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GOVERNOR ORDERS AUDIT OF SPECIALTY PLATE PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered an audit of California's specialty license plate program after a review by The Associated Press found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Legislation would allow sports wagering at California card rooms, race tracks, casinos

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would be in a position to allow sports betting at race tracks, card rooms and casinos under a bill approved by the state Senate.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State 9/11 fund raided for deficits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

May 29, 2012 | | State


Measure would protect workplace religious freedom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Oakland police, ATF nab 90 suspects, 100 guns in operation

OAKLAND (AP) - Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that nearly 100 guns and dozens of violent criminals have been taken off the streets of Oakland as part of an ongoing multiagency crackdown involving undercover federal and local officers.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUSTIN BIEBER WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN SCUFFLE: CALABASAS (AP) - Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley entrepreneur lived at AOL office complex for more than two months

PALO ALTO (AP) - Some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs are known for their humble beginnings. Internet startup founder Eric Simons is following that tradition.

May 28, 2012 | | State


UCLA faculty votes on privatizing business school to break free of state funding ebbs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal that would privatize the University of California Los Angeles' business school but allow it to remain affiliated with the state university is moving ahead.

May 28, 2012 | | State


List of US national parks with highest smog levels

FRESNO (AP) - Sequoia National Park, home to the giant redwoods, suffers the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. Here are the parks in the National Park Service system with the highest smog levels and the number of days monitors recorded violations last year:

May 28, 2012 | | State


Sequoia smog damaging pines, redwood seedlings

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural heartland to the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers work together to keep state parks open amid budget woes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have a hard time agreeing on most budget matters, but the effort to keep state parks open is encouraging rare bipartisan deal-making.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Newspaper finds apparent Bay Bridge work defects; Caltrans not worried

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper reported Sunday that it has found records of an apparent defect in the construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Final voyage: USS Iowa on way to SoCal home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A famed battleship that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage.

May 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• Golden Gate ferries running again after day strike: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate ferries are running again after a one-day strike disrupted service across San Francisco Bay.

May 28, 2012 | | State


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After years of super sizing, Las Vegas hotels go boutique

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters.

May 21, 2014 | | State


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