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Move to change 'rainy day' measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly speaker wants to replace a rainy day fund measure on the November 2014 ballot that was pushed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican lawmakers three years ago.

May 08, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND POLICE CHIEF STEPPING DOWN: OAKLAND (AP) - The chief of Oakland's embattled police department said Wednesday that he is stepping down due to medical reasons.

May 08, 2013 | | State


BLM postpones oil, gas lease auctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal land managers have postponed all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing as well as the toll of environmental litigation.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TESTS ON BAY BRIDGE BOLTS SO FAR SHOW NO FAILURE: OAKLAND AP) - After dozens of seismic safety bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge broke, tests on remaining bolts have so far shown no sign of failure.

May 07, 2013 | | State


San Jose to pay $150k for use of phony lab report

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California city is expected Tuesday to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man accused of rape who was the subject of a phony lab report prepared by police.

May 07, 2013 | | State


SF Airport won't be renamed Harvey Milk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker said Tuesday that he has abandoned a proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk and instead plans to pursue getting an airport terminal named in Milk's honor.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Brown: Public still confident in Bay Bridge

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he believes the public still has confidence in the safety of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge despite concerns about construction of the $6.4 billion span that is scheduled to open later this year.

May 07, 2013 | | State


209 News

MINN. HIKER FOUND DEAD AT CLIFF BOTTOM IN YOSEMITE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff, authorities said.

May 07, 2013 | | State


Groups want details on license plate readers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two privacy rights groups questioning law enforcement's use of automated license plate readers asked a judge Monday to order the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide more details on how they use the technology.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Brown mystified at continuing prison legal case; faces possible contempt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Court: Cities can ban medical pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to have the state regulate the industry.

May 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

May 06, 2013 | | State


Background on the case, recent developments and what happens next: What is the court case at issue?

A special panel of three federal judges ruled in 2009 that a reduction in the population of California's crowded prisons was necessary to bring treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates up to constitutionally acceptable standards. Some of the state's 33 adult prisons had housed more than double the number of inmates they were designed to hold. After weighing experts' recommendations, the judges ordered that the statewide average be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The original deadline for reducing the population to that level was June 30, 2013, but the judges extended the deadline to ...

May 06, 2013 | | State


CPUC: PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.

May 06, 2013 | | State


Crews mop up coastal mountain wildfire as rain falls

CAMARILLO (AP) - Rain showers moved across Southern California on Monday, dousing remnants of a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in coastal mountains and bringing much-needed moisture to a region left parched by a dry winter.

May 06, 2013 | | State


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Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit suing to reinstate canceled health benefit plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

March 05, 2014 | | State


NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Lawmakers report thousands in gifts from groups: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Group asks Supreme Court to allow cross

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veterans group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order to remove a war memorial cross from a San Diego mountaintop after it was found to violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Sierra foothills gold mine shuts down temporarily

SUTTER CREEK (AP) - An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners saying they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Gold coin discovery spurs rush of theories

SONORA (AP) - Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

March 04, 2014 | | State


About 120,000 letters burn in SoCal crash

BREA (AP) - A fiery crash involving two big rigs on an Orange County freeway Tuesday destroyed about 120,000 pieces of mail, postal officials said.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Auditor says CPUC accounts are poorly managed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor says utility regulators are not doing enough to protect ratepayers from possible unfair hikes to gas and electric bills.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Former NAACP head joins tech venture capital firm

SAN JOSE (AP) - Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Riverside officer saves baby choking on plastic bottle cap

RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Suspect: Satanism allowed him to kill

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.

March 03, 2014 | | State


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