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Officials mull seismic tests near PG&E nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to use an array of powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials juggling concerns over marine life with public safety.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State to require note from doctors as waiver for unvaccinated students

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who don't have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor's office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law.

September 30, 2012 | | State


LA drivers steer clear of ‘Carmageddon’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The demolition of a bridge that forced the weekend closure of one of the nation's busiest freeways is on schedule, while many Los Angeles drivers heeded warnings to steer clear of the area, and officials expect to reopen the lanes as planned Monday morning.

September 30, 2012 | | State


Police arrest mom, say she used child to shoplift

SAN JOSE (AP) - A mother accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to shoplift groceries in Northern California and then abandoning the child when store employees intervened has been arrested in Nevada, according to police.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• BROWN VETOES BILL BANNING CELLPHONE DISRUPTION: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned agencies from disrupting cellphone service without a court order.

September 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


SoCal man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases; never told authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CYCLISTS RIDE FOR CRITICAL MASS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A throng of cyclists has hit the streets of San Francisco, where hundreds, likely thousands of people are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the raucous, leaderless ride and street party known as "Critical Mass."

September 28, 2012 | | State


Oakland to reduce black student suspension rates

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has agreed to allow federal officials to monitor the district's efforts to reduce the disproportionately high suspension rates of African-American students.

September 28, 2012 | | State


BART installs quake early-warning system

OAKLAND (AP) - A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations put on hold under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown signs limited ban on "open carry" of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had extended a ban on the open display of handguns in most California cities and towns to include rifles and shotguns.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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Bill would allow 4-year community college degrees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.

May 27, 2014 | | State


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