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JUDGE: ABERCROMBIE WRONGLY FIRED MUSLIM FOR HIJAB: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker who insisted on wearing a head scarf.

September 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DIVER HELPING WITH SEARCH AT LAKE DROWNS: REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say a diver brought in to help recover the body of a man who drowned in a Northern California lake also drowned.

September 09, 2013 | | State


100 homes evacuated in Bay Area wildfire

CLAYTON (AP) - A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew Monday, forcing more people to leave their homes and leading to a smoke advisory for area residents.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

Bill makes improper gun storage a crime

September 09, 2013 | | State


Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday.

September 09, 2013 | | State


Suspects sought in crossbow killing

EUREKA (AP) - A man and a 16-year-old girl were on the loose Monday after shooting two transients, one fatally, with a crossbow in a heavily wooded area of coastal Northern California, sheriff's officials said.

September 09, 2013 | | State


SoCal city welcomes doomsday bunkers

MENIFEE (AP) - In the backyard of his remote Southern California home, Bernie Jones is etching an unconventional blueprint: a construction plan to build his underground survival shelter. It won't be the typical, cramped Cold War-era bunker. It will hold 20 people.

September 08, 2013 | | State


NorCal wasp invasion puts sting in summer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Swarms of stinging insects have etymologists from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco fielding calls from besieged property owners, perplexed government officials and even homicide investigators asking how to keep the bugs away from dead bodies.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Water war moving underground

FRESNO. (AP) - For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Neuroscientist helps light up Hart’s shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has a new piece of equipment accompanying him on his latest tour - a cap fitted with electrodes that capture his brain activity and direct the movements of a light show while he's jamming on stage.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Minimum wage, guns face lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could help shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.

September 08, 2013 | | State


Briefs

SPACESHIPTWO MAKES 2ND SUPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT: MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing.

September 06, 2013 | | State


Senate OKs limits on worker comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states but played some games in California would be prohibited from filing state workers' compensation claims under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate.

September 06, 2013 | | State


PG&E opens gas monitoring center

SAN RAMON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

September 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.

September 06, 2013 | | State


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California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say Wednesday if he plans to appeal a Los Angeles judge's closely watched decision to strike down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit tests racial policy at state prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

July 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

BAY AREA POSTAL INSPECTOR INDICTED IN THEFT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Brown: Illegal kids a humanitarian issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Cal State will cut enrollment growth in half

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall - from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students - after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Mom accused of leaving kids in car to visit casino

LIVERMORE (AP) - A mother accused of leaving her young children in a car while she gambled at a Livermore casino is facing child endangerment charges.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


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