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State lawmakers seeks to adopt nation’s toughest restrictive firearm legislation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Weeks after New York enacted the nation's toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.

February 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

13-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR POT COOKIES AT SCHOOL: WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - West Sacramento police have arrested a 13-year-old suspected of taking marijuana cookies to his school.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Odd News

POLICE: BANDITS STEALING TOILET PIPES IN NM : ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say bandits are hitting up Albuquerque public restrooms and running off with metal pipes that automatically flush toilets.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF OFFICIAL: NO ALARM BEFORE CABLE CAR MISHAP: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit officials say an alarm that is supposed to alert authorities to obstructions on the city's cable car line did not sound before a cable car hit a metal object and came to a sudden stop, injuring seven people.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Brown pitches twin tunnels to farmers

COLUSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

February 06, 2013 | | State


SF mayor wants to mandate upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco wants to require thousands of San Francisco property owners to upgrade their apartment and office buildings to withstand major earthquakes, saying that encouraging people to retrofit their structures has not worked.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Atwater. official charged in milkshake dispute

ATWATER (AP) - Authorities say an Atwater official who was yelling about the price of a milkshake at a Foster's Freeze shop is facing a misdemeanor charge after he challenged a bystander who tried to intercede to a fight.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Slayings stemmed from pot deal

FORESTVILLE (AP) - The fatal shootings of three men whose bodies were found inside a home in rural Northern California stemmed from a botched marijuana deal, authorities said Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | State


ACLU settles bias lawsuit filed by Latino students

GLENDALE . (AP) - A suburban Los Angeles County school district and police department have agreed to revise policies to settle a racial profiling lawsuit filed by a group of Latino students who said they were rounded up at school and treated as if they were potential gang members, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Postal worker accused of choking girl

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say they've charged a U.S. postal worker with child cruelty for choking an 11-year-old girl who laughed at him at a park.

February 06, 2013 | | State


State considers listing great white sharks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - They are the most feared predator in the ocean, but the state of California thinks great white sharks might need a little protection of their own.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Districts misspent cafeteria money

Districts misspent cafeteria money

February 06, 2013 | | State


Senator wants probe at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer pressed federal regulators Wednesday to open a probe at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant after uncovering documents that she said suggest the utility that runs it took shortcuts that compromised safety.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Officials to research coyote hunting laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state game commission on Wednesday declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest, although members did ask for a legal opinion on whether the board has authority to regulate contests in the future.

February 06, 2013 | | State


SoCal tour bus collision death toll rises to eight

LOMA LINDA (AP) - The driver of a pickup truck struck by a careening tour bus died Wednesday at a California hospital, bringing the death toll from the mountain road crash to eight.

February 06, 2013 | | State


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Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons to take new balance after riots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Firm fined for underpaying workers

FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Steinbeck heirs fight over movie rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

October 22, 2014 | | State


1000 plus SF inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Study looks at lane splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.

October 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Malpractice cap proposal generates big spending

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Transgenders, gays isue over jail rights

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.

October 22, 2014 | | State


CALIFORNIA’S SILCON BEACH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."

October 22, 2014 | | State


LA detective fired over insult-filled rant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veteran police detective was fired for giving an obscenity- and insult-filled rant during a training session, his attorney said Wednesday.

October 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

COACH FIRED OVER WATERMELON, APE-LIKE CELEBRATIONS: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.

October 21, 2014 | | State


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