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Bill would protect clergy from gay weddings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Religious officials who do not want to perform gay weddings will not have to worry about jeopardizing their nonprofit status if a bill approved by the state Assembly becomes California law.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Red flag alert may hinder 2 NorCal fires

REDDING (AP) - A series of red flag warnings issued Tuesday had fire officials concerned about containing two major wildfires in Northern California.

August 28, 2012 | | State


California cellphone fines could rise under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will consider a bill that would raise the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers denounce anti-Semitism at California colleges & universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly resolution urging California colleges and universities to squelch nascent anti-Semitism also encouraged educators to crack down on demonstrations against Israel, angering advocates for Muslim students.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Brown gets partial reform win Overall proposal angers labor leaders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systemic reforms to California's badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Mangoes sicken 73 in California with salmonella

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Comparing pension plans: What Brown wanted and got

Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a 12-point pension reform proposal 10 months ago and announced an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday. Here are highlights of his proposal and what he got:

August 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Feinstein calls for fed probe into gas price spike AC

August 28, 2012 | | State


Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

BRAWLEY (AP) - A series of small to moderate earthquakes that shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations is putting people in this small farming town 100 miles east of San Diego on edge as they continue to feel jolts that scientists said could last for days.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Slaughterhouse gets USDA approval to reopen; 450 workers called back

HANFORD (AP) - A slaughterhouse at the center of a food safety and cruelty investigation resumed operations Monday after federal officials approved its plan to improve treatment of animals.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Assembly approves bill to allow judges to declare more than two parents for kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill approved Monday by the state Assembly would allow judges to declare more than two legal parents for some California children.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

San Francisco residents evacuated due to gas leak

August 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BILL WOULD GIVE CYCLISTS 3-FOOT BUFFER ZONE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 27, 2012 | | State


State Senate OKs ban on open carry of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would bar the public display of rifles and shotguns in most cities and towns, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Firefighters work to fully contain two NorCal fires; winds still pose challenge

REDDING (AP) - Firefighters said Monday they hoped to contain two major wildfires this week after the blazes ravaged huge swaths of Northern California.

August 27, 2012 | | State


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Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


1st death reported from Napa quake

NAPA (AP) - A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion killed, likely that attacked boy

CUPERTINO (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Granite slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The granite landscape in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park helped slow the spread of a wildfire, officials said Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Kern County OKs mile- long oil trains

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Income checks throw Californians off plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

September 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California water use drops in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Wildfire sends smoke into famed Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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