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MODESTO TEACHER SENTENCED IN STUDENT SEX CASE: MODESTO (AP) - A California high school teacher who left his wife for a former student has been ordered to register as a sex offender in a criminal case stemming from an alleged encounter with another teen.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Pension funds keep elective travel

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's two public pension systems continued to fly top officials around the globe for conferences, workshops and speaking engagements even after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a ban on discretionary travel while the state was trying to emerge from years of budget deficits.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Fire forces evacuation of mountain town

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Artist Lewis Millett didn't need much more than an order to leave his longtime Idyllwild mountain home after seeing 100 foot flames marching toward the mile-high hamlet that draws tourists, summer campers and students to a year-round arts and music school.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Napolitano gets OK as UC system president

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board voted Thursday to appoint Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus system despite objections to her record on immigration.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SONOMA COUNTY SUPE IN COURT AFTER PROWLING ARREST: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County official arrested on suspicion of prowling and burglary at a woman's house has made his first court appearance.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Experts to test phone anti-theft locks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

July 18, 2013 | | State


More oversight sought at developmental centers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Citing a stack of reports criticizing state officials for not properly overseeing facilities that care for people with developmental disabilities, advocates called on Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to appoint an independent figure to improve safety at state-run care facilities.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Buy-America snag stalls Vegas plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended its review of a $5.5 billion loan request that is critical for building a private bullet train between a Southern California desert community and the Las Vegas Strip, leaving the future of the project in jeopardy.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Packs of young folks cause chaos in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles police were combing through cell phones and security footage Wednesday trying to identify dozens of young people who'd rampaged through Hollywood the night before, knocking down people, stealing their cellphones, and grabbing souvenir trinkets from shops before a police sweep and arrests ensued.

July 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

RESIDENTS OF SINKING SUBDIVISION FILE CLAIM: LAKEPORT (AP) - For months homeowners agonized as houses in their subdivision sank one-by-one into a California hilltop. It got so dangerous that the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

July 17, 2013 | | State


3 arrested over city's LGBT proclamation

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Police in the central California town of Porterville say they arrested three people protesting the City Council's decision this week to rescind a proclamation declaring June lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Port of Oakland shuts down after worker's death

OAKLAND (AP) - The Port of Oakland was shut down Wednesday as Longshoremen went on a 24-hour shutdown following the death of a worker while on the job.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Small town publisher wins public records case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state Court of Appeal has ruled that a small-town California newspaper publisher does not have to pay legal fees to a school board he sued over his public records request -a decision hailed by First Amendment advocates as a victory for government transparency.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Price dispute triggers jewelry store killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man charged with the gruesome deaths of two jewelry store clerks and critically wounding the shop owner believed he had overpaid by about $300, prosecutors said in revealing a possible motive for a crime that has shocked the San Francisco Bay Area for its savagery.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Muslim student now in UC board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board confirmed its first Muslim student member Wednesday, despite some Jewish groups' claims that she marginalized Jewish students and promoted an anti-Israel agenda.

July 17, 2013 | | State


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Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

March 26, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

March 26, 2015 | | State


$1B spending plan heads to governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Man shoots, kills San Jose officer who was checking on him after suicide threat

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

March 25, 2015 | | State


AG moves to end anti-gay initiative

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

March 25, 2015 | | State


55% support for legalizing marijuana

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | State


State Senate moves $1 billion water plan

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.

March 25, 2015 | | State


San Jose police officer shot to death

SAN JOSE (AP) - A San Jose police officer was shot to death Tuesday after responding to a call about a man threatening to commit suicide.

March 24, 2015 | | State


What fuels wilds price swings?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Mother, stepmom arrested for assaulting son’s bullies at school

FRESNO (AP) - Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Restaurateur loses part of finger in scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Venice cafe owner had part of a finger bitten off during a scuffle with a man he had ordered out of his restaurant.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Effort to seek quake warning funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.

March 24, 2015 | | State


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