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UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Chevron paying $2M in refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Brown orders inquiry, averts BART strike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in a labor contract dispute, but the clock began ticking again with the potential for another strike in less than a week.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Salinas: 9 killings in 12 days

SALINAS (AP) - A 21-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of opening fire outside a Salinas taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing two people and injuring five others in the city that has seen nine killings in 12 days.

August 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAY AREA BUS DRIVERS GIVE STRIKE NOTICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union employees of a San Francisco Bay Area bus system say they will walk off the job this week if they don't reach a contract deal.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Powerful water district backs tunnel plan

FIVE POINTS (AP) - As a giant harvesting machine uprooted and sucked in hundreds of tomato plants a row at a time, Dan Errotabere contemplated massive strips of bare land on his farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


BART labor talks continue as planned strike looms today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders returned to the bargaining table Sunday in hopes of heading off a strike that would create traffic nightmares for San Francisco area commuters for the second time in a month.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Driver accelerated into crowd

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The driver parked outside a hotel and surveyed the leisurely summer scene at the Venice Beach boardwalk: Hundreds of people were sitting at cafes, walking along the seashore or shopping at vendors selling jewelry or art.

August 04, 2013 | | State


San Diego mayor begins 2-week therapy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Therapists say admitting one has a problem is the first step toward recovery. For San Diego Mayor Bob Filner that could be tricky.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Implosion shrapnel injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators that had gathered in California's Central Valley to watch it come down, officials said.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Toddler badly burned in hash explosion

EUREKA (AP) - Eureka authorities say a 2-year-old boy was badly burned and his parents were arrested following an explosion in an apartment where hash was being produced.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Oil companies frack in coastal waters as regulators ponder special permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

August 04, 2013 | | State


FBI probes burglary at pheasant farm

RIVERSIDE (AP) - An FBI terrorism task force is investigating after an animal rights group took responsibility for cutting open fencing and releasing birds from a Southern California pheasant farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Convicts wearing GPS went unsupervised

SANTA ANA (AP) - A memo from Orange County probation officials shows that more than a dozen convicts required to wear GPS units were left unsupervised for days.

August 04, 2013 | | State


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Democrats attacking each other

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats control every lever of power in California state government, and free from worrying about major losses to Republicans, they're training fire ...

August 06, 2017 | | State


Suspect shot in struggle with Los Banos police dies

LOS BANOS- A man who broke into his estranged wife's home died and two police officers were wounded after a shooting erupted Monday inside ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


Diocese of Stockton secures 4 new teachers thru Notre Dame

Bishop Stephen Blaire has announced the launch of the latest program for the Diocese of Stockton in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


California considers lower bar for its tough lawyer exam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The State Bar of California on Monday proposed lowering the minimum score on the most recent licensing exam for attorneys amid an ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


State’s minor life-without- parole law blasted as unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man while stealing ...

July 31, 2017 | | State


Homeless sex offender rate growing state issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Ex UC Davis chancellor returns to teaching for $318,000 a year

DAVIS (AP) - The former chancellor of the University of California, Davis, who resigned after being placed on leave amid allegations of misconduct, will return to ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


SoCal beach community sees surge in homeless

DANA POINT (AP) - A California coastal community is eager to attract more tourists, but at the same time it's struggling with an unwelcome jump ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Plan to start school after 8:30 a.m. gets mixed grades

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California school kids could be getting more time to sleep.

July 30, 2017 | | State


PBS CEO: Federal cuts may close stations

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Trump’s travel ban keeps orphan kids from foster families in USA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tianna Rooney has already bought the poster board for the sign she'll wave when the 16-year-old refugee boy her family is ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Give Every Child a Chance offering STEM programs

This summer the Give Every Child a Chance Science Technology Electronics (STEM) program visited summer day camps at French Camp, Sequoia, Banta and Ripon Schools.

July 25, 2017 | | State


$6M grant aids SJ effort with addressing mental, substance abuse issues

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally adopted a resolution to accept $6 million in grant funding from the California Board of ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


New Jerusalem School District starts 141st year on Aug. 14

TRACY – New Jerusalem Elementary School District, on the verge of collapse a decade ago, will open its 141st school year on Aug.14 as healthy ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


Should you be worried about rise of artificial intelligence?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk recently slugged it out online over the possible threat artificial intelligence might one day pose ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


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