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Less time for life-term inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has agreed to change its policy for considering when murderers and others serving life sentences should be eligible for parole, though corrections experts differed Tuesday on whether the change could lead to shorter prison terms for thousands of inmates.

December 17, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BIG SUR FIRE IS 20 PERCENT CONTAINED: BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire that has burned more than a dozen homes in the Big Sur area of central California is now 20 percent contained.

December 17, 2013 | | State


EPA: Chevron violated law at Richmond refinery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

December 17, 2013 | | State


LAPD officers now have body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Downtown Angelenos may be the first to encounter a Los Angeles police officer equipped with a new on-body camera.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Google's top searches peer into society's current mindset

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Squaw Valley ski resort scales back expansion plan

SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley ski resort is scaling back its expansion plans to try to meet concerns of critics in the Sierra just north of Lake Tahoe, but conservationists say the verdict is still out on whether the changes will go far enough to protect the wetlands, scenery and charm of the rustic mountain resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Doomsday minister Harold Camping dead at 92

OAKLAND (AP) - Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.

December 17, 2013 | | State


$1.1B California paint ruling may prompt more lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Big Sur fire destroys 15 homes, forces 100 to flee

BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported.

December 16, 2013 | | State


Billionaire to push lawmakers for oil tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.

December 16, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS FREE WI-FI ALONG MARKET ST. : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.

December 16, 2013 | | State


San Juan Unified faces $17M in claims

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The San Juan Unified School District faces $17 million in claims over harassment allegations, with ten lawsuits alleging that Superintendent Glynn Thompson created a hostile workplace.

December 16, 2013 | | State


News from around california

DOWNTOWN LA ON PACE FOR DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With little rain in the forecast, downtown Los Angeles is on pace for its driest calendar year on record.

December 16, 2013 | | State


Vaccine possible in campus meningitis outbreak

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - State and federal officials are considering whether to provide students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus, a newspaper reported Saturday.

December 15, 2013 | | State


Sonoma fairgrounds hosts pot contest

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti.

December 15, 2013 | | State


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HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Opponents of transgender bathroom law seek repeal at state ballot box

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt is underway to repeal a law that allows transgender students in California schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether to play on boys' or girls' sports teams.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Legal pot? Taxes, black market pose challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Need medical pot? There’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties have a new way to pick up their prescription.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans chewing tobacco from playing fields

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

REDDING (AP) - A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday

April 21, 2015 | | State


Huntington Beach drops plastic bag ban

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A single vote was cast in favor of keeping the plastic bag ban that's been in place in

April 21, 2015 | | State


US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman’s phone

SOUTH GATE (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it's reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman's cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion

FRESNO (AP) - A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state's largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) - An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

April 20, 2015 | | State


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