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PG&E to pay $70M to San Bruno for restitution in gas pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay $70 million in restitution to San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb, company and city officials said Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PayPal executive killed by Caltrain in Menlo Park

March 12, 2012 | | State


Stockton’s housing boom ride ends with slow motion fall off financial cliff

STOCKTON - A red, white and blue sign declaring Stockton an "All-America City" still adorns City Hall, but the building's crumbling facade tells the real story of the community's recent fortunes.

March 11, 2012 | | State


Past pension boosts deferred costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The recent loss of tens of billions of dollars from California's public pension funds may have raised awareness about the high cost of guaranteed benefits for public workers, but reform advocates say the unsustainable system has been years - or even decades - in the making.

March 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

'SPEED FREAK KILLER' SENDS NEW LETTER TO STATION: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento television station CBS-13 has received a second letter from serial killer Wesley Shermantine, with this letter claiming that he knows of more than 70 murder victims.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Parents Television Council likes 'Bully' rating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A petition urging the film-ratings board to overturn the "R'' rating it gave to the teen-centric documentary "Bully" has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, but at least one organization is OK with the decision.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Africa video raises California group's profile

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Until this week, Invisible Children seemed to be an aptly named organization. Its work in Africa to end the use of children soldiers was barely visible to most Americans.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Appellate panel allows video in domestic violence trial of San Francisco sheriff's

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An emotional video involving the wife of San Francisco's sheriff can be used as evidence during his trial on domestic violence charges, a three-judge panel ruled Friday.

March 09, 2012 | | State


California reviews high-risk inmate, gang member policies thanks to reduction of inmate numbers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A sharp reduction in prison crowding is giving officials in the nation's largest state prison system breathing space to rethink long-outdated policies affecting where inmates live and how best to suppress the gangs that unofficially control many aspects of life behind bars.

March 09, 2012 | | State


California jobless rate dips to 10.9% for lowest level since 2009

PASADENA (AP) - Word that California's unemployment rate dipped below 11 percent for the first time in three years provided just a small sliver of hope - but a sliver nonetheless - for people who in some cases have been making weekly trips to the unemployment office for years.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Preacher concedes apocalypse prediction wrong; says he’ll stop trying to pinpoint day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California preacher who convinced thousands of followers that the world would end has posted an online letter conceding he has no evidence of an impending apocalypse and will no longer predict global doom.

March 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART service cuts unlikely

March 09, 2012 | | State


School district mulls fate of teacher

OXNARD (AP) - Educators must decide the fate of a junior high teacher placed on paid administrative leave amid claims that she appeared in a pornographic video.

March 08, 2012 | | State


UC president condemns anti-Israel acts on campus up and down California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The head of the University of California on Thursday condemned recent anti-Israel incidents on UC campuses and called for greater tolerance and civility.

March 08, 2012 | | State


Murder charge for man with cannon-like device

EL CAJON (AP) - A San Diego County man who allegedly ignited a homemade cannon that exploded and killed his live-in girlfriend was charged with murder on Thursday.

March 08, 2012 | | State


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Pension spiking costs $800 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of California public workers have sweetened their retirement checks with a now-outlawed accounting maneuver that will cost nearly $800 million over two decades, an audit disclosed Tuesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Fire forces evacuation from Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Search resumes for mountain lion

CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal.

September 09, 2014 | | State


3 family members hit, killed by car in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

September 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 8 RESCUED FROM FISHING BOAT OFF SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco says eight people were rescued from a troubled charter fishing boat while the captain stayed aboard to plug the leak.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Yosemite blaze prompts evacuation of 100 campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A 400-acre wildfire that started weeks ago in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park led to the evacuation of about 100 campers Sunday as the flames grew unexpectedly, officials said.

September 07, 2014 | | State


At premiere, cast, crew discuss end of ‘Anarchy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast and crew of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" gathered in Hollywood Saturday night for their seventh, and final, season premiere.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater

VALLEJO (AP) - A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region's drought.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Flores was San Diego’s first Hispanic bishop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cirilo Flores was an attorney when he had a midlife change of heart and became a Roman Catholic priest, leading to a brief tenure as the first Hispanic bishop of San Diego.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger returns to state capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Governator is back.

September 07, 2014 | | State


California conservationists buy undervalued lands

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California conservation groups took advantage of depressed property values during the nation's recession to snap up vast swaths of land for public use in the Sierra Nevada region.

September 07, 2014 | | State


700 homes evacuated from fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - A new wildfire that broke out Friday on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes, officials said.

September 06, 2014 | | State


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

September 06, 2014 | | State


STATE BIGGEST BENEFACTOR

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State


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