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California home sales jump in February

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home sales rose sharply in California last month as investors snapped up the lowest-priced properties, often paying cash, a research firm reported Thursday. Prices continued to fall.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Report: Squabbling over aging SF ambulances

March 15, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown reaches California tax deal with group for November ballot measure

LONG BEACH (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he has reached a deal with a rival group to combine forces on a November ballot initiative to raise sales and income taxes, a move that will allow Democratic-leaning interests to align behind a single, high-stakes budget proposition.

March 14, 2012 | | State


CalPERS pension fund expects lower investment return impacting state, schools, local jurisdictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest public pension fund lowered its forecast Wednesday for investment returns and asked the state of California, school districts and local governments to increase contributions - a move that could siphon more money from basic services.

March 14, 2012 | | State


College tries 2-tier prices for in-demand classes with new classes being four times costlier to take

SANTA MONICA (AP) - After three years of reducing class offerings, one of California's biggest community colleges now plans to start adding them - but at quadruple the price.

March 14, 2012 | | State


HBO cancels horse racing cable series 'Luck'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The horseracing series "Luck" was canceled by HBO after a third thoroughbred died during production of the series starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, the channel said Wednesday.

March 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SAN QUENTIN DEATH ROW INMATE DIES IN CELL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California death row inmate convicted 23 years ago for a Modesto contract killing has died in his San Quentin cell of natural causes.

March 14, 2012 | | State


Solar debate heats up as California farmland is targeted with 11,000 acres in Fresno County

FRESNO . (AP) - In the debate pitting photovoltaic power stations against agriculture, all eyes have been on Fresno County, where the abundance of sunshine that make it the No. 1 agriculture-producing county in the nation also make it ideal for solar arrays.

March 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Rain, wind batter Northern California

March 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CODA begins production of electric car in Benicia: BENICIA (AP) - CODA Automotive's assembly plant in Benicia has begun production of the carmaker's all-electric sedan.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California lawmakers switch votes often

SACRAMENTO (AP) - By long-standing tradition, lawmakers in California's Assembly who are running for re-election or are seeking a new seat this year will tout their yes or no votes on all manner of bills in the coming months.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California nitrate contamination spreading

FRESNO (AP) - Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Sheriff in political thicket after guilty plea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco sheriff has a political thicket to get through now that he's putting his legal woes behind him with a plea bargain in a domestic violence case that made international headlines.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Postal cuts could force change in California voting by mail & delay results by days or weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and election officials worried about the effect of postal closures on elections are considering extending the voting period for mail-in-ballots, a move that could delay results by days or even weeks.

March 13, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

Surfer's body found in ocean off Santa Cruz

March 13, 2012 | | State


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Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State


Wildfire crews brace for weather shift

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Southern California water wholesaler: Cutbacks possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


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