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MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

November 07, 2012 | | State


With win, Brown takes next step in pledge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a big step toward delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix the state's perpetual budget deficits and to raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters split: Keep death penalty but pare back Three Strikes offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters appeared to be of two minds on criminal justice issues put to them on this year's ballot.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Guadalupe voters nix changing city name

GUADALUPE (AP) - Residents of Guadalupe have rejected a measure that would have changed the city's name to Guadalupe Beach, although the place is actually five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Unions make statement in defeat of Prop. 32

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November 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative results

Voters approved five of the 11 statewide ballot propositions in Tuesday's election. The voting breakdown:

November 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain supermajority in California Senate for passing taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday's election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Schools to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Santa Cruz wins free-speech case over Nazi salute

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A federal jury has determined that the rights of a critic of the Santa Cruz City Council were not violated when he was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated

November 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEFENDANT STABS LAWYER IN TULARE COUNTY COURTROOM: VISALIA (AP) - Tulare County authorities say a murder suspect stabbed his attorney in the face in the county's second courtroom attack in one week.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto boy returns to school after DNA flap

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A California sixth-grader was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced district officials they didn't need to worry about his genes.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Fresno shooting suspect was 'methodical'

FRESNO (AP) - A parolee who killed two people and wounded two others on Tuesday at a California chicken processing plant where he worked moved methodically between his first three victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck before pulling the trigger, police said.

November 06, 2012 | | State


LA church killing over graffiti stuns community

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The service was in full swing at the storefront church near downtown when a parishioner spotted a woman spraying graffiti on the building. He told her to stop, and she shoved him to the ground. Two other congregants rushed to his aid.

November 06, 2012 | | State


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Quakes hit California, no damage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Is Father Serra saint material?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Unions file briefs in tenure-ruling appeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Drought forces farms to stop pumping river water

STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


California grows to 38.7 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Feds drop charges against hunter in Yosemite wildfire

FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.

May 01, 2015 | | State


No hydrant system at torched utility pole yard in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Activists rally on police, labor issues

OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Inmates injured in Fresno blast seek $48M from PG&E

FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.

May 01, 2015 | | State


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 3rd act

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Legislature must release lawmakers’ calendars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Agents will miss deadline to remove illegally owned weapons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


Appeals court upholds ban on Nativity scene displays

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.

April 30, 2015 | | State


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