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Professor sues to block Sierra logging

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. He says it's being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don't exist.

November 17, 2013 | | State


State releases draft rules for fracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.

November 17, 2013 | | State


Fourth bore of Caldecott Tunnel opens

OAKLAND (AP) - The long-awaited fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel opened early Saturday to motorists traversing the often congested roadway between Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

November 17, 2013 | | State


Trial decides fate of Warhol portrait of Fawcett

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andy Warhol's artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.

November 17, 2013 | | State


School to keep ‘Arabs,’ may change mascot

THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

November 17, 2013 | | State


Transit agency calls for renewed labor talks

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.

November 17, 2013 | | State


Hazardous waste unaccounted for in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California cannot account for 174,000 tons of lead and other hazardous materials shipped for disposal in the last five years, but state regulators say public health is not threatened, a newspaper reported Sunday.

November 17, 2013 | | State


No charges in alleged kidnapping

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a father and son arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife in Northern California to perform an exorcism.

November 15, 2013 | | State


Batkid saves Gotham City aka SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.

November 15, 2013 | | State


Bart focuses on new problem with labor contract

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Friday that board members would not vote on a tentative agreement during a special meeting to discuss a problem regarding a labor deal that settled a second strike.

November 15, 2013 | | State


Bodies in desert may be of missing SD family

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons.

November 15, 2013 | | State


50-year plan for wetlands restoration

FREMONT (AP) - A 50-year plan for the restoration of San Francisco Bay and other coastal wetlands was released Thursday by federal wildlife officials who say it's the biggest effort to save tidal marshes outside the Florida Everglades.

November 14, 2013 | | State


State asks insurers to extend policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's insurance commissioner on Thursday called on health insurance companies and the state insurance exchange to extend a deadline on individual policies through 2014 after President Barack Obama announced changes to his Affordable Care Act.

November 14, 2013 | | State


News from around california

LAW FIRM ACCUSED OF DIRTY TACTICS IN LAWSUIT: UPLAND (AP) - A Southern California law firm is being accused of planting a tracking device on a city councilman's vehicle as a way to intimidate him.

November 14, 2013 | | State


Trial date set in slaying of girl in San Andreas

SAN ANDREAS . (AP) - The attorney for a 13-year-old Central California boy charged with stabbing his sister to death says the boy did not say anything to investigators that would hurt him at trial.

November 14, 2013 | | State


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SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules for employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Bye, bye plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC reviewing admissions, tuition

OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Mayor of SoCal city shot to death

BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


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