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Scrambling to save doomed state parks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lucy D'Mot was feeling patriotic last July 4 when she read with dismay about a cost-saving plan to shutter 70 California state parks. The news propelled her on a mission: focus attention on the doomed parks by visiting them all and blogging about their unique features before the gates shut for good.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

TOM CRUISE, ANGELINA JOLIE REHEARSE FOR OSCAR SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie lit up the Hollywood & Highland Center with their star power when they came to rehearse for Sunday's Oscar show.

February 24, 2012 | | State


California Republican chairman aims to rebuild, reach out to voters skeptical of the GOP party

BURLINGAME (AP) - California Republicans must stay focused on economic issues to win over voters who are skeptical of the party, Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Friday as he outlined his efforts to rebrand the damaged GOP name in the state.

February 24, 2012 | | State


SF group sues to halt America's Cup plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit seeking a new environmental review of the America's Cup sailing race.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Assemblyman Donnelly faces misdemeanors for taking loaded gun onto a flight going to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker has been charged with two misdemeanors for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight to the state capital last month, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office said Friday.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Domestic violence trial now underway for San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco prosecutors on Friday released photos of the wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with a bruise on her arm as his domestic violence trial got under way.

February 24, 2012 | | State


House leaders to appeal gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, according to court papers filed Friday.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Presbyterian minister censured for gay weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A retired Presbyterian minister who officiated at 16 same-sex weddings during the brief period they were legal in California has been censured by her denomination's highest court.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Vintage SF Coke sign given OK to stay up

February 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ELECTRONIC SNOW SURVEY BRINGS MORE BAD WATER NEWS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials are bracing for more bad water news about the Sierra snowpack when surveyors go back into the field on Tuesday.

February 23, 2012 | | State


Democrats seek state-run pensions for private workers without retirement plans

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Two leading California Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that attempts to provide retirement savings for private-sector workers of modest means, creating a government-run program for private-sector workers whose employers do not offer pensions or 401(k) plans.

February 23, 2012 | | State


‘LA teacher arrested for alleged sex with students; seventh such case this month

MONTEBELLO (AP) - A female high school Spanish teacher in Los Angeles was arrested after two male students said they had sex with her, police said Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | | State


Attorneys challenge account of San Diego corpses

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The government's case against two men accused of dissolving corpses in vats of acid for a Mexican drug gang hinges on flawed witness accounts, defense attorneys said Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | | State


GOP tries to refocus, reach new voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans are bracing for what could be a brutal election year, but they're also looking to the future.

February 23, 2012 | | State


Crash that killed seven in SoCal one of deadliest for Marines in years

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan's harsh environment.

February 23, 2012 | | State


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Gap’s 4th-quarter profit down 12.5 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 12.5 percent as the clothing retailer discounted heavily over the holiday shopping season to entice customers.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Court: Drivers can read cellphone maps

FRESNO (AP) - Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Google barge will leave SF Bay for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Google's mystery barge is heading on a short cruise to comply with an order requiring it to move from its current home on a San Francisco Bay island.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Cities order evacuations ahead of storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California got some badly needed precipitation Thursday from a fast-moving storm that forecasters said would be followed by heavier rains and snow and the possibility of flooding and mud flows into communities near areas scarred by wildfires.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Man accused of ‘foot fetish’ with 200 boys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are trying to identify the victims of a 19-year-old Los Angeles roller rink employee who they say admitted indulging a self-described "foot fetish" with up to 200 young boys.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK $687 million drought plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to drought-stricken communities, a package that includes emergency money for communities running low on drinking water and farming communities where fallowed fields are leading to sky-high unemployment.

February 27, 2014 | | State


California snowpack still well below normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Water Resources says its latest survey shows the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal - bad news for the drought-stricken state.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Hard times drive adult kids to return home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 2.3 million adult children are living with their parents in California, a 63 percent increase since the Great Recession began seven years ago and a phenomenon straining budgets and pushing some families to the brink of poverty, according to a study released Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Jerry Brown will seek re-election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday, stepping into a contest that the former three-time presidential candidate is expected to dominate.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Brothers in country illegally face federal charges for illegal weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento brothers were charged Thursday with making hundreds of illegal, untraceable firearms as part of what law enforcement officials said was a wide-ranging network designed to skirt federal laws.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Committees OK $687M in drought relief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Olsen fears $13 an hour minimum wage will cost 500,000 Californians their jobs

California Assembly member Kristin Olsen isn't wild about the loss of jobs that raising the minimum wage to $13 could trigger.

February 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | State


Storms bring rain, threat of flooding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Police officers’ arrests shake King City folks

KING CITY (AP) - A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.

February 26, 2014 | | State


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