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Bill would protect clergy from gay weddings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Religious officials who do not want to perform gay weddings will not have to worry about jeopardizing their nonprofit status if a bill approved by the state Assembly becomes California law.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Red flag alert may hinder 2 NorCal fires

REDDING (AP) - A series of red flag warnings issued Tuesday had fire officials concerned about containing two major wildfires in Northern California.

August 28, 2012 | | State


California cellphone fines could rise under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will consider a bill that would raise the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers denounce anti-Semitism at California colleges & universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly resolution urging California colleges and universities to squelch nascent anti-Semitism also encouraged educators to crack down on demonstrations against Israel, angering advocates for Muslim students.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Brown gets partial reform win Overall proposal angers labor leaders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systemic reforms to California's badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Mangoes sicken 73 in California with salmonella

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Comparing pension plans: What Brown wanted and got

Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a 12-point pension reform proposal 10 months ago and announced an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday. Here are highlights of his proposal and what he got:

August 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Feinstein calls for fed probe into gas price spike AC

August 28, 2012 | | State


Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

BRAWLEY (AP) - A series of small to moderate earthquakes that shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations is putting people in this small farming town 100 miles east of San Diego on edge as they continue to feel jolts that scientists said could last for days.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Slaughterhouse gets USDA approval to reopen; 450 workers called back

HANFORD (AP) - A slaughterhouse at the center of a food safety and cruelty investigation resumed operations Monday after federal officials approved its plan to improve treatment of animals.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Assembly approves bill to allow judges to declare more than two parents for kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill approved Monday by the state Assembly would allow judges to declare more than two legal parents for some California children.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

San Francisco residents evacuated due to gas leak

August 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BILL WOULD GIVE CYCLISTS 3-FOOT BUFFER ZONE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 27, 2012 | | State


State Senate OKs ban on open carry of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would bar the public display of rifles and shotguns in most cities and towns, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Firefighters work to fully contain two NorCal fires; winds still pose challenge

REDDING (AP) - Firefighters said Monday they hoped to contain two major wildfires this week after the blazes ravaged huge swaths of Northern California.

August 27, 2012 | | 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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