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DA ASSIGNS PROSECUTOR TO 1991 FIRE DEATH: MURPHYS (AP) - A California district attorney says she has appointed a prosecutor with experience in arson investigations to the case of a New York man charged with killing his son and now under investigation in the fire death of his wife more than two decades ago.

June 06, 2013 | | State


PUC lawyer says why he resigned from PG&E probe

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - A lead attorney probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators says he quit the investigation because he disagreed with managers handling of the case.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Latinos stuck in poverty amid bounty of San Joaquin Valley

FRESNO (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.

June 06, 2013 | | State


FBI started asking about state lawmaker back in 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005, though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron's Sacramento offices.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.

June 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAGGAGE HANDLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THEFT: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Her challenge is to keep Brown focused

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC legal team probing PG&E blast resigns

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - The lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for California regulators have abruptly quit the investigation, putting the integrity of the probe in jeopardy, a San Bruno city official said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


SF, NY officials to meet over cellphone thefts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.

June 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Parole denied for Manson follower

CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC enforcement division” ‘Time to throw book at PG&E’

SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

June 04, 2013 | | State


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Minimum wage rising to $9 today

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect today and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Supreme Court clears ban on gay conversion therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

June 30, 2014 | | State


State recognizes use of bitcoins

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that recognizes bitcoins and other virtual currencies in California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Child at Boy Scout camp dies from gunshot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

June 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS BAY AREA

• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.

June 30, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol has lots of agents ­– in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | | State


‘Flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | | State


New fireworks sponsor eases Calif. oversight

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.

June 29, 2014 | | State


San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracts multitudes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.

June 29, 2014 | | State


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