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NEARLY 80 CHARGED FOR UNLICENSED CONTRACTING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators say nearly 80 people face criminal charges for doing contracting work without a license following a broad-reaching undercover operation.

March 15, 2013 | | State


Security breach or harmless prank?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say Reuters' deputy social media editor conspired with a notorious hacker network to cause an online security breach that should be punished by decades in federal prison.

March 15, 2013 | | State


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STOCKTON MAKES WEAPON ARRESTS: STOCKTON - Stockton Police officers continued their strong efforts to fighting crime in 2013, arresting three individuals on weapons charges within a seven-hour span on Thursday.

March 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. SENATOR PROPOSES LATER ALCOHOL SERVICE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Last call at California restaurants, bars and nightclubs could come later under legislation proposed by a state senator from San Francisco.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Treasurer Lockyer no longer pursuing divorce

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is no longer seeking a divorce from his wife, whose problems with substance abuse played out publicly and led to drug charges.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Furloughs increase state’s long-term costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State worker furloughs saved California $5 billion over five years but left taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion in unused vacation because employees banked many of their paid days off while they were forced to stay home, according to a report released Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | State


LA compensates 2 for truck mistakenly shot by LAPD during Dorner manhunt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city has agreed to give $40,000 to two women whose pickup was shot up by a Police Department protection detail that mistook their newspaper delivery vehicle for the truck driven by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner during his rampage, officials announced Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Shark used for Kmart commercial dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 5-foot-long shark died after being put in an above-ground pool at a Los Angeles home where a Kmart commercial was being filmed, a newspaper reported Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

COST TO RENAME SFO MAY BE LESS THAN EXPECTED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk may not cost as much as airport officials had estimated.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Army: No evidence to prosecute police shooter

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A former soldier who killed two Santa Cruz police detectives last month was not prosecuted on two rape charges dating back to 2006 because there was not enough evidence, an Army spokesman said Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Reuters journalist charged with hacking conspiracy involving ‘Anonymous’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A social media editor for the Reuters news service was charged Thursday with conspiring with the group "Anonymous" to hack into the Tribune Co.'s computer system shortly after he was fired from one of the company's TV stations.

March 14, 2013 | | State


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LODI SOLDIER KILLED BY GUNSHOT WOUND: FORT BRAGG, NC - A 21-year-old soldier from Lodi stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died March 7, the U.S. Army confirmed.

March 14, 2013 | | State


Report: Email details threat against lawmaker

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man charged with threatening a California lawmaker boasted in an email that he could use his sniper skills to assassinate the politician while hiding in the shadows of the state Capitol, a newspaper reported.

March 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

3 FORMER EXECS PLEAD GUILTY IN ASBESTOS CASE: MERCED . (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater was cleaned up.

March 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

AGENCY WEIGHS IN ON SAN JOSE PENSION FIGHT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California agency that oversees government employee rights has issued four complaints against the city of San Jose over negotiations with its unions on a pension reform measure that voters approved in June.

March 13, 2013 | | State


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Workers in tech case likely to get $4K each

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.

May 23, 2014 | | State


Record-low rainfall means cleaner beach water

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.

May 23, 2014 | | State


Bill would ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.

May 23, 2014 | | State


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