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MENIFEE TENTATIVELY OKS UNDERGROUND BUNKERS: MENIFEE (AP) - In case of a nuclear war or zombie disaster, you might want to consider Menifee.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Bill strengthens oversight of state utilities commission

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The president of the California Public Utilities Commission would be required next year to step down from two nonprofits created by the commission under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, a provision created amid criticism that the nonprofits could be used to shroud how money is spent.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers pass K-12 transgender-rights bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.

July 03, 2013 | | State


SF City College to lose accreditation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco on Wednesday that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation's largest institutions of higher learning.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Court rejects plea to delay inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges Wednesday refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional prison inmates by the end of the year.

July 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CONVICTED CALIF. MOLESTER, PSYCHIC FACES NEW TRIAL: SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for a former television psychic and self-proclaimed karate expert who is being kept in a California state mental hospital after serving 17 years in prison for a molestation conviction.

July 02, 2013 | | State


San Diego man fatally shoots pit bull, owner cited

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a man who fatally shot a pit bull in a San Diego front yard is not expected to face charges, but the dog's owner was cited.

July 02, 2013 | | State


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BART WORKER STRIKE

OAKLAND (AP) - Here are five things to know about the worker strike at Bay Area Rapid Transit, the nation's fifth largest train system:

July 02, 2013 | | State


Teacher accused of having 16-year-old student's baby

REDLANDS (AP) - A Southern California high school teacher was arrested on unlawful sex charges two weeks after she gave birth to a baby that was allegedly fathered by a student, Redlands police said Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Brown appoints 26 in state reorganization

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has made 26 appointments as part of his reorganization of state government, which takes full effect this week as the new fiscal year begins.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Talks to resume to end strike that stymied commute

OAKLAND (AP) - Rail workers and transit officials agreed Tuesday to resume contract talks to end a two-day strike that has caused chaotic commutes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and prompted businesses to claim the walkout is costing the region millions of dollars.

July 02, 2013 | | State


California to move inmates over illness

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State corrections officials said Tuesday they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF FIREFIGHTER COULD FACE DUI, HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and left the scene could face drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Landlord fatal arson conviction overturned

MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto landlord will be freed from prison after being exonerated of a triple murder and arson conviction after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Judge allows yoga in public schools

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice is a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance and rejecting pleas of parents who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state.

July 01, 2013 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Full speed ahead for rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests police records

STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Fontana man wins $60 million Powerball jackpot

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A 76-year-old Fontana man has won a $60 million Powerball jackpot - the largest Lotto award in San Bernardino County history.

August 01, 2014 | | State


40 hurt in two SF bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


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