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EX-MODESTO OFFICER FACING SEX CHARGES: MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto police officer is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while on duty.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Church regrets pig rodeo, BBQ at retreat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Santa Barbara church said Friday it regrets holding a weekend youth retreat that included teenaged boys chasing down grease-covered pigs before eating them in a luau-style barbecue.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Polling, campaign strategy forced initiative deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In less than a week, Gov. Jerry Brown went from resignation over the prospect of facing multiple tax initiatives on the November ballot to announcing a key political merger with a competing proposal pushed by a teachers union.

March 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WATER BOARD OKS $3.6M PG&E TOXIC SETTLEMENT CLAIM: HINKLEY . (AP) - A Southern California water board has agreed to accept $3.6 million from Pacific Gas & Electric to settle claims that the utility failed to stem toxic chromium pollution in a Mojave Desert town that inspired the movie "Erin Brockovich."

March 15, 2012 | | State


Feds settle with PG&E over 2004 forest fires with fine of almost $30 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest utility and two tree-trimming subcontractors have agreed to pay nearly $30 million to settle federal lawsuits over the cause of wildfires in two national forests, federal authorities said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Rain, wind lead to at least 1 fatality

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late winter storm that brought heavy rain and winds to Central and Northern California was blamed for at least one death and threatened to flood a popular beach boardwalk while a new storm was bearing down on the region.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Beanbag hit Occupy protester, not gas canister

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest last fall was hit by a beanbag round fired by a police officer, not a tear gas canister, his lawyer said.

March 15, 2012 | | State


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


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Gap’s 4th-quarter profit down 12.5 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 12.5 percent as the clothing retailer discounted heavily over the holiday shopping season to entice customers.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Court: Drivers can read cellphone maps

FRESNO (AP) - Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Google barge will leave SF Bay for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Google's mystery barge is heading on a short cruise to comply with an order requiring it to move from its current home on a San Francisco Bay island.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Cities order evacuations ahead of storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California got some badly needed precipitation Thursday from a fast-moving storm that forecasters said would be followed by heavier rains and snow and the possibility of flooding and mud flows into communities near areas scarred by wildfires.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Man accused of ‘foot fetish’ with 200 boys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are trying to identify the victims of a 19-year-old Los Angeles roller rink employee who they say admitted indulging a self-described "foot fetish" with up to 200 young boys.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK $687 million drought plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to drought-stricken communities, a package that includes emergency money for communities running low on drinking water and farming communities where fallowed fields are leading to sky-high unemployment.

February 27, 2014 | | State


California snowpack still well below normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Water Resources says its latest survey shows the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal - bad news for the drought-stricken state.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Hard times drive adult kids to return home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 2.3 million adult children are living with their parents in California, a 63 percent increase since the Great Recession began seven years ago and a phenomenon straining budgets and pushing some families to the brink of poverty, according to a study released Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Jerry Brown will seek re-election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday, stepping into a contest that the former three-time presidential candidate is expected to dominate.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Brothers in country illegally face federal charges for illegal weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento brothers were charged Thursday with making hundreds of illegal, untraceable firearms as part of what law enforcement officials said was a wide-ranging network designed to skirt federal laws.

February 27, 2014 | | State


Committees OK $687M in drought relief

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Olsen fears $13 an hour minimum wage will cost 500,000 Californians their jobs

California Assembly member Kristin Olsen isn't wild about the loss of jobs that raising the minimum wage to $13 could trigger.

February 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | State


Storms bring rain, threat of flooding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather.

February 26, 2014 | | State


Police officers’ arrests shake King City folks

KING CITY (AP) - A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.

February 26, 2014 | | State


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