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Court victory for ex-Village People lead singer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to compiling a list of the great songwriters of the past 50 years, Victor Willis' name likely wouldn't merit more than an asterisk.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Ex-transit cop asks court to overturn conviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform in 2009 urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his involuntary manslaughter conviction, saying that letting it stand would place police under an increased threat of prosecution for making mistakes.

May 09, 2012 | | State


‘Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

3 ARRESTED FOR HIGH-END CUSTOM BICYCLE THEFTS : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say three men used Craigslist and Facebook to steal 200 high-end bicycles throughout Southern California.

May 09, 2012 | | State




Coastal panel OKs Pebble Beach area development backed by Clint Eastwood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After decades of environmental fights, California's chief coastal regulator approved a scaled-back development plan Wednesday by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of real estate covered by rare Monterey pines.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Skateboarder, 13, dies in pickup crash

May 09, 2012 | | State


ABOUT PROPOSITION 28

*WHAT IT WOULD DO: Lowers the number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but lets them serve all that time in a single house. Lawmakers currently can serve three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate. The initiative also would close a loophole that allows certain lawmakers to serve up to 17 years in the Legislature. This applies to those who begin their political careers by filling the remainder of a departing lawmaker's term, then run for the seat and serve full terms in the Assembly and Senate.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Acton fire burns 126 acres; 30 homes evacuated

ACTON (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA MAY BAN GAY TEEN 'CONVERSION' THERAPY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.

May 08, 2012 | | State


As deadline nears, proposals surface to save up to 50 of 70 parks set to close

FRESNO (AP) - With a July 1 deadline approaching for dozens of California state parks on a budget closure list, legislators are scrambling to keep them open with bills meant to raise money through specialty license tags and improved entrance fee collections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


University of California weighs more tuition hikes upwards of 6 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters reject the governor's tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Over 1,300 tubes damaged at ailing San Onofre nuclear reactors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


TWO LOCAL RACES TIGHT

THE 9th DISTRICT: In a swing district in the Central Valley, the 9th Congressional District, Ivy League-educated law student Ricky Gill has established himself as a newcomer to watch in the GOP. He turns 25 this month - the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House- and has snagged endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Gill has raised more than $1.1 million, about equal to the amount raised by the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney. National Republicans consider Gill one of their top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent this year.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Political reforms translate into tight House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Members of Congress are facing a new reality in California: competitive elections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - 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


Most GPS anklet alerts bombarding probation officers are ignored in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors, potentially masking true alarms of danger.

February 16, 2014 | | State


State senator pushes bill that insur s people in US illegally

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants living in the country illegally would be able to buy health insurance through the state of California under a bill introduced by a state senator.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Heavenly protests Forest Service plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Heavenly Mountain Resort is protesting portions of the U.S. Forest Service's 15-year land management plan for Lake Tahoe.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California health officials deem Mexican cactus a health risk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials are warning people not to eat cactus sold in several stores around the state due to the presence of unapproved pesticides.

February 16, 2014 | | State


LA breaks record for largest concrete pour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles project laying the foundation for the tallest building west of the Mississippi has broken the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour, a Guinness World Records adjudicator said Sunday.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California water politics complicate Brown’s decisions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Republican challengers see opportunity in water crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is providing an opportunity to the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown's expected re-election campaign this fall, highlighting what they say are government failures to prepare the state for a foreseeable crisis.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Wine-grape growers celebrate bumper 2013 California crop

MODESTO (AP) - California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Flu deaths in California jump to 243

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials warned that 243 people in the state have died from the flu this season, and authorities are investigating an additional 41 deaths this year as possibly flu-related.

February 16, 2014 | | State


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