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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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State office building racks up $60 million in ongoing repairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes.

July 06, 2014 | | State


San Jose man blows off hands with fireworks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Perez seeks recount in California controller race after placing third

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Homeless parolees weigh on counties

SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Good Samaritan beaten, run over, dies

FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Video shows officer punching woman on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Water reporting rules expanded for loggers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state's ongoing drought, a newspaper reported.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Drama mounts for water-bond measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

July 03, 2014 | | State


State regulators up enforcement powers as water use fails to drop

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.

July 03, 2014 | | State


California wildfires grow in north, south

JULIAN (AP) - Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Murrieta is latest immigration flashpoint

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their monthlong summer recess.

July 03, 2014 | | State


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