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SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Balance in Assembly hangs on 2 tight races’ Berryhill still leads for senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties were watching just two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Televangelist testifies in bankruptcy case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Cal State mulls 3 fee hikes to push graduation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Julia Child-Thermador suit will be heard in Calif.

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA 13-year-old donates $13,000 to injured soldiers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.

November 08, 2012 | | State


SF plans to provide transgender surgeries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

November 08, 2012 | | State


3 House races still too close to call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal observers traveled from Washington to Sacramento on Thursday to ensure every vote is counted in a congressional race near the state capital, one of three U.S. House contests in California too close to call two days after the most hotly contested congressional elections the state has seen in decades.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Redistricting shakes up House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.

November 08, 2012 | | State


LA voters mandate condom use on porn sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Backers of GMO labels look ahead after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists seeking special labels on food made from genetically engineered crops vowed Wednesday to continue their push despite a loss at the California ballot box where they were vastly outspent by biotechnology giants.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


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City OKs planned Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials approved plans to build a 1 million-square-foot complex of skyscrapers, stores and restaurants in the heart of Hollywood ...

July 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats in Congress blast San Francisco’s sanctuary policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Leading Democrats - including San Francisco's former mayor Sen. Dianne Feinstein - are joining mounting criticism of the city's policy of refusing ...

July 07, 2015 | | State


Public gets pathway to ‘Billionaires’ Beach’

MALIBU (AP) - With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now ...

July 07, 2015 | | State


Judge refuses to dismiss case against Suge Knight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness - one of the ...

July 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco status as ‘sanctuary’ criticized after slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under ...

July 06, 2015 | | State


California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of ...

July 06, 2015 | | State


Fire that threatened homes in California is fully contained

VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of ...

July 06, 2015 | | State


Hiker dies after medical emergency on desert trail

PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.

July 06, 2015 | | State


Fears surface about mercury in fish

SHASTA LAKE (AP) - Shasta Lake provides water to Sacramento and the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley more than 300 miles to the south.

July 06, 2015 | | State


California tax officials slam Blue Shield in audit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer ...

July 06, 2015 | | State


5 injured when man sets fireworks

HOLLISTER (AP) - A man has been arrested in the central California city of Hollister on suspicion of setting off fireworks at a July Fourth block ...

July 06, 2015 | | State


Water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.

July 06, 2015 | | State


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