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Lawmakers pass bill inspired by Penn State

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In California's first legislative response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would require all higher education employees to report suspected instances of child sexual abuse.

April 12, 2012 | | State


Rail authority passes plan for bullet train

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The authority overseeing efforts to build a high-speed rail system in California approved its revised business plan on Thursday, sending the ambitious project to an uncertain fate in the Legislature.

April 12, 2012 | | State


Court: Managers don't have to ensure workers take lunch breaks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch breaks in a case that affects thousands of businesses and millions of workers.

April 12, 2012 | | State


More wear found on tubes at ailing San Onofre nuclear power plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of an idled nuclear plant on the California coast announced Thursday that more unusual wear has been found on tubing that carries radioactive water, the latest disclosure in a mystery involving the plant's steam generators.

April 12, 2012 | | State


State game official avoids fine from cougar hunt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday issued a warning letter to the president of the state Fish and Game Commission over a mountain lion hunting trip he took earlier this year, but they decided against issuing a fine.

April 12, 2012 | | State


Push launched to keep Silicon Valley above water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Business leaders and Sen. Dianne Feinstein launched a $1 billion, 10-year fundraising goal on Thursday that is aimed at preventing some of Silicon Valley's leading technology companies from going underwater - literally.

April 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1 dead, 1 injured in Fairfield bar fight

April 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

HUNDREDS PROTEST POLICE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Stockton in the wake of a police shooting that left a 32-year-old man dead.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Who's the pizza delivery guy? It's Jeff Francoeur

OAKLAND (AP) - Pizza delivery, courtesy of Jeff Francoeur.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Drug war now classified: Uncle Sam buying ads in Mexican newspapers

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The war on drugs is going to the classified sections of Mexican newspapers.

April 11, 2012 | | State


California appeals release of 1970s bus kidnapper

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state is appealing a court order that called for the immediate release of one of three men convicted of kidnapping and burying a busload of schoolchildren in a 1970s ransom attempt.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Report blasts pepper-spraying of students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campus police should not have pepper-sprayed student demonstrators at the University of California, Davis, in an incident that generated national outrage when video was posted online, investigators said Wednesday in a report that assigned blame to all levels of the school administration.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Prison panel denies Manson's bid for parole

CORCORAN (AP) - A prison panel denied parole Wednesday to mass murderer Charles Manson in his 12th and probably final bid for freedom.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Lucas empire strikes back in studio battle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - George Lucas' empire is striking back in its long-running battle to build a palatial film studio in the pastoral hills north of San Francisco.

April 11, 2012 | | State


Coyotes force closure of trails in GG Park to dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are closing some trails to dogs in Golden Gate Park in response to aggressive behavior from coyotes.

April 11, 2012 | | State


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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


Fresno murder- suicide attempt

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide attempt that left a man dead and his wife critically injured.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Melee spurs calls to party less hard

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - With streets still littered in glass and garbage cans overflowing with red cups and bottles, University of California, Santa Barbara students were trying to shake off a lingering hangover from an annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout.

April 13, 2014 | | State


SOBERING COMEDOWN

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

April 11, 2014 | | State


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