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$450K FOR FIRED WORKER WHO TATTLED ON COCAINE USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Hollywood visual effects specialist fired for reporting on-the-job cocaine use is getting at least $450,000 for wrongful termination.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Child abuse bill provides vote-switch case study involving state legislators

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The official voting record makes it appear that state lawmakers were eager to wade into the politically sensitive debate about whether certain people listed as child abusers when they were minors should be given a second chance.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Congressmen rip Park Service for huge NorCal blaze that burned 42 square miles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California congressmen blasted the National Park Service on Wednesday for letting a wildfire burn despite extreme conditions last summer, a decision that conflicted with the practices of other state and federal agencies.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Killer shark was probably great white

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An expert has determined that a surfer was killed off California's Central Coast by a 15- to 16-foot great white shark.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SUSPECT IN BURGLARY SUES HOMEOWNER WHO SHOT HIM: GREENBRAE (AP) - A homeowner who police say survived being shot in the jaw during a burglary has received startling news: The burglary suspect sued him for returning fire.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Stockton teacher fired for porn site from school laptop wants job back

STOCKTON (AP) - A California teacher fired after she was accused of operating pornographic websites from a school-issued laptop is fighting to get her job back in hearings that began this week.

October 23, 2012 | | State


California surfer killed in shark attack

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings along California's Central Coast, authorities said.

October 23, 2012 | | State


Yosemite rangers make daring rescue on El Capitan after sow strands climber

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A Canadian climber stranded in a snowstorm was recuperating Tuesday from a mild case of hypothermia after Yosemite National Park rangers rescued him from the face of the largest granite monolith in the world.

October 23, 2012 | | State


New master's program concentrates on animal law

New master's program concentrates on animal law

October 23, 2012 | | State


Left side news

27 hurt as truck, bus, car collide in Hollywood

October 23, 2012 | | State


Northern California tornadoes tie state record

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The five tornadoes that touched down across Northern California this week tied a single-day record dating to 1996, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

October 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

2 CHILDREN, MOTHER KILLED IN SACRAMENTO-AREA HOME : SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two young children and their mother were found murdered in a suburban Sacramento home Tuesday afternoon. An infant was found alive inside a crib in the back of the house.

October 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area high school male students’ online 'League' gave points for sex

PIEDMONT (AP) - School administrators and parents are wrestling with how to respond to news that some male high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy league that awarded points when girls the boys "drafted" were rumored to have engaged in sexual activity.

October 23, 2012 | | State


Brown says schools' future at stake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As he makes a last-minute push for his November tax initiative, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he wants to make sure voters "know the stakes" for California's K-12 schools and colleges before they cast their ballots.

October 23, 2012 | | State


Modesto officer arrested on molestation charges

MODESTO (AP) - Modesto police say they have arrested a 15-year veteran of their force on molestation charges.

October 23, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Facebook, Apple provide worker benefits for egg freezing, sperm donors

SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?

October 14, 2014 | | State


Golf cart plows into students, injuring nine

FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Move to rename tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Brown promotes restraint in bid for his fourth term

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record at Half Moon Bay festival

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

October 13, 2014 | | State


4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


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