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BROWN APPROVES TRIBAL CASINO IN SONOMA COUNTY: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has moved a Northern California Indian tribe one step closer to building a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.

May 17, 2012 | | State


Bill would repeal vehicle asset limit of $4,650 for CalWorks participation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Families would no longer have to give up their vehicles to receive welfare if a bill passed Thursday by the Assembly becomes law.

May 17, 2012 | | State


Street skateboarding league posts $1.6M in prizes for 4 contests

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sometime Saturday evening, a professional skateboarder will throw down some big tricks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, watch his rivals fall off one by one and walk away with $150,000.

May 17, 2012 | | State


A current lawmaker on the ballot: Who would know?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines has been a state lawmaker since she won a special election to fill an empty seat last year.

May 17, 2012 | | State


Phosphorous may have been on hot beach rocks at that severely burned her legs, hands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.

May 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTORIST FATALLY STABBED AFTER CRASHING INTO HOUSE: INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A motorist being chased at high-speed by another driver has been stabbed to death after crashing into a Southern California house.

May 17, 2012 | | State


Injured man found week after San Jose rollover crash

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities couldn't find the driver of a pickup truck after it rolled over along a Northern California freeway. But he was there a week later when they went back to search for more clues.

May 17, 2012 | | State


TB patient charged for not taking his meds

STOCKTON (AP) - San Joaquin County authorities took the unusual step of jailing and charging a tuberculosis patient who they say refused to take medication to keep his disease from becoming contagious.

May 16, 2012 | | State


Six sisters sue government agencies claiming sexual abuse by dad missed

MARTINEZ (AP) - Six sisters who for years were sexually abused by their father with their mother's help have sued government entities and officials, claiming they failed to properly investigate their ordeal.

May 16, 2012 | | State


CA official seeks US commitment on high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of the California Senate called Wednesday on the Obama administration to say now whether it will commit more federal money to the state's high-speed rail project if the president wins a second term.

May 16, 2012 | | State


Documents allege teen assaulted during Bible study

CORONA (AP) - A Southern California pastor charged with terrorizing a 13-year-old boy allegedly carried out the assault during a Bible study session while a circle of men watched, newly unsealed court documents revealed.

May 16, 2012 | | State


Even if voters Ok tax hikes, California faces chronic deficits for years to come

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Even if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for higher taxes this fall, his ballot initiative would be only a partial solution to the state's chronic budget deficits.

May 16, 2012 | | State


Horse runs into sea, rescued a mile offshore

CARPINTERIA (AP) - Maybe he should be named Bob.

May 16, 2012 | | State


University of Calif confronts budget shortfall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's Board of Regents on Wednesday weighed a possible tuition increase to close a major budget shortfall and named a new chancellor for UC San Diego

May 16, 2012 | | State


High-speed rail environmental exemptions sought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail chief says he's seeking environmental exemptions on the first 130-mile leg of the bullet train in the San Joaquin Valley.

May 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | State


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Fire forces evacuation from Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Search resumes for mountain lion

CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal.

September 09, 2014 | | State


3 family members hit, killed by car in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

September 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 8 RESCUED FROM FISHING BOAT OFF SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco says eight people were rescued from a troubled charter fishing boat while the captain stayed aboard to plug the leak.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Yosemite blaze prompts evacuation of 100 campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A 400-acre wildfire that started weeks ago in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park led to the evacuation of about 100 campers Sunday as the flames grew unexpectedly, officials said.

September 07, 2014 | | State


At premiere, cast, crew discuss end of ‘Anarchy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast and crew of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" gathered in Hollywood Saturday night for their seventh, and final, season premiere.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater

VALLEJO (AP) - A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region's drought.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Flores was San Diego’s first Hispanic bishop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cirilo Flores was an attorney when he had a midlife change of heart and became a Roman Catholic priest, leading to a brief tenure as the first Hispanic bishop of San Diego.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger returns to state capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Governator is back.

September 07, 2014 | | State


California conservationists buy undervalued lands

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California conservation groups took advantage of depressed property values during the nation's recession to snap up vast swaths of land for public use in the Sierra Nevada region.

September 07, 2014 | | State


700 homes evacuated from fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - A new wildfire that broke out Friday on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes, officials said.

September 06, 2014 | | State


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

September 06, 2014 | | State


STATE BIGGEST BENEFACTOR

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State


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