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BART union sues transit agency

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agency, claiming its board of directors broke state law when they approved a contract without a key provision.

December 03, 2013 | | State


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BART UNIONS SUE TRANSITY AGENCY OVER CONTRACTS: OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions are suing the agency, claiming its board of directors broke state law when they approved a contract without a key provision.Members of ATU Local 1555 and SEIU 1021 filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court. The lawsuit will not affect train service. BART's board approved a new labor deal last month, but stripped a family medical leave provision that the unions want and the agency's top negotiators signed off during talks to end a second ...

December 03, 2013 | | State


Officials: Walker crash not part of street race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and a friend were riding in had been racing another car.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Suspected arrested in Playstation 4 shooting case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting and robbery of a man who advertised a Playstation 4 gaming console for sale online.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Attorney: 2 cops wrongly accused in homeless death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with six California police officers was combative, grabbed at one officer's stun gun and struggled so hard against attempts to handcuff him that the officers arresting him asked a dispatcher to broadcast an urgent call for back-up three times, attorneys for two police officers charged in the death said during opening statements.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Family: American detained in N Korea in good health

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month in North Korea said Saturday the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health.

December 01, 2013 | | State


Officials: Speed a factor in actor Walker’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker created a makeshift memorial Sunday at the site where a car he was riding in crashed, killing the actor and a friend.

December 01, 2013 | | State


Latinos want U.S. to sue over LA supervisors’ board

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers, elected officials getting raise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and statewide elected officials will have a little extra cash in their pockets this holiday season, with their paychecks set to rise starting Sunday.

November 29, 2013 | | State


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CRAB SEASON HAS BEGUN: EUREKA (AP) - Commercial fishermen on the North Coast of California are getting ready for the start of Dungeness crab season. The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the season is scheduled to kick off on Sunday and not be delayed as in previous years. The crab season off the Central California coast has already begun. State officials tell the newspaper they are expecting an average or below-average year in the number of crabs after several good years statewide. Crab fishermen are operating under a new law this year that limits the number of traps they can set. The ...

November 29, 2013 | | State


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Efforts to ease marijuana laws loses benefactor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the death of Cleveland billionaire and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, the push for relaxed U.S. marijuana laws lost its most generous supporter. That's left supporters wondering what comes next.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Mom, 2 sons thankful for 3 heart transplants

SAN MARCOS (AP) - Last Thanksgiving, Deanna Kremis was in heart failure and could barely get off the couch - and her two teenage sons knew exactly how she felt.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Violence in jails on rise since reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Gay Russian seeks asylum in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be persecuted if forced to return there.

November 29, 2013 | | State


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Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

IRVINE (AP) - Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

March 03, 2015 | | State


California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

FRESNO (AP) - A dozen wells used to pump oil-and-gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking-water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | State


State sues Gallo over hazardous wine bottle waste

MODESTO (AP) - California's Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Beachgoers toss ‘hail’ snowballs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" turned white with hail as a storm roared ashore Monday behind a late-season winter blast that dropped snow and rain across the drought-stricken region this weekend.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in financial limbo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.

March 02, 2015 | | State


LA police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


California to supply just 20% of water

FRESNO (AP) - Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


4 people killed, 4 others injured in Santa Cruz crash

FREEDOM (AP) - A head-on crash has left four people dead and four others seriously injured when a car packed with teens collided with a pickup truck in rural Santa Cruz County

March 02, 2015 | | State


Well-liked photo teacher found dead in classroom

PLACENTIA (AP) - A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Storms add just 1 percent to state’s snowpack

TRUCKEE (AP) - Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Pit bull badly mauls woman in Pinole

PINOLE (AP) - A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

March 02, 2015 | | State


San Jose: Competition where being blind is cool

SAN JOSE – The order of the day was competition, but the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday was as much about camaraderie, coolness and compassion.

March 01, 2015 | | State


Some farmers to go without federal water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Nearly 16 tons of marijuana seized at California border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Agents at a Southern California border crossing have seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Federal court rejects challenge to micro-stamping gun safety law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

February 27, 2015 | | State


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