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Bill would create quake warning system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could join Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone countries that alert residents to the approach of powerful shaking under a bill awaiting approval from Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 13, 2013 | | State


Illegals need to come out of shadows

SANTA ANA (AP) - To get the driver's licenses they've long sought, immigrants living in California illegally will have to do something many have long resisted: publicly identify themselves.

September 13, 2013 | | State


EPA fines Modesto cereal plant $365K

MODESTO (AP) - Two corporations that owned the Post cereal brand have agreed to pay $635,000 in fines to settle allegations that they failed to prevent air pollution from a Modesto plant where Grape-Nuts, Banana Nut Crunch and other products were made.

September 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Illegals driver's license bill in limbo

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would expand role of pharmacists in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Forecast: California to outpace nation in job growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bill grants overtime for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Richmond moves ahead with eminent domain plan

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.

September 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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Dunkin’ Donuts building Modesto location

MODESTO (AP) - Dunkin' Donuts is moving ahead on its plan to expand into California.

June 10, 2014 | | State


Demos, governor debate budget total

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As budget talks enter the final week, Democratic state lawmakers have been pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to accept higher revenue projections so more money can go toward restoring social services.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Teacher suspended after arrest for kidnapping students

ALTADENA (AP) - A veteran Southern California high school teacher accused of asking three students for a ride, holding a knife on them and ordering them to take him to a fast-food restaurant, was suspended Monday and remained in custody, officials said.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Area falls short in water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent appears to have fallen on deaf ears - at least in the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 09, 2014 | | State


High court won’t hear state appeal about disabled sent to county jails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that California bears responsibility for nearly 2,000 disabled parolees housed in county jails.

June 09, 2014 | | State


$1M bail for teen jailed in $240K vehicle theft

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Northern California teenager accused of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 09, 2014 | | State


2-year-old dies after statue falls on him

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed when a 6-foot-tall dolphin statue fell on him in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, police said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | State


UC Riverside student freed after kidnapping

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say a University of California, Riverside, psychology student may have used her lessons to escape from a kidnapper.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Sacramento County eyes indoor pot growing limitations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors this week would limit indoor marijuana growing to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas.

June 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SISTERS CHARGED IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL PROBE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says two sisters are in custody for allegedly operating a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Fresno principal kills self amid sex abuse probe

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Study: California grocery workers struggle to pay for their own food

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Teen jailed after arrest in $240K car

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Another county sues state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.

June 06, 2014 | | State


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