 percent pay hikes to two new campus presidents.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Canadian elephants flying to California

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Teen reaches deal in classroom hazing case

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An 18-year-old student charged in a brutal California classroom hazing case that allegedly involved sex crimes reached a plea deal Monday and will testify against his teacher, prosecutors said.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Largest public pension fund earns dismal 1%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest public pension fund collected a dismal 1 percent annual return on its investments, a figure far short of projections that will likely bring pressure on California's state and local governments to contribute more money, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


170 homes under threat from Placer blaze

FORESTHILL (AP) - Firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze that has consumed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Death penalty tossed in killing of rocker's mom due to prospective juror’s dismissal over views

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago - a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson and other death row inmates.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PLEAS DELAYED FOR COUPLE IN DRUG PLANT ARREST: SANTA ANA (AP) - A husband and wife accused of planting drugs in the car of a school aide they believed mistreated their son have appeared in court.

July 16, 2012 | | State


State treasurer seeks divorce amid public troubles with wife’s substance abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, who resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year after her problems with substance abuse and marital troubles played out publicly.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Imperial County's kids with asthma more likely to visit ER

CALEXICO (AP) - Children with asthma in the dusty and impoverished Imperial County are far more likely to visit the emergency room, costing taxpayers for care often covered by state and federal health care programs.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Boxing club coach arrested in child sex probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - The coach of a prominent Southern California youth boxing club was arrested on suspicion of molesting one of his teenage athletes, police said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


CSU must choose tuition hike or enrollment cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is facing the bleak choice of either raising tuition or shrinking enrollment if voters reject tax increase measures on the November ballot and a $250 million funding cut goes into effect, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Catalina Island fighting proposed water rate hike

AVALON (AP) - Residents and business owners of Santa Catalina Island have formed a coalition to fight against a proposal to dramatically raise their water rates.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Cities eye plan to seize mortgages

FONTANA (AP) - In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.

July 15, 2012 | | State


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Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Retiree health plan could cost more

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for state workers to contribute half the cost of their retirement health benefits could end up costing taxpayers more if California raises salaries, according to an independent budget analyst Monday.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Big-rig slams into strip mall, driver killed

PITTSBURG (AP) - A big-rig driver was killed and two businesses were badly damaged after the driver's truck slammed into a strip mall.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Sierra-at-Tahoe suspends skiing due to drought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A ski resort south of Lake Tahoe has suspended its winter operations due to a lack of snow and could end up closing the rest of the season for the earliest time in about 40 years.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Righting 125-year-old wrong

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court righted what it called a "grievous wrong" on Monday, posthumously granting a law license to a Chinese immigrant whose application 125 years ago was denied solely because of his race.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Man drowns in ocean while saving son during vacation

SHELTER COVE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say a Montana man drowned after rescuing his 13-year-old son, who slipped on a rock and fell into the ocean during a family vacation.

March 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

JUDGE NIXES LAWSUIT BY MAN SAYING HE WAS DUPED BY DATING APP: CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ruled against a man who sued a mobile dating app after he was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Meth lab in Wal-Mart restroom

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Keeping Californians in the dark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Police arrest 3 suspects for furnishing alcohol to minors

Manteca Police arrested three suspects on Saturday for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 15, 2015 | | State


SF investigates racist tweets by four officers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation in connection with racially charged and homophobic text messages, police officials said.

March 15, 2015 | | State


LA police officer sought for questioning in fatal shooting

POMONA . (AP) - A car belonging to a rookie Los Angeles police officer wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting has been found, but the officer remained at large, police said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Race pits Demos against each another

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democrat almost assuredly will win a state Senate seat in an east San Francisco Bay Area district where the party holds a 15-point registration edge. So why have unions poured $115,000 into a committee to support a Republican who dropped out of the race weeks ago?

March 15, 2015 | | State


Silicon Valley ballet company gets reprieve

SAN JOSE (AP) - A cash-strapped Silicon Valley ballet company has survived to dance another day.

March 15, 2015 | | State


WATER-WASTERS ELUDE FINES

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.

March 15, 2015 | | State


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