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Bill strengthens oversight of state utilities commission

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The president of the California Public Utilities Commission would be required next year to step down from two nonprofits created by the commission under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, a provision created amid criticism that the nonprofits could be used to shroud how money is spent.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers pass K-12 transgender-rights bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.

July 03, 2013 | | State


SF City College to lose accreditation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco on Wednesday that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation's largest institutions of higher learning.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Court rejects plea to delay inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges Wednesday refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional prison inmates by the end of the year.

July 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CONVICTED CALIF. MOLESTER, PSYCHIC FACES NEW TRIAL: SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for a former television psychic and self-proclaimed karate expert who is being kept in a California state mental hospital after serving 17 years in prison for a molestation conviction.

July 02, 2013 | | State


San Diego man fatally shoots pit bull, owner cited

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a man who fatally shot a pit bull in a San Diego front yard is not expected to face charges, but the dog's owner was cited.

July 02, 2013 | | State


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BART WORKER STRIKE

OAKLAND (AP) - Here are five things to know about the worker strike at Bay Area Rapid Transit, the nation's fifth largest train system:

July 02, 2013 | | State


Teacher accused of having 16-year-old student's baby

REDLANDS (AP) - A Southern California high school teacher was arrested on unlawful sex charges two weeks after she gave birth to a baby that was allegedly fathered by a student, Redlands police said Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Brown appoints 26 in state reorganization

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has made 26 appointments as part of his reorganization of state government, which takes full effect this week as the new fiscal year begins.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Talks to resume to end strike that stymied commute

OAKLAND (AP) - Rail workers and transit officials agreed Tuesday to resume contract talks to end a two-day strike that has caused chaotic commutes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and prompted businesses to claim the walkout is costing the region millions of dollars.

July 02, 2013 | | State


California to move inmates over illness

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State corrections officials said Tuesday they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF FIREFIGHTER COULD FACE DUI, HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and left the scene could face drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Landlord fatal arson conviction overturned

MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto landlord will be freed from prison after being exonerated of a triple murder and arson conviction after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Judge allows yoga in public schools

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice is a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance and rejecting pleas of parents who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state.

July 01, 2013 | | State


BART strike slows down rush hour in in SF Bay area

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.

July 01, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Archaeologists seek to uncover movie set in California sands

GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Brown pursues lasting policy legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

October 17, 2014 | | State


25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bird deaths in plant’s ponds investigated

BLYTHE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating as many as 60 bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate dips to 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September even as the number of jobs in the state dipped by 9,800.

October 17, 2014 | | State


US marshal arrested in marijuana robbery

YUBA CITY (AP) - A deputy U.S. marshal is accused of stealing roughly 24 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from three people parked at a Northern California motel.

October 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TOP-SECRET SPACE PLANE LANDS ON CALIFORNIA COAST: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bank robbery hostage begged for her life

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and killed by police in an ensuing shootout begged for her life as she was dragged away by kidnappers, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 16, 2014 | | State


College ropes off building amid false Ebola scare

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fears about the Ebola virus prompted officials to rope off a college classroom building for several hours Thursday in San Diego County after a student told her instructor that her sister was in a hospital with flu-like symptoms.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Health exchange preps for second round

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Thursday that it is learning from past mistakes by adding staff and capacity in preparation for the second round of open enrollment next month.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Maui birthday invite washes ashore in SoCal

PISMO BEACH (AP) - A Central California beach outing has turned into a mystery after a bottle turned up with an invitation to a party in Hawaii - four years ago.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Secret PG&E, CPUC talks banned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's public utilities commission should stop all back-channel contact between commission members and the state's largest utility for at least a year, a judge ruled Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


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