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BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.

October 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.

October 17, 2012 | | State


California foreclosure notices fall to5-year low from July thru September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Sen. Mitchell appointment in PG&E blast opposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators' decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over a deadly pipeline explosion, calling the process an unfair backroom deal.

October 17, 2012 | | State


LA County assessor arrested in corruption case involving lowering property taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.

October 17, 2012 | | State


SEC launches inquiry of bankrupt San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the finances of San Bernardino as the city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.

October 17, 2012 | | State


Brown pushes college students to back tax hike via Prop 30 on Nov. 6 ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facing a high-risk election next month, Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a campaign swing Tuesday to win support for a proposed tax increase that he promises will invigorate California universities trapped in cycles of cutbacks and tuition increases.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Conservation groups sue over fracking

OAKLAND (AP) - Conservation groups are suing California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study the practice's environmental impacts.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Health shift will affect 860,000 children

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's top health care official told lawmakers Tuesday she is confident the state can eliminate a health insurance program serving more than 860,000 children from low-income families without disrupting the quality of their care.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Court hears arguments in clean fuels case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a case seeking to stop California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, federal justices on Tuesday focused their questions on whether the law discriminates against out-of-state businesses.

October 16, 2012 | | State


SF phonebook ban in trouble after ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court decision striking down restrictions on the distribution of Yellow Pages in Seattle has imperiled San Francisco's own phonebook ban.

October 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

COALITION RECOMMENDS PROJECTS IN DELTA: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An influential group of farmers, environmentalists and water exporters is recommending $1 billion in short-term projects to help the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

October 16, 2012 | | State


City may allow police to seize skateboards from juveniles

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - Skateboarders could find themselves without wheels unless they wear helmets under a proposed law by the City Council that comes up for a vote Tuesday night.

October 16, 2012 | | State


Blood from Yosemite workers could advance research from fatal virus

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Health officials are set to draw blood from hundreds of Yosemite National Park employees as part of a research project that aims to help scientists better understand a potentially deadly virus carried by deer mice that killed three park visitors and sickened six others this summer.

October 16, 2012 | | State


California voting line gave wrong registration deadline for upcoming November election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already bombarded by conflicting campaign ads and ballot propositions, some Californians became even more confused when a message on the state's official voting hotline provided a wrong deadline for voter registration, an election official said Tuesday.

October 16, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Clovis debating bikini baristas, racy menus

CLOVIS (AP) - Officials in a Central California city have agreed to review the business license of a coffee shop that features baristas in bikinis.

April 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAY AREA MAN RESCUES BOY FROM MARINA WATERS: SAN LEANDRO AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a boy from the waters of a marina.

April 21, 2014 | | State


PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Construction may snarl Sacramento traffic flow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Repairs starting today at the convergence of three major freeways in Northern California could cause massive traffic delays for vehicles passing through the state capital.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Bill bans smoking at all times in home day cares

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering "third-hand smoke" and has been adopted by 12 other states.

April 21, 2014 | | State


12 arrested at SF 4/20 party

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested, most of them facing possible felony charges, during an annual, unsanctioned 4/20 marijuana celebration in San Francisco, police said Monday.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Free Apple recycling of all used products

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Board considers easing diesel rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Rock climber hurt in Yosemite fall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a rock climber at Yosemite National Park had to be rescued by helicopter after falling 30 feet and suffering major injuries.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Stowaway teen forces review of security

SAN JOSE (AP) - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

April 21, 2014 | | State


How jet stowaways can survive cold, lack of oxygen on flights

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner. The latest example is a teenager who, according to authorities, stowed away on a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii. While the number of known stowaway attempts is few, people have survived with surprising frequency.

April 21, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers face hundreds of bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

April 20, 2014 | | State


San Francisco probe leading to FBI entrapment claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Del Taco customer account hit with $4,050 Del Taco bill

SANTA PAULA (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.

April 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff seeks video footage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are asking residents and business owners to provide video-surveillance footage to law enforcement investigators.

April 20, 2014 | | State


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