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California toxic landfill cited for spills

KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.

November 15, 2012 | | State


Legislative supermajorities at a glance

Some facts about a legislative supermajority:

November 15, 2012 | | State


Physician ousts GOP Rep. Dan Lungren

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.

November 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.

November 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.

November 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Demos win supermajority in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.

November 14, 2012 | | State


California home prices rise 19% during October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Budget deficit shrinks to $1.9B with taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education, embrace online learning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Panel rejects quake study by nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Health board OKs plan for insurance exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's efforts to establish an insurance marketplace for providing affordable health care approved its operational blueprint Wednesday, an essential step toward meeting a key deadline under the federal health care reform law.

November 14, 2012 | | State


San Francisco Bay area drivers first in nation with algae biofuel

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.

November 14, 2012 | | State


New CSU chief requests pay cut to help system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system's incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

November 14, 2012 | | State


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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


Arguments made in ex-dictator’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani cited his own experience as a public figure while arguing Thursday that a lawsuit by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against video game maker Activision should be dismissed.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Winter not expected to end drought

FRESNO (AP) - Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the worsening drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Agencies at odds over counting new crimes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism - a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes - that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 16, 2014 | | State


SoCal city rejects migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California city has rejected a plan to convert a vacant nursing home into a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

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


10 million plus Californians participating in earthquake drill

LA MIRADA (AP) - Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill today to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Pilot funding returns arts to California state prisons

NORCO (AP) - Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms: He cries out for his true love, and then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Transient arrested in sex attack on 12-year-old girl

FRESNO (AP) - A 50-year-old transient has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from the front yard of her Central California home and then sexually assaulting her.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


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