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Auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists gets probation

FRESNO (AP) - A California auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists in less than a year has been placed on probation rather than serve jail time for the crime spree.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Senate leader shoots down redevelopment extension, says there aren’t enough votes

SACRAMENTO - (AP) - A bill that would delay the elimination of the 400 community redevelopment agencies in the state does not have sufficient support to pass by the Feb. 1 deadline, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Term limits harm to state leadership never more obvious

There is probably no more popular law in California today than term limits, the result of a 1990 ballot proposition limiting state legislators to six years in the Assembly and eight in the state Senate.

January 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE REFUSES TO LIFT STAY-AWAY ORDER FOR SHERIFF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge has refused to lift a stay-away order for embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi meaning he still must stay away from his family after being charged with domestic violence and other misdemeanors.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Survivor testifies in traffic killings trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lone survivor of a 2008 traffic shooting that killed his father and two brothers tearfully testified Wednesday that the alleged gang member on trial for the triple murders committed the crimes alone.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Man gets reward in homeless killings case

ANAHEIM (AP) - Danny Hopkins was making a quick stop at a drug store to buy his wife a pack of cigarettes when a man burst inside and screamed for help.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Judge: Oakland police could face federal takeover for not complying to court orders

OAKLAND (AP) - Mayor Jean Quan vowed Wednesday to quickly reform the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department after a frustrated judge threatened a federal takeover if it fails to quickly make good on changes agreed to nine years ago.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Santa Clara rejects 2nd vote on 49ers stadium

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The fight over a new $1billion stadium for the 49ers in Santa Clara appears headed to court after city officials rejected an attempt to put the project in front of voters again.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Surgeon in teen sex case found dead in Mammoth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mammoth Lakes surgeon charged with sex crimes against a 14-year-old Santa Barbara girl killed himself two weeks after he posted bail and was outfitted with a GPS ankle tracking device, his attorney said Wednesday.

January 25, 2012 | | State


CSU taps new presidents' salaries at $325K

LONG BEACH (AP) - The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday capped salaries of newly hired campus presidents at $325,000 after an outcry over a $400,000 pay package approved for a new president last year when tuition shot up 12 percent.

January 25, 2012 | | State


LA mayor signs law requiring condoms in pornography films

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actors in adult movies filmed in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms under an ordinance signed into law by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and porn industry leaders say the regulation could lead them to abandon the nation's porn capital.

January 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PARKS SUPERINTENDENT KILLED IN RANCHO CARDOVA: RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - Police on Tuesday arrested a recently laid-off park employee in the shooting death of a parks superintendent whose body was found in his bullet-riddled car in a Northern California park near the American River.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Sales tax hike will be challenge for Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes has wide support among California voters, but his path to victory in November remains far from certain, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


No whooping cough deaths in state last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California did not suffer a single death from whooping cough in 2011, the first year since 1991 that there have been no fatalities in the state from the highly contagious illness, health officials said Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Storm shutdown of tram kept hikers on peak

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Seventeen hikers spent a cold night stranded on an 8,516-foot mountain when a fierce storm with howling 100 mph winds forced operators to shut down the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, authorities said.

January 24, 2012 | | State


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Move to protect higher income taxpayers from higher federal taxes by donating money to state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate passed legislation Tuesday that aims to protect taxpayers from facing higher federal tax bills, the first concrete action in a ...

January 30, 2018 | | State


California hero firefighter Bill Clayton passes away

CARLSBAD. (AP) - Bill Clayton, a firefighter who helped rescue hundreds of people and twice received California's highest honor, has died.

January 30, 2018 | | State


State may create taxpayer backed bank for pot sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials announced Tuesday that they will take a detailed look at the possibility of creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle what ...

January 30, 2018 | | State


Stanford drops sex assault plaque idea

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University is canceling plans to put a plaque on the campus site where a woman was sexually assaulted by a former ...

January 30, 2018 | | State


‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker dies at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the ...

January 28, 2018 | | State


Case of shackled kids revives home-school regulation debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just over a week after California officials found 13 siblings allegedly held captive and younger children apparently not missed by schools because ...

January 28, 2018 | | State


Congressmen criticize end of free checking accounts at BofA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Democratic U.S. congressmen want Bank of America to explain its decision to eliminate a popular free-checking account.

January 28, 2018 | | State


Thousands march in SF pro life event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of people who want to outlaw abortion marched Saturday in San Francisco in the 14th annual Walk for Life.

January 28, 2018 | | State


Future floods will be kept in mind as Montecito rebuilds

MONTECITO (AP) - After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a ...

January 15, 2018 | | State


Exhibit celebrates 1960 Winter Games at Tahoe

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Weeks ahead of the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, the El Dorado Arts Council has opened a new ...

January 15, 2018 | | State


Highway 101 to stay shut another week after SoCal mudslides

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said ...

January 15, 2018 | | State


Children chained to beds while living in squalor found in SoCal

PERRIS - A Perris couple were arrested on suspicion of torture and child abuse after police found several of their children chained to beds in putrid ...

January 15, 2018 | | State


Gospel star Hawkins, known for ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dies at 74

PLEASANTON(AP) - Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day" and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music ...

January 15, 2018 | | State


Democrats in race for governor say Trump is racist

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Candidates seeking to become California's next governor dueled Saturday over deep partisan differences, with Democrats and Republicans breaking sharply on issues ...

January 14, 2018 | | State


Mudslide brings economic shock to area

SANTA BARBARA. (AP) - The mudslide that killed at least 20 people is causing distress miles from where the torrent of muck and boulders stopped, as ...

January 14, 2018 | | State


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