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State pension board hikes contributions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees' pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Police: Bizarre 911 calls lead to pot discovery

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a series of bizarre and false emergency calls led them to the discovery of a marijuana garden in a Northern California home.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Post-nuke power grid could cost consumers more

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $2.3 billion proposal to rewire portions of Southern California's transmission grid following the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant could mean higher electricity bills for consumers, the state's power transmission agency said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | State


More California students seek college financial aid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As tuition costs rose over the last six years, a record number of California college students applied for financial aid, according to federal data reported by a newspaper.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Leading groups won’t seek pot legalization in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A coalition of leading drug reform groups has decided against pursuing a ballot initiative this year to legalize the adult use of marijuana in California.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Deaf man sues police over confrontation

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A deaf man who said Hawthorne police roughed him up when he tried to communicate with them through sign language has sued the department, alleging federal civil rights violations.

February 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

uDOGS ATTACK OWNER'S DEAD BODY: CALPELLA (AP) - Northern California authorities stopped two dogs from attacking the dead body of their owner as it lay on the ground in a clearing beside the road.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Major parties lose more ground among voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report says California's two major political parties are losing ground as more voters decline to state a party preference.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Achdiocese to settle priest abuse cases for $13M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Judges may alter liability in liquor cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's highest court is considering a case that could crack a legal shield that has long protected party hosts in the state from most alcohol-related lawsuits, a newspaper reported Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Mom wants memorial to daughter saved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach mother wants the city to permit a memorial to her daughter, who was stabbed to death in 2012, to remain on public property.

February 17, 2014 | | State


SF police search for downtown gunman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Monday they hope video from nearby surveillance cameras will help in their search for a gunman who shot another man outside a crowded mall in downtown San Francisco.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Two CHP officers die in crash

KINGSBURG (AP) - The California Highway Patrol was mourning the loss of two officers Monday after their squad car flipped over while responding to a multi-vehicle crash.

February 17, 2014 | | State


“Green Acres” actress Mary Grace Canfield dies

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.

February 17, 2014 | | State


Call to reform wrker-run pension boards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation's largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

February 16, 2014 | | State


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Democrats give indicted lawmaker one week to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers say they will give a state senator one week to resign or risk being suspended after he was indicted last week on multiple federal corruption charges.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Attorney criticizes Alameda deputies’ fatal shooting

SAN LORENZO (AP) - An attorney for the family of a San Francisco Bay Area man who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies says deputies created the confrontation that led to the shooting.

February 24, 2014 | | State


California lawmaker helps crime victim

CONCORD (AP) - A California state senator who was called on to help a home invasion robbery victim says he is still stunned such a crime occurred in his neighborhood.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Almond farmers face tough choices

SCOTT SMITH

February 23, 2014 | | State


Tribal shooting suspect known as bully

CEDARVILLE (AP) - Practically everyone in this tiny town in the high desert of northeastern California's Surprise Valley knew Cherie Lash Rhoades.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Girl Scout’s effort to sell cookies goes to ‘pot’

PHOENIX (AP) - Customers of some medical marijuana dispensaries are discovering this week that they don't have to go far if they have a case of the munchies.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Much-needed rain, snow coming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Uncle Sam gives high-speed rail funding extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Risky deals costing UC millions

SANTA ANA (AP) - The financially strapped University of California system is losing about $6 million each year due to risky bets on interest rates under deals pushed by Wall Street banks.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Water, ethics bills on tap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drought and water issues will play a prominent role in this year's legislative session as most of California is dealing with the consequences of one of the driest periods on record.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Police: Meatballs left for dogs may be poisonous

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year.

February 23, 2014 | | State


Thief steals from Girls Scout outside shop

ESCONDIDO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who stole from a group of Girls Scouts in San Diego County who were collecting money toward a program that sends cookies to U.S. troops.

February 23, 2014 | | State


California farmers won’t get federal water

FRESNO (AP) - Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Tribal killing suspect target of federal probe

ALTURAS (AP) - The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.

February 21, 2014 | | State


California State Senate leader says indicted lawmaker should resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Friday that a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.

February 21, 2014 | | State


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