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JUDY GARLAND'S 'WIZARD OF OZ' DRESS UP FOR AUCTION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dorothy dress is going up for auction.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Nickelodeon TV says Romney skipped kids' questions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Documents: FBI agent denies paying for sex

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An undercover FBI agent denied accusations that he spent U.S. taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and others during an international weapons trafficking probe last year, according to court documents filed Monday.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Obama: designates Cesar Chavez' home in Keene as national monument

KEENE (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation.

October 08, 2012 | | State


California gas price surge really adds up

HIGHEST PRICES

October 08, 2012 | | State


Dymally broke racial barriers in Calif. politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally broke racial barriers during his more than four decades in California politics but also was dogged throughout his career by a variety of corruption allegations.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Ending break for out-of-state businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot initiative funded by a billionaire hedge fund manager is asking voters to do what Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have been unable to accomplish - close a corporate tax provision that benefits out-of-state corporations as a way to generate $1 billion a year in revenue to the state.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Pipeline hearings suspended for closed talks over fines for deadly explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California judge on Monday approved a request to suspend public hearings and to hold closed-door negotiations on fines to be levied after a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in a Northern California neighborhood.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Group calls for boycott of Mi Pueblo grocery chain over immigration checks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California-based grocery store chain that caters to Latino immigrants has come under fire for participating in a federal program that checks the immigration status of prospective workers.

October 08, 2012 | | State


Proposition 39 at a glance

What it would do: Proposition 39 ends a corporate tax loophole to raise $1 billion a year in revenue for California.

October 08, 2012 | | State




Bay Area briefs

Oregon man wins Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest

October 08, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to alter budget process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative asks for softening of 3 Strikes law; could release another 2,800 inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's law mandating life in prison for a third felony conviction has led to cases like that of Shane Taylor, who has been in prison since being convicted in 1996 for possessing $10 worth of methamphetamine. His prior felonies, both committed when he was 19, were a burglary and attempted burglary.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Study: Mountain lions migrating to Calif. from Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California, according to a seven-year study.

October 07, 2012 | | State


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California water officials express meager hope

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say February's rain storms pleasantly boosted the state's water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought.

March 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SENTENCED IN BITING OF PARENTS: DALY CITY (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to felony assault in the biting of his parents when they said he couldn't see the family cat.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Drought expected to idle 800,000 acres

SACRAMENTO - The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Brothers convicted of molesting kids they bribed with candy, ice cream

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two Orange County brothers have pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting 3- and 7-year-old neighbor girls who were bribed to keep quiet with candy and ice cream.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Dems scrap affirmative action repeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state's higher education system.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles at 4.4 magnitude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

March 17, 2014 | | State


GOP entrepreneur’s push for ballot measure for $12 minimum wage stalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attempt to persuade California voters this year to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest among states, stalled Monday after its chief supporter announced he was struggling to qualify the proposal for the ballot.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Park officials oppose plan to rename Yosemite peak after John Fremont

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A plan to rename a Yosemite National Park peak after the wife of 19th century explorer John Fremont is running into opposition from the National Park Service, which says it does not support the commemorative naming of landscape features in national parks, a newspaper reported.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate National Recreation Area must upgrade handicapped access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area's Golden Gate National Recreational Area soon will be providing upgraded access for the thousands of visitors each year who have vision and mobility disabilities.

March 17, 2014 | | State


San Diegan chosen as next Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Monday to make San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins its speaker, replacing John Perez.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Police: Texting and marijuana actors in fatal crash

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign disclosure proposal fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short Monday in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, legislation crafted in response to $15 million in anonymous contributions that came in during the final weeks of the 2012 election season.

March 17, 2014 | | State


California chief justice seeks more court money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's court system needs more money if it is going to recover from years of budget cuts that have forced courthouses to close and court employees to take unpaid days off, the state's chief justice said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Tulare police chief arrested, released

TULARE (AP) - The chief of police in the Central California town of Tulare is under arrest.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Man charged in 2 carbon monoxide deaths

TRUCKEE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Truckee-based contractor whose negligence they say produced the carbon monoxide that killed two men at a home north of Lake Tahoe last fall.

March 17, 2014 | | State


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