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STOCKTON RETIREES SUE TO STOP HEALTH BENEFIT CUTS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton city retirees are suing the bankrupt California city in an effort to stop cuts to their health benefits.

July 12, 2012 | | State


Both parties block quick votes on Obama tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a day of political maneuvering, Democrats and then Republicans took turns blocking a quick Senate vote on President Barack Obama's proposal to extend expiring tax cuts for a year on everyone but the highest-earning Americans.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Judge lets startup relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - A startup company can continue to send live TV programming to iPhones and other mobile devices in the city despite objections from major broadcasters that say expansion can threaten the free broadcasting of events such as the Super Bowl, a judge ruled Wednesday.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Yoga teacher fired after glare at Facebook worker

MENLO PARK (AP) - Looks may not kill, but they can get you fired.

July 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SHERIFF WANTS POLITICIANS TO RETURN BADGES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca is recalling about 200 official-looking badges that were given to politicians for use during disasters.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Placer County wildfire forces evacuation of homes

FORESTHILL. (AP) - A 120-acre fire in a steep, heavily wooded area of the American River Canyon is forcing the evacuation of several homes.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Berkeley voters to decide sidewalk-sitting ban

July 11, 2012 | | State


San Diego freeway sign sitter surrenders

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who perched on a San Diego freeway sign for more than eight hours, jamming traffic for miles, has surrendered to authorities.

July 11, 2012 | | State


It's not lunacy: Not-a-planet Pluto boasts 5 moons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion.

July 11, 2012 | | State


High-powered lesbians create own PAC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, her politically active family's sole Democrat, and a sister with three brothers, Laura Ricketts is comfortable being the odd woman out.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Feds target popular Oakland pot shop for closure via property seizure

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that has been billed as the largest pot shop on the planet has been targeted for closure by federal prosecutors in Northern California, suggesting that a crackdown on the state's medical marijuana industry remains well under way.

July 11, 2012 | | State


House Democrats fall short in blocking food stamp reductions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats fell short in efforts Wednesday to block cuts to the food stamp program as the House Agriculture Committee moved ahead on a half-trillion-dollar bill to fund farm and nutrition programs over the next five years. Similarly, a Republican attempt to make deeper cuts to the program was defeated.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Governor issues furloughs for last 2 labor groups impacting 11,000 state workers

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued a furlough order Wednesday for more than 11,000 California workers whose unions have yet to reach a deal for a 5 percent wage cut.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Another California city opts for bankruptcy

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - In this sweltering Southern California city, officials tried to keep the budget in check by selling assets, cutting spending and asking public employees to take a hit as tax revenues dwindled.

July 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE: TRACY MOTEL OWNER, 62, KILLED BY NAKED MAN: TRACY (AP) - Tracy police are investigating the death of a motel owner who was allegedly killed by a naked man in her business office.

July 10, 2012 | | State


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Congresswoman says CHP beating video is police brutality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Officials: Juvenile started wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teachers to attest to reporting abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials, and not just school administrators, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


You may soon get $500 fine for water waste

GLENDALE (AP) - Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief’s car

SANTA ANA (AP) - Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Dodgers partly responsible in beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Lawyer proclaims incompetence in case

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California defense attorney dropped his client in the middle of a murder trial, saying he's incompetent to represent the man any further.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Pit bull killed after chewing off ears of 4-yerar-old boy

FONTANA (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a dog that had chewed off the ears of a 4-year-old boy at a home in Fontana.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Water levels at Lake Mead drop to new low

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Drought in the southwestern U.S will deplete the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Man left in cell for days: Buck passing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student who was kept in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water, but they did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible, investigators said Tuesday in a report that faulted the workers and other officials for an incident that led to nationwide changes in the agency's detention policies.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Tree toppled onto coaster; left riders dangling in air

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - An entire tree fell onto a roller coaster's tracks in California, dislodging the front car and keeping nearly two dozen riders hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours, according to the state agency that investigates workplace accidents.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers tour shelter for children

PORT HUENEME (AP) - California lawmakers and religious leaders said Tuesday they were pleased with conditions of a temporary shelter in Ventura County for children caught crossing the border, but they're worried about the young immigrants' future.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Progress on major western wildfires

WINTERS (AP) - Crews boosted by hundreds of additional firefighters increased containment on Tuesday of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California, and full containment is expected by the end of the week on what is one of dozens of blazes blackening parts of the West.

July 08, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• EX-LIFER ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT: FONTANA (AP) - A Southern California man who was freed from a life sentence last year is back in jail.

July 08, 2014 | | State


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