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Cutting edge tunnels poised to open

PACIFICA (AP) - Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today.

February 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEWER STUDENTS FORCE CLOSURE OF SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fewer students have forced Sacramento school trustees to shutter seven campuses.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Californians back citizenship for illegals in certain instances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nine in 10 California voters say they support allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the country for several years to stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay any back taxes they may owe, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Court OKs treatment requirement for California grown almond crop

FRESNO (AP) - An appeals court ruled Friday that federal officials have the authority to require that all California almonds be treated for salmonella following outbreaks linked to almonds from the state.

February 22, 2013 | | State


8 officers involved in mistaken ID shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly shot newspaper delivery women while guarding a target of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner remain out of the field pending an internal investigation.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Gas prices see spike of 59 cents in month

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's still February, but California gas prices are springing forward.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Federal budget cutbacks will hit Yosemite park

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Senate Democrats slip below two-thirds with resignation of Rubio

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley lawmaker resigned unexpectedly Friday, creating a vacancy that dropped Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes. The loss, however, was expected to be temporary and not have major impacts on the majority party's clout.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Bridge lights lowered for salmon

REDDING (AP) - Officials have turned down the lights on a Northern California bridge over concerns they may be contributing to a decline in Chinook salmon.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHILD PORN CHARGES AGAINST EX-PROBATION CHIEF: SAN MATEO (AP) - Child porn charges have been filed against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Fans feel the force at lightsaber class

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT MUSHROOMS IN SAN JOSE FIELD: SAN JOSE (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.

February 21, 2013 | | State


More universities offer free online courses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Crane working on new Bay Bridge span falls over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crane tipped over while working on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday, but there were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay, authorities said.

February 21, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO (AP) - A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.

February 21, 2013 | | State


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Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in financial limbo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.

March 02, 2015 | | State


LA police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


California to supply just 20% of water

FRESNO (AP) - Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


4 people killed, 4 others injured in Santa Cruz crash

FREEDOM (AP) - A head-on crash has left four people dead and four others seriously injured when a car packed with teens collided with a pickup truck in rural Santa Cruz County

March 02, 2015 | | State


Well-liked photo teacher found dead in classroom

PLACENTIA (AP) - A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Storms add just 1 percent to state’s snowpack

TRUCKEE (AP) - Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Pit bull badly mauls woman in Pinole

PINOLE (AP) - A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

March 02, 2015 | | State


San Jose: Competition where being blind is cool

SAN JOSE – The order of the day was competition, but the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday was as much about camaraderie, coolness and compassion.

March 01, 2015 | | State


Some farmers to go without federal water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Nearly 16 tons of marijuana seized at California border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Agents at a Southern California border crossing have seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Federal court rejects challenge to micro-stamping gun safety law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Gas prices soar in state as fuel supplies shrink

LONG BEACH (AP) - Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves crash car thru SF electronics store

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves drove a car through a high-end electronics store in the latest crash-and-grab heist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Illegal street race kills 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.

February 26, 2015 | | State


Illegals given another chance to stay in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | | State


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