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San Diego, San Jose voters asked to cut pensions to help financially stressed budgets

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven years ago, the nation's eighth-largest city was a poster child for fiscal mismanagement. Criminal investigations were in full swing, its bond rating was suspended, audits were long overdue, and the mayor resigned in disgrace.

May 10, 2012 | | State

State bill targets parents who skip kids' shots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents would have to take a trip to the doctor's office before opting out of vaccines if a bill approved by the state Assembly on a party line vote Thursday becomes law.

May 10, 2012 | | State

Brown submits ballot petitions for tax increases for November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown made a personal appeal Thursday for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative, saying their support is crucial because the state's finances have been "screwed up" for a decade.

May 10, 2012 | | State

California to apply for waiver to ‘No Child Left Behind’ federal regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education leaders agreed Thursday to join 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which expects all students to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

May 10, 2012 | | State

Well-traveled Ore. wolf photographed in Calif.

REDDING (AP) - A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.

May 10, 2012 | | State

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May 10, 2012 | | State

Initiative seeks to modify lawmakers' term limits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two decades after approving term limits to force entrenched state lawmakers from office, California voters are being given a chance to change the law with an initiative its supporters say will encourage more consistency and stability.

May 09, 2012 | | State

University files suit over farm encampment by Occupy protestors on 10 acres in Albany

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of University of California, Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago.

May 09, 2012 | | State

Honda wins appeal of small-claims hybrid judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | | State

Court victory for ex-Village People lead singer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to compiling a list of the great songwriters of the past 50 years, Victor Willis' name likely wouldn't merit more than an asterisk.

May 09, 2012 | | State

Ex-transit cop asks court to overturn conviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform in 2009 urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his involuntary manslaughter conviction, saying that letting it stand would place police under an increased threat of prosecution for making mistakes.

May 09, 2012 | | State

‘Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.

May 09, 2012 | | State

State news briefs

3 ARRESTED FOR HIGH-END CUSTOM BICYCLE THEFTS : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say three men used Craigslist and Facebook to steal 200 high-end bicycles throughout Southern California.

May 09, 2012 | | State

Coastal panel OKs Pebble Beach area development backed by Clint Eastwood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After decades of environmental fights, California's chief coastal regulator approved a scaled-back development plan Wednesday by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of real estate covered by rare Monterey pines.

May 09, 2012 | | State

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Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

SAN FRANCIOSCO (AP) - Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers."

November 25, 2014 | | State

Drought forces SF to use groundwater

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's pristine tap water from mountain runoff in the Sierra Nevada soon may be a little less pure.

November 24, 2014 | | State

Amid drought, Burbank not washing 300 city vehicles

BURBANK (AP) - To help save water during California's historic drought, the city of Burbank is getting dirty.

November 24, 2014 | | State

Assistant US attorney named to California state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his effort to diversify the judicial branch, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court

November 24, 2014 | | State

UC Berkeley students leave campus in protest

BERKELEY (AP) - UC Berkeley students fighting tuition hikes system-wide walked out of classes and around the city in a peaceful protest.

November 24, 2014 | | State

Suspect confesses to killing 5 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - One of two registered sex offenders charged with raping and killing four California women confessed to a police detective after his arrest earlier this year, testimony from a grand jury transcript unsealed Monday revealed.

November 24, 2014 | | State

Storms raise hope in 3-year drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.

November 23, 2014 | | State

1 killed, dozens injured in tour bus crash

REDDING (AP) - A tour bus that had already crashed into a restaurant earlier in the day overturned Sunday in Northern California, killing one person and injuring dozens more, five of them seriously, authorities said.

November 23, 2014 | | State

Window washer falls onto moving car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.

November 21, 2014 | | State

UC campuses expands legal services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California is planning to offer legal services at six campuses to students who are living in the U.S. illegally or have parents who might be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama's new immigration order, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State

Death recommended in torching of ex-girlfriend

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for a man who shot his ex-girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her five children in her California home.

November 21, 2014 | | State

$139M deal in sex abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


MAN FACES POSSIBLE JAIL TIME FOR NOT WATERING LAWN: UPLAND (AP) - Fernand Bogman says he's being a responsible citizen by not watering the grass at his San Bernardino County home during California's drought.

November 21, 2014 | | State

Tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.

November 20, 2014 | | State

2 children killed in apartment

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their pregnant mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said.

November 20, 2014 | | State

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