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MISSING BERKELEY WOMAN, BOYFRIEND FOUND DEAD: MANTON (AP) - A missing Berkeley woman and her boyfriend have been found dead in a rural area in Shasta County.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker expense payments flow over holiday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers adjourned Friday for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers violated law to help Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers violated the state Constitution when they passed a bill that gave Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on the November ballot, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Record number of students apply for admission to nine UC campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California system has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Too soon for state to control inmate care

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - It's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, a federal court overseer said Friday in dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

January 18, 2013 | | State


City must pay $134K for targeting homeless

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A judge has ordered a California central coast city to pay $134,000 for targeting homeless people living or sleeping in vehicles.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDS BACK AWAY FROM UC DAVIS HOSPITAL FUNDING CUTS: DAVIS (AP) - Regulators have backed away from a threat to cut federal funding to University of California, Davis, Medical Center after a follow-up inspection determined the hospital is now complying with patient safety and care rules.

January 16, 2013 | | State


ER visits tied to energy drinks double

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man stumbled into the emergency room late one night after a house party, saying his heart wouldn't stop pounding and he could barely breathe after downing liquor mixed with energy drinks.

January 16, 2013 | | State


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Arrest made in chase after SF officer shot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Sunday that they arrested the driver of a car that led them on a 90-mile chase throughout the San Francisco Bay Area after a police officer was shot and wounded.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Counties undermine prison efforts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.

March 09, 2014 | | State


State oversight may tame California marijuana shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Criminal behind 3-strikes law arrested again

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The career criminal whose participation in a notorious murder spurred California's so-called three strikes law has been arrested again.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Struggle to enforce ban on gun magazines

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Enforcement issues surround two Northern California cities' bans on high-capacity magazines.

March 09, 2014 | | State


2 dozen injured as Anaheim school stage falls

ANAHEIM (AP) - Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance that sent 25 students to the hospital with mainly minor injuries.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Transgender sues CrossFit over competition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.

March 07, 2014 | | State


UC Davis campus establishes center for coffee study

DAVIS (AP) - University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Blind man survives LA track fall as train arrives

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blind man walked off the edge of a subway platform and bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being struck by an approaching train, a transit official who saw video of the incident said Friday.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Cyberbully law proposed after 15-year-old’s suicide

SARATOGA (AP) - Juveniles who sexually assault unconscious victims could be tried as adults under proposed California legislation brought in response to the suicide of a 15-year-old girl who was sexually battered while passed out at a party then humiliated by photos circulated to classmates.

March 07, 2014 | | State


GOP candidate Kashkari reports income for 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari filed his first financial disclosure form with the state Friday, reporting income of more than $100,000 last year from his former employer but few reportable financial holdings.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Five convicted Bell leaders suing former city attorney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former leaders of the city of Bell who were convicted in a municipal fraud scandal sued their former city attorney Friday, saying he led them to believe they were doing nothing wrong when they accepted six-figure salaries to run a modest Los Angeles suburb.

March 07, 2014 | | State


State’s new K-12 testing plan gets OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal education officials on Friday approved California's plan to roll out new computer-based standardized tests this spring, ending a months-long dispute that put the state at risk of sacrificing $1.5 billion in federal school funding.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Demos: Campaigns offer mixed prospect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even in an election year that appears favorable for national Republicans, California Democrats are confident they will retain their iron grip on state leadership and possibly enrich their share of House seats in Washington.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Alleged crimes too old in YouTube case

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A lawyer for a California educator accused of sex crimes after a former student talked about sex-abuse allegations on YouTube said Friday that the charges are too old to be tried in court.

March 07, 2014 | | State


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