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DEVELOPER PROPOSES MASSIVE THEME PARK IN TRACY: TRACY (AP) - A developer is proposing to build a $1.2 billion entertainment hub in Tracy that would be four times bigger than Disneyland.

August 22, 2012 | | State


More high school students pass exit exam for sixth straight year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pass rate for California's high school exit exam increased slightly for the class of 2012, marking the sixth straight year of gains, state education officials announced Wednesday.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Judge ends lawsuit over. inmate dental care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has ended a lawsuit over poor dental care in California prisons, saying that conditions have improved in the seven years since the suit was filed.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Assembly votes to ban hunting for bear or bobcats using hounds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A hotly contested bill that would ban the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California moved a step closer to becoming law.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Costs of big wildfire season hits struggling state governments hard

MANTON (AP) - A huge wildfire in California is just the latest destructive blaze to stretch resources across the West during a fire season that has been one of the worst in years.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill would help injured student athletes at high profile California universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Wednesday approved first-in-the-nation legislation requiring California universities with the most high-profile sports programs to provide financial protections for student athletes who suffer career-ending injuries.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Calif. health officials warn of lead in licorice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials are warning consumers not to eat black licorice twist candies made by Red Vines because they contain too much lead.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Spending missteps make Brown tax plan a hard sell

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has made austerity a hallmark of his administration, telling state workers they must turn in their cellphones, selling off state vehicles, severely reducing employee travel and cutting billions from the general fund.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Brown jokes about 'Moonbeam' label in JPL visit

PASADENA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown briefly reinstated his "Governor Moonbeam" nickname during a visit Wednesday to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he thanked the NASA scientists who successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill seeks to reduce police, student confrontation

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California State University campuses would be required to designate liaisons between student protesters and campus law enforcement under a bill approved by the Assembly.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Metal thieves find markets at illegal scrap yards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Metal thieves who have stripped wires from streetlights and statues from parks have found markets at illegal scrap yards in Southern California, authorities said.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill would lower cost of chemo pills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Patients undergoing chemotherapy would pay less for pill-based treatments under legislation sent to the governor Wednesday over the objections of some health plans and insurers.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Senate OKs bill targeting unvaccinated students

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has approved a bill that would require parents to visit the doctor's office before enrolling their children in school without vaccines.

August 22, 2012 | | State


State Side

BILL MANDATES QUICK REPORTING OF LOST, STOLEN GUNS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gun owners would have to report stolen or missing firearms to authorities within 48 hours of discovering them gone under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Sewage worker's unused sick time worth $145K

August 22, 2012 | | State


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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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