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SF restaurants probed over pocketing health care surcharge on customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of San Francisco restaurants are under investigation for exploiting a new city program by keeping customer surcharges instead of spending them on employee health care, city attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART OKS $2.7M TO BUY VIDEO STREAMING DEVICES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit riders can get ready for their closeups.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Gov. Brown leading trade mission to China this April

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will lead a trade mission to China this spring to promote California businesses and strengthen ties with the world's second largest economy, the governor announced Thursday during his State of the State address.

January 24, 2013 | | State


West Coast gets swing at SF jazz center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Full of shimmer and swing, San Francisco's sleek new jazz concert hall opened Wednesday with an opening night gala featuring McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding aimed at cementing respect for and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom on the West Coast.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Corruption charges against Lake Tahoe cop

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A California police officer who was put on administrative leave more than a year ago has been arrested on federal corruption charges accusing him of tipping off narcotics traffickers to upcoming drug busts, tampering with witnesses and having sex with underage students at a Lake Tahoe high school.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Davis researcher faces 10 charges after apartment blast

DAVIS (AP) - A chemistry researcher at the University of California, Davis who was injured in an explosion at his campus apartment last week was charged Thursday with 10 counts of possessing firearms and explosives.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Prosecutor rejects Calif. AG's parks $20M fund report

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County's prosecutor has rejected a report from the state attorney general on $20 million hidden by state parks officials and said Thursday she won't consider pressing charges against anyone.

January 24, 2013 | | State


LA mother held for fighting 12-year-old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County authorities say a woman has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking a 12-year-old girl who had shown up to fight her daughter.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Six standing trial for City of Bell corruption that looted $1.3 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With six former city officials lined up in chairs behind him, a Los Angeles County prosecutor portrayed them Thursday as thieves who bilked their small town treasury for over $1.3 million, paying themselves for work they did not do.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CA APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CASINO TIP-SHARING RULE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A state appeals court says a San Jose casino can force its cardroom dealers to share tips with other employees.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Governor offers optimistic vision for California’s future

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a State of the State address Thursday that was heavy on soaring rhetoric but largely repeated his well-known policy priorities, ideas he hopes will shape his legacy as he begins the second half of his term.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Are Hollywood awards by gender now out of step?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren really need a category just for women - a singular kind of affirmative action - to snare one of Hollywood's favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?

January 24, 2013 | | State


Reader sues Armstrong over drug-use denial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrong's first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it "cover to cover" and recommended it to several friends.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Emergency landing after hitting bird n

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say an airplane in Northern California has made an emergency landing after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.

January 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS ANOTHER DAY OF RECORD HEAT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Diego has broken a 103-year-old daily temperature record but a winter heat spell may be easing.

January 23, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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