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Teacher pension shortfall rises to $65B but isn’t as bad as originally projected

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The unfunded liability for California's teacher pension fund has risen to $64.5 billion, an amount that is $8.5 billion higher than a year ago but not as bad as forecasts had anticipated, fund officials said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Allegiant to offer nonstop flights to Honolulu

FRESNO (AP) - An airline that connects small cities with leisure destinations will begin nonstop flights from the mainland to Honolulu in June.

April 10, 2012 | | State


Agency opens online front in water wars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's water wars have long been waged in courtrooms, but shots are now being fired on the Internet as well.

April 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SALES OF KINKADE ARTWORK SURGE AFTER PAINTER DIES: PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Galleries that sell the work of Thomas Kinkade are reporting a surge in sales following the popular painter's death at age 54.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Rushed bills compromise disclosure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Among the many bills rushed through when lawmakers passed the state budget last year was one protecting teachers if the state had to resort to automatic spending cuts in the middle of the school year.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Shooters of Calif. dad who saved son are sought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of a Southern California man who died shielding his 8-year-old son from gunfire announced a $10,000 reward Monday for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors detain teen to solidify rape case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors have taken the unusual step of detaining an alleged teenage rape victim who has a history of running away, saying she is a key witness against a man prosecutors say is a career criminal and serial rapist.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Pet lovers face deadline on license plate sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a state where people wear their hearts on their bumpers, a specialty license plate campaign by California pet lovers to save animal lives needs saving.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Bicyclists protest coastal highway rumble strips

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Bicyclists are unhappy over plans to gouge vibration-inducing safety strips into a 10-mile stretch of scene California coastal highway.

April 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Bicyclists protest coastal highway rumble strips

April 09, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

COAST GUARD SAYS 2 MEN, BOY OK AFTER NIGHT AT SEA: BODEGA BAY (AP) - The Coast Guard says two men and a seven-year-old boy are OK after they spent a cold night at sea on a disabled small boat.

April 08, 2012 | | State


Wife of congressman runs for Calif. Assembly seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tense political drama is unfolding in the Santa Clarita Valley, where the 69-year-old wife of Republican Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon has decided to seek political office herself. Her main rival in the June state Assembly primary is a former staffer to her husband.

April 08, 2012 | | State


Tanker fire shuts down parts of LA freeways

GLENDALE (AP) - The driver of a car that slammed into the rear of a gasoline tanker that burst into flames was arrested Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving, and westbound lanes of the 134 Freeway remained closed more than 12 hours after the fiery collision.

April 08, 2012 | | State


Police check cell records in fatal Concord crash

CONCORD (AP) - Cellphone records were being checked as investigators try to determine whether talking on a phone may have contributed to a crash that killed a 41-year-old Concord man and his 9-year-old daughter as they rode their bicycles on a sidewalk along Concord's busy Treat Boulevard, police said Sunday.

April 08, 2012 | | State


Cost to pack state park artifacts will cut into savings from park closures

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shuttering dozens of California state parks to trim millions from the state budget will take more than simply hanging a "Closed" sign on trailheads and beach parking lots. Many on the closure list house thousands of historical treasures that must be packed up, catalogued and stored if deals are not reached to save them.

April 08, 2012 | | State


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Firefighters battle 5 blazes along I-80

APPLEGATE (AP) - Firefighters on the ground and in the air battled five grass fires totaling about 350 acres that forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 80 and brought home evacuations Wednesday near the unincorporated community of Applegate in Placer County.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Expert rejects evidence of life in brain-dead girl

OAKLAND (AP) - A court-appointed expert has told a California judge he sees no evidence that a 13-year-old girl is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 08, 2014 | | State


California grounds air tankers after deadly Yosemite crash

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK . (AP) - California's fleet of 22 air tankers was grounded Wednesday after one of the planes crashed while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Pilot dies in crash fighting Yosemite fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Air tanker crashes while fighting fire in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in Northern California smashed into a steep canyon wall Tuesday, but there was no immediate word on the condition of the pilot, who was believed to be the only person aboard, officials said.

October 07, 2014 | | State


More than 50 sperm whales spotted

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Twitter sues FBI & DOJ

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Police: Principal found with drugs, young woman

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - The principal of a private Marin County high school resigned following his arrest at a hotel room where authorities said Tuesday he was found with drugs and a passed-out woman roughly 30 years younger than him.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Demos outspent GOP in state election races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Newly filed campaign finance reports show the Republican candidates for statewide office are lagging Democrats in every race, while candidates in the contest that is believed to be the closest, the nonpartisan race for schools superintendent, are more closely matched.

October 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 BOYS PLUNGE OUT APARTMENT WINDOW : HAWTHORNE (AP) - Two toddlers have fallen out of a Southern California apartment window and one is in critical condition.

October 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E faces penalty in judge-shopping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Water use drops 11.5% in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest increases, decreases in August water consumption

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Tutor charged in grade fixing scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades was arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


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