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Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Legislature withholds nepotism report

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Tribe’s casino plan to go before voters

MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Girl’s family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Men wearing GPS devices indicted for killings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-firefighter to stand trial for fatal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


San Francisco to pay $15M in fatal park hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Monterey law bans sitting, lying on sidewalks

MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

October 01, 2014 | | State


SF expands free public Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Caltrans: Bay Bridge tower rods exposed to water

OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.

October 01, 2014 | | State


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Mudslides partially close I-80, US 50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mudslides have partially closed two major trans-Sierra routes.

January 08, 2017 | | State


Uber to help cities get grasp on traffic patterns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber is offering a helping hand to some of the same city leaders it sometimes antagonizes with the aggressive way it runs ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


SeaWorld San Diego ending killer whale show

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld San Diego is ending its long-running killer whale show after years of outcry and falling attendance prompted it to renounce theatrical ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


Brown reps budget amid uncertainty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will release a proposed state spending plan this week without knowing the answers to key questions that will have a ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


CONVICTED AS MAN, IN JAIL AS WOMAN

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


San Diego mayor eyes 2018 race for governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pledged to finish his four-year term as he campaigned for re-election last year, a decision that would ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


Foreign government may have breached Anthem health data

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A foreign government may have been behind a cyber breach of health insurance company Anthem Inc. that compromised the records of more than ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


SJ Museum is showcasing Stockton Chinatown history

LODI – A special exhibition on Stockton's Chinatown opens Jan. 29 with various activities at the San Joaquin County Museum at Micke Grove Park.

January 06, 2017 | | State


Yahoo accidently tweets racial slur

SUN NYVALE (AP) - Yahoo Finance says it accidentally tweeted out a racial epithet when promoting a story about the cost of President-elect Donald Trump's ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


Beat poet David Meltzer dies at 79

OAKLAND (AP) - David Meltzer, a Beat poet and musician who appeared in an influential anthology in his early 20s and went on to complete more ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


Vandalized Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn't your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read "HOLLYWeeD" for a ...

January 01, 2017 | | State


Going broke over Fleet Week

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The nonprofit foundation that runs San Diego Fleet Week is out of money, and its board has been negotiating with creditors to ...

January 01, 2017 | | State


Refugees struggle with PTSD

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's capital has emerged as a leading destination for Afghan refugees who were awarded special visas because of their service to coalition ...

January 01, 2017 | | State


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