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Law change makes child abuse hard to track

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officers and child welfare advocates are concerned about a little-noticed change to California's child abuse database, saying it could hamper their ability to keep tabs on hundreds of suspected abusers who work with kids outside the home, including teachers, coaches and clergy.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Bullet train agency changed bid criteria

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the first phase of the bullet train in a way that allowed a California bidder to emerge as the lead candidate despite having the lowest technical rating for safety and design quality, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Van Dyke undergoing tests for 'cranial throbbing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for Dick Van Dyke says the actor is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Audit finds problems with specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Settlement reached in bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Man charged after alleged naked crawl through dog door

PERRIS (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure after he allegedly crawled naked through a neighbor's dog door to seek sex.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Panel affirms firing of Stockton teacher over her porn sites

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials have affirmed a Stockton school district's decision to fire a 37-year-old high school teacher accused of using a school-issued laptop to help set up pornographic websites.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs money for gun-seizure program taking aim at felons, others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's one-of-a-kind program to seize guns from felons, the mentally unstable and others prohibited from owning them is close to receiving more money after an Assembly vote Thursday.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF. BOY HURT IN BOSTON BOMBINGS MAY LEAVE ICU: MARTINEZ (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old Northern California boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings says he has taken a huge step forward.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge bolt problems noted years ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

April 17, 2013 | | State


School couldn't expel accused teens

SARATOGA. (AP) - A school superintendent said Wednesday that officials could not expel three teenage boys charged with sexually battering a classmate at a party last fall, even after she hanged herself and her family complained that a humiliating photo of the assault was being circulated.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Army allowed police shooter to resign

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.

April 17, 2013 | | State


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Move afoot to carve California into 6 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces - six of them.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Milpitas store gets $1M for selling ticket

MILPITAS (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Sheriff eases rules for permits for carrying concealed weapon

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Bills strengthen campaign finance reporting laws of who donors are

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers approved a pair of bills Thursday to strengthen the authority of California's campaign watchdog agency and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors, changes that will be in effect for this year's elections if signed into law by the governor.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Mexican charged in illegally funneling $500,000 into San Diego campaigns

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican business tycoon was charged Thursday with illegally funneling more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians in a widening campaign finance scandal.

February 20, 2014 | | State


State high court upholds woman’s execution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty of a woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Stolen ‘57 Chevy returned to owner after 30 years

LAKEPORT (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.

February 20, 2014 | | State


Wealth gap is widest in some affluent cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.

February 20, 2014 | | State


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


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