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CHILD PORN CHARGES AGAINST EX-PROBATION CHIEF: SAN MATEO (AP) - Child porn charges have been filed against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Fans feel the force at lightsaber class

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT MUSHROOMS IN SAN JOSE FIELD: SAN JOSE (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.

February 21, 2013 | | State


More universities offer free online courses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Crane working on new Bay Bridge span falls over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crane tipped over while working on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday, but there were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay, authorities said.

February 21, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO (AP) - A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Defense: Corruption case mayor uneducated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments Thursday.

February 21, 2013 | | State


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CAR ENDS UP HANGING OFF I-5 BRIDGE

February 21, 2013 | | State


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TURLOCK ARSON CONSIDERED ATTEMPTED MURDER: TURLOCK - A fire at an abandoned cheese factory Tuesday night was not only arson, but attempted murder, Turlock Police said.

February 20, 2013 | | State


State drops conflict claim against prison monitor

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has withdrawn a conflict of interest claim against a court-appointed monitor overseeing mental health treatment in California's prison system, even as officials continue criticizing the costly oversight of some prison operations.

February 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SCHOOLS TO GET MORE MONEY UNDER BROWN'S REFORM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - No California school will receive less money than it does currently under Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping proposal to change how K-12 schools are funded.

February 20, 2013 | | State


50,000 juvenile salmon released in flooded field

WOODLAND (AP) - Researchers released 50,000 salmon into a flooded rice field in the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday in an effort to understand whether such fields, flooded between harvests, can stand in for the wetlands that once filled the area and served as a massive nursery for juvenile salmon.

February 20, 2013 | | State


Storm from Alaska dumps rain, snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was good news and bad news on Wednesday in a winter storm that gave California a much-needed dose of rain and snow.

February 20, 2013 | | State


California school district sued over yoga

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the district-wide classes.

February 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL CHEATING SUIT DROPPED: REDWOOD CITY . (AP) - The father of a Northern California high school student has dropped his lawsuit against his son's school district for kicking the teen out of an honors class for cheating.

February 20, 2013 | | State


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Brown: Illegal kids a humanitarian issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Cal State will cut enrollment growth in half

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall - from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students - after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Mom accused of leaving kids in car to visit casino

LIVERMORE (AP) - A mother accused of leaving her young children in a car while she gambled at a Livermore casino is facing child endangerment charges.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


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