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PG&E seeks to avoid paying punitive damages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. wants to avoid paying punitive damages to survivors of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, claiming in recent court filings that the blast was an accident rather than the result of mismanagement.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Starbucks to open on Disney properties

ANAHEIM (AP) - Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth."

April 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Yahoo president settles divorce after long & bitter tiff

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former president of Yahoo and her husband reached a settlement Monday in their long-running divorce involving about $71 million in real estate, stock, cash and other assets.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Nuclear plant developing plan to go back online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the idled San Onofre nuclear plant said Monday it is closing in on figuring out why hundreds of steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Measure to ban death penalty qualifies for November ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A measure to abolish California's death penalty qualified for the November ballot on Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

HEARING TO SET PROCEDURES IN SHERIFF'S ETHICS CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city ethics commission plans to set the ground rules Monday for the misconduct case against Ross Mirkarimi, the sheriff who was suspended after being charged with domestic violence.

April 23, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

SLAIN NORCAL CARJACKING SUSPECT HAD TROUBLED PAST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man fatally shot by police after leading officers on a 14-hour manhunt that shut down one of Northern California's busiest freeways had a criminal past and struggled with addiction.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Scout troop rescued when temps top 90

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hot and tired members of a Southern California Boy Scout troop were rescued during a 10-mile hike after temperatures topped 90 degrees.

April 22, 2012 | | State


More officers seek counseling after big incidents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two mass killings just 10 days apart sent spasms of shock through the San Francisco Bay area and also took a toll on the police officers who had to sort out the carnage.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies after vote 15 years ago

BERKELEY (AP) - Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't?

April 22, 2012 | | State


Document: PG&E noted weld defects on pipeline years before explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An old memo just revealed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to California pipeline regulators indicates the company had noted weld defects on the same line that exploded in San Bruno in 2010 years before the fatal blast occurred.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Explosion, fireball in NorCal, Nevada likely meteor entering atmosphere

TRUCKEE (AP) - A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Action slow so far on Brown’s state employee pension reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's been six months since Gov. Jerry Brown put forward his proposals to make the public pension system more affordable, yet action on his 12-point plan has been nearly imperceptible.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Stockton diocese settles abuse case for $3.75M

STOCKTON (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Stockton has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a lawsuit by a former altar boy who said he was molested by a priest in the 1980s and church officials didn't do enough to stop it, attorneys for the alleged victim and the diocese said Friday.

April 21, 2012 | | State


Cockfight shooting believed to be sloppy hit

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Frantic calls to emergency responders described a chaotic scene with people frightened, wounded and fleeing in all directions after masked gunmen opened fire on a Texas cockfight near the Mexico border.

April 21, 2012 | | State


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Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


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