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Golden Gate Bridge goes to digital toll system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When their final shifts ended Tuesday at the Golden Gate Bridge, several toll collectors forced their mouths into smiles, hugged each other tightly, and cried as they left their small booths for the last time.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Wal-Mart tests in-store lockers for online orders

SAN BRUNO . (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that it's going to set up lockers in about a dozen stores so that shoppers who order on its website can pick up their items without having to wait in a checkout line.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Study: Health care law to increase costs in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medical claims costs filed by individual policy holders could rise as much as 62 percent over the next four years in California under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Tuesday by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Black LAPD officer wins $1.2 M discrimination suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer who says he was harassed by other officers at Central Division because he's black was awarded $1.2 million in damages for emotional distress and mental suffering

March 26, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN SHOT WHILE POINTING FAKE GUN DIES: CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Authorities say 49-year-old man who was shot by an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant after he allegedly pointed a fake gun at deputies has died.

March 26, 2013 | | State


State parks need new operating model

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Tunnels divert traffic from coastal highway

PACIFICA (AP) - With the snip of a ribbon, officials on Monday unveiled the first tunnels built in California in more than 50 years.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Top-rated soap 'Young and Restless' marks 40 years on daytime television

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Love, loss, breakups, makeups, murder, mayhem, backstabbing, social climbing. Forget about a lifetime, that's just an afternoon on "The Young and the Restless."

March 25, 2013 | | State


Alameda County administrator earns $413K

OAKLAND, (AP) - Alameda County's Susan Muranishi is the highest-paid county administrator in California, with a $413,000 annual compensation package and the promise of an equally large pension, a newspaper reported Monday.

March 25, 2013 | | State


SoCal airport developer charged with conspiracy

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The man tasked with developing a former Air Force base into the San Bernardino International Airport has been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said Monday.

March 25, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN'S CAR ENDS UP ON NEIGHBOR'S ROOF: GLENDALE (AP) - A Southern California man's car ended up on his neighbor's roof in an unusual accident over the weekend.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Couple at center of fight reflects on gay marriage

BERKELEY (AP) - Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case.

March 25, 2013 | | State


209 News

2 DIE IN ON HIGHWAY 4 WHEN SUV FLIPS OVER: DISCOVERY BAY (AP) - Authorities say a man and a woman died after the SUV they were traveling in flipped into an irrigation ditch near far eastern Contra Costa County.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Farmers team up to convert beets to ethanol

FIVE POINTS (AP) - Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.

March 24, 2013 | | State


State wants control of prison mental health care system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly two decades after a court takeover of California's prison mental health system, a federal judge is set to consider this week whether the billions of dollars invested by California taxpayers have improved conditions enough that he can return control to the state.

March 24, 2013 | | State


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Convicted state lawmaker takes indefinite leave

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud took an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday as he awaits sentencing in May.

February 25, 2014 | | State


High court assigns liability in liquor cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Insurance exchange had ‘vulnerability’

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - More than three months after it opened for business, California's online health insurance marketplace had what federal officials described as a potential security flaw in its computer system and one that had already been disclosed publicly.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Google Glass sparks fight at California bar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police are trying to identify three suspects in an altercation over Google's new Internet-connected, head-mounted computer at a city bar.

February 25, 2014 | | State


‘Lifers’ leaving prison at record pace

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.

February 25, 2014 | | State


California gas tax drops but pump price may not

CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NASA helping with California drought research

FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NorCal couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare gold coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Galgiani seeks $5.1B water storage bond

Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, introduced legislation Tuesday to place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Police officers arrested in car impound scheme

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Residents sand-bag burn areas ahead of storms

GLENDORA (AP) - Eager anticipation of the most substantial winter storm systems predicted for drought-stricken California this winter turned to a bit of wariness Tuesday as residents of foothill communities picked up sandbags at fire stations and city yards to protect their homes.

February 25, 2014 | | State


WW2 Medal of Honor recipient dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Transgender rights repeal fails to make California ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures to qualify the measure, the secretary of state said Monday.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Smugglers challenging Coast Guard

SAN DIEGO (AP) - While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Stanford University ending tobacco sales next month

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University is eliminating sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes starting next month.

February 24, 2014 | | State


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