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Vice principal taken off campus over gay flap

FULLERTON (AP) - An assistant principal at a Southern California high school has been temporarily removed from campus while district officials assess his pulling a gay student offstage for saying he hoped he could someday marry the love of his life.

April 17, 2012 | | State


California farmers, residents to get more water

FRESNO (AP) - Water agencies that supply millions of California residents and farmers will be getting more water this year, thanks to a wet spring and high reservoir storage.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Cal State faculty starts voting on strike move to fight for 1 percent pay hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some 24,000 California State University employees on Monday started a two-weeklong vote on whether to authorize their union to declare a strike after 22 months of negotiations failed to yield a new contract.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Chief justice, attorneys seek more court funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Supreme Court chief justice, the president of the state bar and the two attorneys who are challenging California's ban on gay marriage warned Monday that state budget cuts to the court system are making justice inaccessible for average people.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Panetta costs taxpayers $32,000 every time he flies home to California home

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his California home, but says it's important "just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight."

April 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

7 INDICTED IN TOY FIRM'S ALLEGED DRUG MONEY SCHEME: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people were arrested Monday in a money laundering scheme that allegedly funneled millions of dollars in Colombian and Mexican drug money through an American toy company, federal officials said.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Judge releases Sacramento teen who was locked up after she says she was raped

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered the release of a 17-year-old girl who had been placed in juvenile hall last month because prosecutors feared she would flee rather than testify at the upcoming trial of a suspected rapist.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Coast Guard ends search for 4 missing yacht racers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The search for four yacht crew members thrown from their boat during a weekend race off Northern California was indefinitely suspended, with the Coast Guard saying the "window of survivability" had passed.

April 16, 2012 | | State


SF startup makes data science a sport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Strange secrets hide in numbers. For instance, an orange used car is least likely to be a lemon.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Women linked by Manson murders form odd friendship

CORCORAN (AP) - On August 9, 1969, two naive 17-year-old girls were launched on a path that led to the unlikeliest of friendships.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Multigenerational housing trends prompt redesign of new homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a home within a home - and it could be coming soon to a home near you.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Rare tragedy at sea hits SF’s sailing community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A century-old tradition, the Full Crew Farallones Race has never been for the faint of heart: Winds averaging 10 to 20 knots and churning 14-foot Pacific Ocean swells are among the rough conditions typically braved by yachts and their crews during the daylong regatta, a spring favorite of skilled sailors.

April 16, 2012 | | State


AG wants mortgage, homeowner protections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general is seeking to build on a recent nationwide bank settlement over home foreclosures by lobbying state lawmakers to advance a package of mortgage-protection bills, which faces critical tests in legislative committees this week.

April 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• COUPLE DIED IN MALL MURDER-SUICIDE, GIRL SURVIVED: SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Northern California strip mall parking lot were once a couple and that a toddler found nearby is their daughter.

April 16, 2012 | | State


Police: Guns show Modesto double murder suspect set for confrontation

MODESTO (AP) - Police investigating the death of a man suspected of gunning down a California sheriff's deputy and a civilian say they've found equipment indicating he was preparing for an armed confrontation: a ballistic vest, a gas mask and several weapons including a high-powered assault rifle.

April 15, 2012 | | State


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BART fined $210,000 for two deaths

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workplace safety officials fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line $210,000 on Thursday over the deaths of two track workers who were killed by a train the officials said was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign agency considers fines for brothers Tom, Bill Berryhill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency began considering Thursday whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Deputy accidentally shoots self in leg

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Riverside County sheriff's officials say a deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to defend himself against an aggressive dog.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Military shell prompts evacuation of homes, businesses

SOLVANG (AP) - An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Fish found with mercury in remote regions of western national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Salmon released in SJ River restoration

FRESNO (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

April 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• BABY DIES AFTER BEING FORGOTTEN IN HOT CAR: SAN JOSE (AP) - An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.

April 17, 2014 | | State


California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


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