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PARENTS FIGHT AT LA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents were recently caught brawling at a Los Angeles ceremony marking the end of preschool for their children.

June 15, 2012 | | State


LA County courts begin downsizing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County court system began handing out layoff notices Friday as plunging budgets set in motion major reductions.

June 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Fire near BART station suspicious AC

June 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN FILES SUIT AGAINST TV NETWORK, BRISTOL PALIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles man is suing the Lifetime Network and Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, claiming he was taped heckling her for a planned reality show without his knowledge or consent.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Armed robbers can’t get out of store as doors wouldn’t open, surrender to police

INGLEWOOD (AP) - Police on Thursday detained three men after a bungled robbery at a Southern California clothing store where both the suspected robbers and at least eight employees had trouble getting out of the building.

June 14, 2012 | | State


California home sales, prices jump in May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Demand for more expensive properties lifted California home prices to a nearly two-year high in May as sales across all pricing categories showed healthy gains, a research firm said Thursday.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Dispute over $1.2B in CalWORKS puts Democrats at odds with Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Legislature held committee hearings on the California budget a day before the constitutional deadline to approve it, despite ongoing disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown over their plan to make smaller welfare cuts to help balance a $15.7 billion deficit.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Fraud alleged at acclaimed Oakland charter schools that has some of state’s highest scores

OAKLAND (AP) - A nationally recognized charter school organization in California could face a criminal investigation after a state audit found evidence of financial fraud, conflicts of interest and other illegal activities.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Lawmaker calls proposed legislation catch and release for drunk drivers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Offenders sentenced to jail could get work release credit for participating in educational, vocational, drug treatment and other programs under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Bicyclist to be charged in death of SF pedestrian

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco prosecutors plan to charge a bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old man in a San Francisco crosswalk with felony vehicular manslaughter.

June 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE SAY COUPLE KILLED SUSPECTED PIMP

June 14, 2012 | | State


NASA launches telescope to seek out black holes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA on Wednesday launched its newest X-ray space telescope on a mission to shine a light on black holes and other hard-to-see objects lurking in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Lake detected near equator of Saturn's Titan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a surprise find, scientists say they have spotted hints of a methane-rich lake and several ponds near the equator of Saturn's biggest moon.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Former 'Goodfellas' gangster Henry Hill dies in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Henry Hill spent much of his life as a "goodfella," believing his last moment would come with a bullet to the back of his head. In the end he died at a hospital after a long illness, going out like all the average nobodies he once pitied.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Daughter's alleged Mother's Day attack recounted

DENAIR (AP) - A judge heard grisly details of blood-splattered walls and a mother's cries during a preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old Northern California woman accused of attacking her parents last year on Mother's Day.

June 13, 2012 | | State


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Contempt charge for PG&E?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

September 17, 2014 | | State


LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

September 16, 2014 | | State


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