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EX-CON GETS 148 YEARS IN SMOKING CONFRONTATION: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - An elderly California ex-con has been sentenced to 148 years to life in prison for pulling a knife on a security guard who asked him to put out his cigarette.

May 11, 2012 | | State


New maps, primary system shape legislative races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Independently drawn political boundaries and a new way of electing lawmakers are expected to change the face of the California Legislature and could bring Democrats total control of the state Senate.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Facebook wraps up IPO road show in Silicon Valley

PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives addressed about 200 prospective investors Friday at a hotel luncheon in Silicon Valley.

May 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF teachers vote to support possible strike

May 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WORKER BURIED IN 8-FOOT-DEEP TRENCH DIES: BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - A worker who was buried in an 8-foot-deep trench outside a Beverly Hills home died Thursday afternoon before firefighters could free him from the loose soil.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Asteroid got one-two crater-carving punch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant asteroid Vesta got clobbered not once but twice, and it has the scars to prove it.

May 10, 2012 | | State


San Diego, San Jose voters asked to cut pensions to help financially stressed budgets

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven years ago, the nation's eighth-largest city was a poster child for fiscal mismanagement. Criminal investigations were in full swing, its bond rating was suspended, audits were long overdue, and the mayor resigned in disgrace.

May 10, 2012 | | State


State bill targets parents who skip kids' shots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents would have to take a trip to the doctor's office before opting out of vaccines if a bill approved by the state Assembly on a party line vote Thursday becomes law.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Brown submits ballot petitions for tax increases for November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown made a personal appeal Thursday for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative, saying their support is crucial because the state's finances have been "screwed up" for a decade.

May 10, 2012 | | State


California to apply for waiver to ‘No Child Left Behind’ federal regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education leaders agreed Thursday to join 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which expects all students to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Well-traveled Ore. wolf photographed in Calif.

REDDING (AP) - A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.

May 10, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN, 18, FACING CHARGES IN TORCHING OF BED

May 10, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to modify lawmakers' term limits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two decades after approving term limits to force entrenched state lawmakers from office, California voters are being given a chance to change the law with an initiative its supporters say will encourage more consistency and stability.

May 09, 2012 | | State


University files suit over farm encampment by Occupy protestors on 10 acres in Albany

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of University of California, Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Honda wins appeal of small-claims hybrid judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | | State


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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


Man comes to courthouse in stolen vehicle

SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Landmark thermometer to be renovated, relit

BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Suicide suspected in man’s fall in Yosemite Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say suicide is suspected in the death of a man who apparently jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park.

April 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FBI ASKS TO MEET WITH SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI plans to talk with San Francisco city leaders as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown, the agency confirmed Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Missing paintings found in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of missing paintings by a Polish artist have been found in a storage facility in Northern California.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Drought spawns well drilling boom

CHOWCHILLA (AP) - The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge rusting in critical areas

OAKLAND (AP) - Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting, and engineering experts say it could lead to structural damage if the corrosion worsens, a newspaper reported Sunday.

April 13, 2014 | | State


California to see surge in oil brought in state by rail

VENTURA ( AP) - California is preparing for an oil boom - brought in on rail cars.

April 13, 2014 | | State


No evidence of pre-impact fire

ORLAND (AP) - Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Stress on Silicon Valley’s Russian ties

SAN MATEO (AP) - Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

April 13, 2014 | | State


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