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Bullet train land acquisition moving slowly

FRESNO (AP) - The body overseeing plans to build California's bullet train has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley, where the rail line's proposed path would slice through farms, stores and motels.

November 10, 2013 | | State


State’s low community college fees face scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.

November 10, 2013 | | State


New research on shallow shoreline waters

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Google's Bay Area barge to hoist sails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


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Crowdfunding campaign for drought relief

FRESNO (AP) - A group of nonprofit organizations and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

August 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per pack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


Mayor thanks student who helped thwart France attack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An American student who helped stop a terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train said Wednesday it's been a "crazy few days ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


Poll: Californians increasingly back Medi-Cal for immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increasingly support extending public health care services to immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to new survey results released Wednesday.

August 26, 2015 | | State


Supervisors enjoy lots of car washes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Most Los Angeles County supervisors have their take-home cars washed two or three times a week, even as officials are urging residents ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


Windows 10 now on 75 million devices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft said Wednesday that its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices - in ...

August 26, 2015 | | State


190 firefighters get poison oak

SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Nearly 200 firefighters have been treated for allergic reactions to poison oak while battling a stubborn blaze that has charred more than ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Audit: California agencies vulnerable to IT security breach

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state agencies are not complying with the state's information technology standards, leaving them vulnerable to a major security breach of ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Investigator says suspect admitted to pier shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admitted to shooting and killing a young San Francisco woman out ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Preview of ‘Listen’ set for Manteca High on Saturday

An exclusive preview of the movie "Listen" - a film addressing teen issues - is taking place at Manteca High where much of it was filmed.

August 25, 2015 | | State


LA looks at harsher penalties for those paying for child sex

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials in Los Angeles County are adopting a get-tough tactic to deter men from soliciting sex from girls who are forced into ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Ashley Madison users sue cheating website over breach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Wine train apologizes to black women it booted

NAPA (AP) - The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted ...

August 25, 2015 | | State


Nevada, California talk Tahoe traffic

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) - Officials from both Nevada and California gathered on the shores of Lake Tahoe on Monday to discuss how to deal with ...

August 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers reject bill to develop local police body camera policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected a bill to require law enforcement agencies to develop policies on body cameras as Democrats push for statewide regulation.

August 24, 2015 | | State


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