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Median CEO pay crosses $10M

NEW YORK (AP) - They're the $10 million men and women.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Students mourn near scene of rampage

GOLETA (AP) - Thousands gathered at the University of California, Santa Barbara on Tuesday to mourn six students killed in a weekend rampage as California lawmakers proposed new ways of keeping guns out of the hands of disturbed killers.

May 27, 2014 | | State


LA district moves to end ‘teacher jails’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers under investigation for possible misconduct will be allowed to stay home during their suspensions rather than report every workday to Los Angeles school district offices referred to as "teacher jails."

May 27, 2014 | | State


Bill would allow local groundwater management

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday asking local agencies to develop plans to manage groundwater, a supply that is largely unregulated throughout the state even amid a statewide drought.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Couple’s buried gold coins go for sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A treasure trove of rare gold coins that were discovered by a California couple out walking their dog last year are set to go on sale. The nearly 1,430 coins date from 1847 to 1894 and have been valued at more than $11 million. One was auctioned at the Old San Francisco Mint on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Most of the rest will go on sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com later that evening. Here are five things to know about the coins and their origin:

May 27, 2014 | | State


‘HiddenCash’ creates social media frenzy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco - and causing an international frenzy on social media.

May 27, 2014 | | State


SJ Valley man shoots, kills 1 of home intruders

OROSI (AP) - A man defended his three younger siblings in a shootout inside their Central California home early Tuesday, killing one intruder and sending a second to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Firefighters fight Mariposa blaze

FRESNO (AP) - Firefighters swarmed to the Central California foothills on Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to cover 2 square miles in two days.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Bill would allow 4-year community college degrees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Proposals aim to help young offenders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles city leader to probe street crew work

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Mass murderers are hard to predict

GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Police: Masked gunman wounds 2 in shooting

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Authorities in Northern California were searching Monday for a masked gunman who shot two people in a car after they attended an R&B concert.

May 26, 2014 | | State


African-American cowboy crooner dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Herb Jeffries, the first African-American singing cowboy to appear in movies in the 1930s, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.

May 26, 2014 | | State


California’s flawed water system can’t track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought-ravaged reservoirs are running so low that state water deliveries to some metropolitan areas have all but stopped, and cutbacks are forcing growers to fallow fields. But 19th-century laws allow almost 4,000 companies, farms and others to use an unmonitored amount of water for free - and in some cases, to sell what they don't need.

May 25, 2014 | | State


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Man returns $125K that fell from armored truck

FRESNO (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Woman attacks girl with hammer

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman is accused of attacked a 9-year-old girl with a hammer at the girl's elementary school.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Sex reassignment surgery ban lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Musk unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

May 30, 2014 | | State


CHP looks into allegations of firefighter behavior

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether state firefighters had sex with a woman who later was stabbed to death in the home she shared with a battalion chief, a claim made during the subsequent homicide investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers split on medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, a day after competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Wild river status for Mokelumne?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Part of a river draining the central Sierra Nevada could win new protections from a wild-and-scenic designation under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite complaints that the action could aggravate water shortages caused by California's drought.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Army Corps: Restore Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Scaled-down preschool advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to provide preschool programs for children in low-income families passed the state Senate on Thursday. But it represents a proposal that is far less than what its author had originally intended.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Bill would mandate paid sick time

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday despite objections from Republican lawmakers and business groups that labeled it a "job killer."

May 29, 2014 | | State


8 states release plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871B yearly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Ballot proposals: Let’s make a deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved changes to California's century-old initiative process with a provision that allows for negotiations between the Legislature and the proponents, who could then withdraw their proposal even if they had gathered enough petition signatures.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara rampage shows gaps in state’s mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | | State


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