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Actress Geena Davis critical of Oscar host

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscar ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane's routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

VALLEJO POLICE: 2 DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE: VALLEJO (AP) - Vallejo police say a man and woman found dead inside an apartment were fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.

March 04, 2013 | | State




Myriad languages, challenge health reform

OAKLAND (AP) - Set on a gritty corner of Oakland's International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Stolen yacht stocked with pizza beer runs aground at Pacifica; 3 arrested

PACIFICA (AP) - Three people were arrested Monday after they stocked a stolen, 82-foot yacht with pizza and beer, and then ran the vessel aground on a Northern California beach, authorities said.

March 04, 2013 | | State


209 News

EARLY START FOR DELTA WATER WEED TREATMENT: STOCKTON (AP) - Officials are getting a jump on clearing thick masses of invasive plants that clog marinas and frustrate boaters along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

March 04, 2013 | | State


$8M makeover planned at Camp Richardson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Redevelopment plans for a popular Lake Tahoe campground and resort dating to the 1930s would eliminate parking along busy Highway 89 and cut the number of camp sites by nearly one-third, but offer year-round camping for the first time.

March 04, 2013 | | State


SF’s ‘other’ bridge prepares to shine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After more than 75 years in the shadow of its glamorous cousin, San Francisco's "other" bridge is getting a chance to shine.

March 03, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider expanding mental health law to avoid Newtown shooting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are seeking to expand a decade-old law that lets counties pursue court-ordered mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own.

March 03, 2013 | | State


4 dead in weekend Bay area police shootings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two people in Union City and nearby Hayward have become the latest to die in a string of separate officer-involved shootings over the weekend, San Francisco Bay area police said.

March 03, 2013 | | State


GOP puts turn-around hopes in ex-lawmaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans on Sunday turned to a familiar face to lead the party back from the brink of irrelevance in a state that once was a GOP stronghold but is now home to a powerful Democratic political machine.

March 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• FEDS LOOK FOR ESCAPED SUSPECTED MARIJUANA DEALER: FRESNO (AP) - Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected marijuana dealer who remains on the loose after escaping custody while undergoing medical treatment at a Central Valley health care facility.

March 03, 2013 | | State


Republicans seek to restore party's luster in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans began gathering for a round of soul-searching Friday at the start of their spring convention as they seek to restore the party's luster after years of election defeats.

March 01, 2013 | | State


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Lawmakers split on medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, a day after competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Wild river status for Mokelumne?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Part of a river draining the central Sierra Nevada could win new protections from a wild-and-scenic designation under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite complaints that the action could aggravate water shortages caused by California's drought.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Army Corps: Restore Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Scaled-down preschool advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to provide preschool programs for children in low-income families passed the state Senate on Thursday. But it represents a proposal that is far less than what its author had originally intended.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Bill would mandate paid sick time

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday despite objections from Republican lawmakers and business groups that labeled it a "job killer."

May 29, 2014 | | State


8 states release plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871B yearly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Ballot proposals: Let’s make a deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved changes to California's century-old initiative process with a provision that allows for negotiations between the Legislature and the proponents, who could then withdraw their proposal even if they had gathered enough petition signatures.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara rampage shows gaps in state’s mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | | State


SF offers museum site for George Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee is offering George Lucas a spot on the city's scenic waterfront for the future home of the Star Wars creator's lifetime collection of art and movie memorabilia.

May 29, 2014 | | State


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