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SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Balance in Assembly hangs on 2 tight races’ Berryhill still leads for senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties were watching just two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Televangelist testifies in bankruptcy case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Cal State mulls 3 fee hikes to push graduation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Julia Child-Thermador suit will be heard in Calif.

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA 13-year-old donates $13,000 to injured soldiers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.

November 08, 2012 | | State


SF plans to provide transgender surgeries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

November 08, 2012 | | State


3 House races still too close to call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal observers traveled from Washington to Sacramento on Thursday to ensure every vote is counted in a congressional race near the state capital, one of three U.S. House contests in California too close to call two days after the most hotly contested congressional elections the state has seen in decades.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Redistricting shakes up House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA voters mandate condom use on porn sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Backers of GMO labels look ahead after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists seeking special labels on food made from genetically engineered crops vowed Wednesday to continue their push despite a loss at the California ballot box where they were vastly outspent by biotechnology giants.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


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Brown creates new online security center

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the creation of a new security center Monday that will be responsible for strengthening online security to prevent cyber-attacks ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Ex-agent pleads guilty in Silk Road probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of electronic currency during a high-profile investigation into ...

August 31, 2015 | | State


Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


Surfer uninjured after shark bites her board off Morro Bay beach

MORRO BAY (AP) - A surfer escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast.

August 30, 2015 | | State


Golf club pays $100,000 over manure incident

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


Missing hiker found in Sierra is recovering

FRESNO (AP) - The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days said Sunday that she ...

August 30, 2015 | | State


‘Reckless behavior’ in pier killing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even if the suspect at the center of a national immigration debate accidentally fired the shot that killed a young woman on ...

August 28, 2015 | | State


Fatal pier shot was ricochet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admits he fired the shot that killed a young San Francisco ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Twitter tries to lure more users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's most urgent task is naming a new CEO. But the most formidable one is convincing more people that its service ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Apple’s new product event set on Sept. 9

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers declined Thursday to take up a bill that would raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation, likely stalling ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


State holds on to $10M in donations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


State Senate OKs Raising age to buy cigarettes to 21

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers advanced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday, reviving proposals that earlier stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from tobacco ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


2 dead in shooting outside Salinas Social Security office

SALINAS (AP) - Police say a man is in custody after a shooting outside a Social Security Administration office Thursday that left his estranged wife critically ...

August 27, 2015 | | State


Californians cut water use back 31%

FRESNO (AP) - For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.

August 27, 2015 | | State


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