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SF SHERIFF INVITES INMATES TO DANCE ON V-DAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several dozen inmates in San Francisco Bay area jails shimmied and sweat Thursday in a behind bars choreography aimed at symbolizing an end to violence against women on Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2013 | | State


New rules limit large ships near SF Bay Bridge in fog

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oil tankers and other large vessels will be restricted from sailing beneath the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in dense fog under new rules shipping officials passed Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Anthem reduces rate hikes on 630,000 policyholders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's insurance watchdog says Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to reduce its rate increase for 630,000 policyholders.

February 14, 2013 | | State




Audit questions NASA's plan for former rocket site

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - NASA has agreed to an "excessive and unnecessarily costly cleanup" of a former rocket test facility near Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, the space agency's watchdog said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Car bomb suspect may get mental health evaluation

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California man arrested in an FBI terrorism sting after he allegedly tried to blow up an Oakland bank with an inoperative bomb may need a mental health evaluation, his defense lawyer said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


State opens $24M mental health center

VACAVILLE (AP) - California opened a $24 million treatment center for mentally ill inmates on Thursday as state corrections officials used the occasion to push for ending federal oversight of that aspect of prison operations.

February 14, 2013 | | State


State legislator wants condoms on porn actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, a state assemblyman is proposing a special gift for porn actors - condoms for every adult film made in California.

February 14, 2013 | | State


15 charged in stock manipulation scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen people have been indicted on charges that they took part in a stock manipulation scheme that defrauded more than 20,000 people out of more than $30 million through investments in companies once touted by Pamela Anderson and Eric Roberts, authorities said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Audit: State clueless of what it costs to operate various California parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The latest investigation into financial mismanagement at the state Department of Parks and Recreation shows that its administrators do not even know much it costs to operate each of California's more than 270 parks, yet another symptom of a flawed organization that kept millions of dollars hidden even as it sought to close parks to save money.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Deal reached over pollution from truck traffic at new mega warehouse in SoCal

MIRA LOMA (AP) - A proposed mega-warehouse project in Riverside County will move forward, but project developers will have to monitor for pollution as part of a settlement Thursday with the state of California and environmentalists.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Tobacco control lowers Calif. health costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Calif 1st to set standard for health benefits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.

February 13, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.

February 13, 2013 | | State


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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


USDA: Plant that recalled beef circumvented rules

PETALUMA (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Tim Lincecum awarded $100K in landlord dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum's favor, ending a long legal dispute that began with allegations that he left a townhouse he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Methodist churches push same-sex unions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.

February 21, 2014 | | State


NASA suspends space capsule recovery test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Tesoro bars federal safety agency investigators from Bay Area refinery

MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal safety officials have been barred from returning to a Martinez refinery to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Overstock to pay $6.8M for false advertising

SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Four dead in shooting at tribal facility

ALTURAS (AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California.

February 20, 2014 | | State


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