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SF mayor considering police stop-&-frisk policy

June 28, 2012 | | State


Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slammed it as "cynical political manipulation," Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy termed it shameful, but for the California Teachers Association, it was a victory.

June 28, 2012 | | State


New budget crafted to influence voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have long warned of dire consequences if California voters reject a proposed tax hike on the November ballot. In adopting a $91.3 state billion budget, they made it clear it wasn't a hollow threat.

June 28, 2012 | | State


Voters face fall ballot crowded with issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California voters will be bombarded with major questions on the November ballot about raising their taxes, ending executions and limiting lifetime sentences for career criminals.

June 28, 2012 | | State


Key elements of the $92 billion California state budget sent to Gov. Jerry Brown:

-Fills a $15.7 billion deficit. However, an estimated $8.5 billion in revenue is contingent on voters approving a Nov. 6 ballot issue calling for increasing the sales tax and raising income tax for people who make more than $250,000 a year.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Progress in graduation, dropout rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More California high school students graduated in 2011 and fewer dropped out, with the biggest gains posted by Hispanic, black and English learner students, the state Department of Education said Wednesday.

June 27, 2012 | | State


SoCal should survive summer without blackouts

ALHAMBRA (AP) - Southern California will survive the summer without major blackouts despite the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but conservation measures will be critical if there is a heat wave or a disaster, state and utility officials said Wednesday.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Priest assault trial resumes with abuse allegation

SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest accused of molesting children has "pleaded the fifth." The judge has stricken his testimony and denials of abuse from the trial record. Three of the priest's alleged victims are no longer allowed to testify. And the man on trial for beating the priest he says raped him will be limited in what he can tell the jury when called to the witness stand.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SANTA CLARA OFFICIALS OK TALKS WITH JOE MONTANA: SANTA CLARA (AP) - Santa Clara officials have given the go-ahead for the city to begin negotiations with legendary quarterback Joe Montana for a hotel and entertainment complex across from the 49ers new stadium.

June 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CAR HITS SO. CAL NURSING HOME, KILLS MAN, 89: LA MESA (AP) - A runaway car has crashed into a San Diego County nursing home and killed an 89-year-old man.

June 27, 2012 | | State


PG&E: 1956 pipeline test caused San Bruno blast that killed eight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. told California regulators this week that a pipeline test the company performed in 1956 damaged a weld and led to the 2010 deadly explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Police chief angry over plea deal for dentist in son’s death

FRESNO (AP) - A Coalinga dentist who gave his disabled son a fatal dose of morphine received preferential treatment from prosecutors, said the city's police chief.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Famed Crystal Cathedral becoming Catholic Church

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - Retired schoolteacher Dolores Rommel has followed the Rev. Robert H. Schuller almost her entire adult life: She was baptized in his church as a young woman, sent her children to his Sunday school and laid her husband to rest near the soaring, glass-paned Crystal Cathedral that was to be the televangelist's ultimate legacy.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers finish California budget with $15.7 billion gap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers finished work Wednesday on the state budget, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Stockton bankruptcy hard hit for city retirees

STOCKTON (AP) - When Stockton becomes the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy, it will strike a hard blow to residents, especially city employees and retirees whose health benefits and pensions helped drive the city toward insolvency.

June 27, 2012 | | State


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Safeway in talks over possible sale of company

PLEASONTON (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.

February 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA HEALTH EXCHANGE TOPS 800,000 SIGN-UPS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 800,000 Californians have signed up for insurance through mid-February on the state's health care exchange.

February 19, 2014 | | State


LA-area commuter trains get crash- avoidance system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's commuter train network has become an early adopter of crash-avoidance technology that one of its own horrific accidents helped make mandatory.

February 19, 2014 | | State


California AG to lead trip to Mexico

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys general from border states are planning a trip to Mexico this spring as prosecutors from the two countries fight trafficking in people, guns and drugs, among other crimes, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Push to increase malpractice awards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawyers and consumer groups have started gathering signatures for a ballot measure to increase the $250,000 limit on some damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice suits.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Mom of teen called ‘brain dead’ speaks

OAKLAND (AP) - The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is speaking out several weeks after taking her daughter out of a hospital.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Man killed by US agent hurled large rocks

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent threw large rocks at the agent, including one about the size of a basketball, investigators said Wednesday.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Water bottler faces opposition in north state

MOUNT SHASTA (AP) - Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes.

February 19, 2014 | | State


District k judge upholds gun magazine ban in City of SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld San Francisco's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the latest in long series of court rulings grappling with gun rights since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that gun ownership inside the home for self-defense purposes was a fundamental Constitutional right.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Brown plans $687 million for drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.

February 19, 2014 | | State


SJ Valley meat plant shut by feds reopens

HANFORD . (AP) - A Northern California meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened.

February 19, 2014 | | State


High school students Waters, Bowman recognized by Ripon Soroptimist Club

Bulletin staff reports

February 19, 2014 | | State


Edison utility sued over $140K pot power bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two women are suing Southern California Edison, claiming their electricity was cut off for refusing to pay a nearly $140,000 bill racked up by a marijuana grower.

February 19, 2014 | | State


Criminal records to be accessed on smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris says her office has designed a mobile application that will allow law enforcement officers to download criminal records and other information to their smartphones.

February 19, 2014 | | State


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