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Lawmakers finish California budget with $15.7 billion gap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers finished work Wednesday on the state budget, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Stockton bankruptcy hard hit for city retirees

STOCKTON (AP) - When Stockton becomes the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy, it will strike a hard blow to residents, especially city employees and retirees whose health benefits and pensions helped drive the city toward insolvency.

June 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEMOCRATS PUSH TOP BILLING FOR GOVERNOR'S TAX HIKE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are moving a bill that could give the governor's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Court: Pollution rules can be based on technology that has yet to be developed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California air quality regulators can implement pollution control rules based on expected future technology that doesn't yet exist, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision seen as a victory for agencies that set standards encouraging green technology.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Police step up immigration enforcement

ESCONDIDO (AP) - State and local police across the country didn't need the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law to begin turning people over to the federal government for deportation.

June 26, 2012 | | State


‘Police arrest gay rights advocate for child porn showing toddlers in sex acts with men

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate has been arrested after police said they linked him to an email account that had sent and received images of toddlers engaging in sex acts with men.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Santa Clara to appeal 49ers stadium decision

June 26, 2012 | | State


Neighbors don't like plans for veterans PTSD center

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council delayed voting Tuesday on a controversial plan to open a 40-bed treatment center for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder across the street from a charter elementary school.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo

MENLO PARK (AP) - In yet another change that upset users, Facebook has replaced the email addresses users chose to display on their profile pages with (at)facebook.com addresses.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Bill to regulate medi-pot done for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's medical marijuana industry and critics who contend it has become a cover for illegal drug dealing will have to wait at least another year for the state to set up a system for licensing and regulating pot shops and growers.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Zynga expands game line up amid investor doubts on stratgey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Web game maker Zynga is trying to turn its digital playground into an even more entertaining place, working to prove wrong investors who doubt that it can build a long-lasting business.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Sex abuse testimony from other victims barred in San Jose priest assault case

SAN JOSE (AP) - Defense attorneys of a man who says he assaulted a priest for molesting him decades ago suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge barred testimony from other alleged victims of child abuse by the same cleric.

June 26, 2012 | | State


Truck, nearly 20 cars crash in LA

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - A big-rig truck and nearly 20 cars collided Tuesday on a freeway in the mountains north of Los Angeles, leaving at least 17 people injured, including two critically, authorities said.

June 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN TRAPPED IN CAR IN POOL IS BRAIN DEAD: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A San Diego County woman has been declared brain dead after being trapped in a speeding car driven by her boyfriend that plunged into a swimming pool.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Uggie leaves paw prints at famed Grauman's theater; first honor ever for a dog to get honor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every dog has its day - and Monday belonged to Uggie.

June 25, 2012 | | State


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Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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