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MENLO PARK SET TO CONSIDER FACEBOOK CAMPUS DEAL: MENLO PARK (AP) - Menlo Park officials are set to weigh in on the terms of an agreement to allow Facebook to build additional office space in the city.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 ‘swatting’ call prank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Tom Cruise may be the latest so-called "swatting" victim after police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the actor's Beverly Hills house on Thursday and found no crime had been committed, authorities said.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Group warns of farmland loss in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

January 17, 2013 | | State


UC: No tuition hike needed under Gov. Brown's budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California can avoid raising tuition this fall if the 10-campus system gets the funding increase proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan, school leaders said Thursday at a UC board meeting attended by the state's top elected officials.

January 17, 2013 | | State


Amtrak, California team up for purchase of high-speed rail trains

SACRAME NTO (AP) - The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.

January 17, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

REPORT: CPUC BUDGET RIDDLED WITH ERRORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit of the California Public Utilities Commission found that the agency routinely makes errors in its budget and gives bad fiscal forecasts that could affect fees paid by consumers.

January 17, 2013 | | State


BofA donating 80 homes to Habitat effort

MODESTO - Bank of America has donated five properties in recent weeks and is slated to donate up to 75 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus in support of the affiliate's efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families throughout Stanislaus County.

January 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDS BACK AWAY FROM UC DAVIS HOSPITAL FUNDING CUTS: DAVIS (AP) - Regulators have backed away from a threat to cut federal funding to University of California, Davis, Medical Center after a follow-up inspection determined the hospital is now complying with patient safety and care rules.

January 16, 2013 | | State


ER visits tied to energy drinks double

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man stumbled into the emergency room late one night after a house party, saying his heart wouldn't stop pounding and he could barely breathe after downing liquor mixed with energy drinks.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Police: Man who shot Galt officer was not burglar

GALT (AP) - A gunman who fatally shot a police officer before killing himself was not involved in a reported burglary at a nearby duplex, Sacramento County authorities said Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | State


UC wants more classes online to help reduce costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders on Wednesday called for an expansion of online courses to help the 10-campus system contain costs, broaden access and hold down tuition rates.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Immigrant groups welcome DMV study

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Immigrant advocates are welcoming a California study that found unlicensed drivers are the most hazardous motorists on the road, saying it supports their longstanding argument that denying driver's licenses for illegal immigrants has put everyone at risk.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers sense opportunity for gun control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades.

January 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SURF'S UP: MAVERICKS BIG WAVE CONTEST A GO: HALF MOON BAY . (AP) - Two dozen of the world's best surfers including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will travel to a big wave break called Mavericks off the Northern California coast to compete.

January 16, 2013 | | State


SJ State launches online courses for credit

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.

January 15, 2013 | | State


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Man gets 3-years for torturing puppy

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown vetoes $100m boost for UC, Cal State due to fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


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