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Lawmakers want reversal in CPUC San Bruno probe

January 27, 2012 | | State


Actress' claim to be gay by choice riles activists

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Court ruling on new political redistricting maps could expand Democratic majority

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Friday upheld a new political map drawn by the state's independent redistricting commission in a ruling that gives Democrats their long-awaited opportunity to control two-thirds of a legislative chamber, the threshold needed to pass tax increases.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Doctor convicted in Jackson death seeks release

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death asked a judge Friday to release him from jail pending his appeal.

January 27, 2012 | | State


California passes new auto emission rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seeking to influence other states and Washington, California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Facebook, Washington state target online spam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook is partnering with Washington state to combat a type of spam called "clickjacking" that is plaguing the social networking site, company and state officials announced Thursday.

January 26, 2012 | | State


California Assembly bills expand health coverage requirements for private insurance policies in sta

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Ex-psychologist pleads no contest to rape hoax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California prison psychologist accused of staging a home invasion and sexual assault pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists gets probation

FRESNO (AP) - A California auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists in less than a year has been placed on probation rather than serve jail time for the crime spree.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Senate leader shoots down redevelopment extension, says there aren’t enough votes

SACRAMENTO - (AP) - A bill that would delay the elimination of the 400 community redevelopment agencies in the state does not have sufficient support to pass by the Feb. 1 deadline, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Term limits harm to state leadership never more obvious

There is probably no more popular law in California today than term limits, the result of a 1990 ballot proposition limiting state legislators to six years in the Assembly and eight in the state Senate.

January 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE REFUSES TO LIFT STAY-AWAY ORDER FOR SHERIFF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge has refused to lift a stay-away order for embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi meaning he still must stay away from his family after being charged with domestic violence and other misdemeanors.

January 26, 2012 | | State


Survivor testifies in traffic killings trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lone survivor of a 2008 traffic shooting that killed his father and two brothers tearfully testified Wednesday that the alleged gang member on trial for the triple murders committed the crimes alone.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Man gets reward in homeless killings case

ANAHEIM (AP) - Danny Hopkins was making a quick stop at a drug store to buy his wife a pack of cigarettes when a man burst inside and screamed for help.

January 25, 2012 | | State


Judge: Oakland police could face federal takeover for not complying to court orders

OAKLAND (AP) - Mayor Jean Quan vowed Wednesday to quickly reform the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department after a frustrated judge threatened a federal takeover if it fails to quickly make good on changes agreed to nine years ago.

January 25, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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