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Unattended campfire caused Mariposa fire

MARIPOSA (AP) - An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people, officials said Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SURFER SHOT AT AMID EX-LAPD COP HUNT FILES LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A surfer who was shot at by police during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against a Los Angeles suburb and its police department.

June 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BOY, 6, KILLED BY RELATIVE'S DOG AT UNION CITY HOME: UNION CITY (AP) - A 6-year-old San Francisco Bay area boy died after he was attacked by a relative's dog, authorities said Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | State


Judge considers effect of fungus on inmates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney representing inmates at two California state prisons told a federal judge on Monday that an airborne fungus occurring in the San Joaquin Valley presents the deadly threat of valley fever and that thousands should be transferred immediately.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Apple details nearly 500 government requests for user data over six months

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data for the six months ended in May.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Bill would let cities decide on open records

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cities and counties could dramatically restrict the information they release to the public without explanation under a bill approved by the state Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown as part of the state budget package.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Wildfire burning near Hwy 140 near Mariposa

MARIPOSA (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Central Sierra foothills forced the evacuation of about 150 houses and threatened others, a state fire official said on Monday.

June 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN GUILTY OF FALSE REPORT THAT LED TO SHOOTING: PASADENA (AP) - A California man who made a 911 call that ended with Pasadena police fatally shooting a college student has pleaded guilty to making a false report.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

KAYAKER MISSING AFTER FALLING INTO LIVERMORE LAKE: LIVERMORE (AP) - A 30-year-old man is missing after falling out of a kayak at a lake in Livermore.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Four lawsuits filed against Delta Plan

STOCKTON (AP) - Several opposing groups have filed lawsuits against a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that was adopted in May.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Port of LA unveils plan for marine research center

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles port officials on Monday unveiled plans to create a $500 million marine research center called AltaSea.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Cancer killed serial killer Richard Ramirez

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A form of cancer killed the serial killer known as the Night Stalker who terrorized Southern California in the mid-1980s, coroner's officials said Monday.

June 17, 2013 | | State


LA elementary teacher arrested in estranged wife's stabbing death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles elementary school teacher accused of chasing down and fatally stabbing his estranged wife had threatened to kill her using piano wire, an ice pick, guns or pipe bombs, court documents allege.

June 17, 2013 | | State


Legislature passes $96.3B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature passed California's massive state spending plan Friday amid sharp divisions over whether the compromise struck by Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown will further the state's recovery or eventually return it to the multibillion-dollar deficits common during the recession.

June 14, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BILLY RAY CYRUS HAS AN ACKY BREAKY HEART AS HE AND WIFE OF 19 YEARS, GETTING DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Ray Cyrus' wife has filed for divorce from the country singer after 19 years of marriage.

June 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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