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Feds delay threat to withhold transit funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

August 16, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

August 16, 2013 | | State


GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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Retail outlets celebrate legal marijuana sales

OAKLAND (AP) - It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Some lawsuits can proceed over cigarettes touted as being natural

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


Trump looks at delivering more water to farmers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California's Central Valley Project, the ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at SoCal law firm

LONG BEACH (AP) - A man walked into the Southern California law firm where he worked and shot two men Friday before turning the gun on ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


DMV cracks down on improper use of car placards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials plan to crack down on thousands of "dead" drivers.

December 29, 2017 | | State


Medley of agencies enforcing pot laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


Legal pot in brings host of environmental rules for California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California's soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and ...

December 22, 2017 | | State


FBI: Modesto man planned Christmas attack on Pier SF’s 39

MODESTO (AP) - The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who said he ...

December 22, 2017 | | State


Nature Conservancy buys California coastal ranchland

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A huge swath of coastal California ranch lands will become a vast preserve through an acquisition funded by a $165 million gift ...

December 22, 2017 | | State


Ongoing SoCal wildfire largest in state history

VENTURA (AP) - The massive wildfire that plagued a wide swath of the Southern California coast for 2½ weeks is now the largest in state history.

December 22, 2017 | | State


‘Celebration of Life’ for San Francisco mayor who died at 65

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was remembered Sunday for his humility, integrity and infectious smile during a public celebration of his life ...

December 17, 2017 | | State


Flames threatening SoCal coastal communities as firefighters mourn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of firefighters tried Sunday to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California history while a funeral procession ...

December 17, 2017 | | State


Pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as ...

December 17, 2017 | | State


1/4 of California kids seen as gender nonconforming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than a quarter of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as "gender nonconforming," meaning those boys ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


State lawmakers propose health coverage for illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in ...

December 14, 2017 | | State


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