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Sales tax hike will be challenge for Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes has wide support among California voters, but his path to victory in November remains far from certain, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


No whooping cough deaths in state last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California did not suffer a single death from whooping cough in 2011, the first year since 1991 that there have been no fatalities in the state from the highly contagious illness, health officials said Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Storm shutdown of tram kept hikers on peak

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Seventeen hikers spent a cold night stranded on an 8,516-foot mountain when a fierce storm with howling 100 mph winds forced operators to shut down the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, authorities said.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Auditor: High-speed rail has risky financing

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's $98 billion high-speed rail project relies on risky financial assumptions and has just a fraction of the money needed to pay for it, raising more questions about the heavily criticized plan, the state auditor said in a report released Tuesday.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Democrats sue controller for halting lawmaker pay during budget delay

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state controller for blocking lawmakers' pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.

January 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Embattled SF sheriff says he's not leaving

January 24, 2012 | | State


Forecasters: Rain will make way for sun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staying dry will give way to staying cool in California, as rain and wind are swiftly replaced by sunshine and higher temperatures, meteorologists said Monday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff's domestic violence trial set for Feb. 24

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff stands trial next month on misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from a New Year's Eve dispute with his wife.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Marine accepts plea deal in Iraqi civilian deaths; gets three months confinement

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A Marine sergeant who told his troops to "shoot first, ask questions later" in a raid that killed unarmed Iraqi women, children and elderly pleaded guilty Monday in a deal that will carry no more than three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops from the Iraq War.

January 23, 2012 | | State


US Supreme Court blocks California slaughterhouse law on downed livestock

FRESNO (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday overturned a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system.

January 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WILL ALLOW PARK WORKERS TO HAVE BEARDS: ANAHEIM. (AP) - Workers at Disney's U.S. theme parks will be allowed to grow beards and goatees for the first time ever, Disney officials said Monday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


UC picks Richmond site for expansion of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

RICHMOND (AP) - The University of California said Monday that it has picked the spot where it hopes to build a new branch of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and it's in the city of Richmond, not Berkeley.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Beverly Hills school official convicted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Beverly Hills school superintendent has been convicted of giving a former female employee more than $20,000 in gifts and increasing her car allowance without board approval.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Catholic hospital chain cuts official church ties

January 23, 2012 | | State


Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK to combat cancer pain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

January 23, 2012 | | State


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Officer kills man who tried to set woman on fire

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police in Central California shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after he splashed gasoline on a woman and tried setting her on fire, officials said.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurer pays off lawsuit with coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Son in family found dead stabbed parents

TURLOCK (AP) - One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Ships to be paid to slow to save whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off Southern California.

August 06, 2014 | | State


No contest pleas in theft of Paul Walker car part after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Guilty plea by man who hid camera in dressing room to get photos of girls

SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who hid a video camera in a dressing room at an Orange County college to record young girls taking off their clothes has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurers launch records info exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.

August 05, 2014 | | State


Officials lift evacuation in one NorCal wildfire

BURNEY (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.

August 05, 2014 | | State


300 rescued after boat hits sand bar in drought ravaged Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Owners claim 150-pound tortoise found strolling on suburb street

ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Few roles for Hispanics in top movies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

August 04, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire menaces Burney homes

BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Family of Cal player who died in offseason training sue over death

BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors can seek death in salon rampage but can’t use informant

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.

August 04, 2014 | | State


UC Santa Barbara No. 3 party school

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

August 04, 2014 | | State


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