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State drops 8th grade algebra requirement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is abandoning an algebra requirement for eighth graders, a move already adopted by most states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


$5M award upheld against prison guard union

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a damage award of nearly $5 million against the union that represents most California prison guards.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Report says removal of 4 dams good for Klamath salmon, farms

EUREKA (AP) - A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Judge upholds removal of Point Reyes oyster farm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.

February 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

Farmworker receives $1m for mangled arm

February 04, 2013 | | State


California high court lets online stores to require personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A narrowly divided state Supreme Court ruled Monday that Apple Inc. and other online retailers can continue to require California customers making purchases with credit cards to provide personal information to combat fraud.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Will Brown parole Manson disciple?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's governor has been asked to make the final decision on whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Brown: Texas paid radio spots unlikely to sway companies to move from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A radio ad designed to convince California companies to move to Texas has sparked a throw-down between the governors of the two states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Bus passenger describes terror before SoCal crash that killed seven people

YUCAIPA (AP) - The bus full of tired tourists from Mexico was slowly winding its way down the mountain from the ski resort town of Big Bear when it suddenly picked up speed. The driver shouted to call 911 - the brakes had failed.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Good behavior in SF after Bowl loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spirit of hope and anticipation across San Francisco rapidly deteriorated Sunday to sullen disappointment after the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | State


RIDE-HAILING APPS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Hesky Kutscher needed to get across town, he didn't call a taxi. He tapped a smartphone app called Lyft, which allows users to request car rides.

February 03, 2013 | | State


New threat to prime farmland: Rapidly growing solar projects

FRESNO (AP) - There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance to gain legal status for illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

February 03, 2013 | | State


School turnarounds prompt community backlash in low-income neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Police canvassing area where girl was found dead

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Fairfield police investigators were on the streets early Sunday canvassing the neighborhood near the park where a 13-year-old girl was found dead, a police spokesman said.

February 03, 2013 | | State


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Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

April 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS NO CONTEST TO RADIO THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire chief has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $300,000 of radio equipment to sell on eBay and setting a fire in a bungled attempt to hide the theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Drivers in fatal bus crash had clean records

ORLAND (AP) - Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Netflix’s Comcast deal improves quality of video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Injured man flown from fishing boat to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Did parolees wear GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Steinberg backs off ‘carbon tax’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Larger marine sanctuaries proposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.

April 14, 2014 | | State


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