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CAR HITS STUDENTS OUTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL, 9 HURT: HEMET (AP) - A pickup truck ran into a group of students who were crossing a street outside a California high school on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured and backpacks and clothing strewn across an intersection.

May 30, 2012 | | State


ACLU suit targets learning method for non-English speaking students in Dinuba

DINUBA (AP) - A group of teachers, parents and students sued a small Central Valley school district Wednesday, alleging its program to teach English to young elementary school children is ineffective and violates the students' constitutional rights.

May 30, 2012 | | State


Bills: Making coaches mandatory abuse reporters to free online college textbook for state system

to SACRAMEMNTO (AP) - The following are proposed laws that have been approved by either the California Assembly or State Senate for advancement to the other chamber.

May 30, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers to amend specialty license plate bills with safeguards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers trying to establish new specialty license plates this year said Wednesday they are moving quickly to amend their bills and enact safeguards to ensure the money is spent as promised after an Associated Press investigation raised questions about oversight of the program.

May 30, 2012 | | State


Foie gras feeding frenzy grows as Calif. ban nears

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is not a good time to be a duck with a fatty liver in California, though better times are just ahead.

May 30, 2012 | | State


In video, man says he was 'going down' for assault on SF fan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of two men charged in a devastating assault on a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium told his own mother that he was involved and expected to "go down" for the attack.

May 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DELIVERYMAN CONVICTED OF TRADING FISH FOR CRACK : REDWOOD CITY . (AP) - A former deliveryman for a Northern California seafood company is facing two-and-a-half years in prison for exchanging a load of fish for crack cocaine and abandoning his employer's truck.

May 30, 2012 | | State


Video draws animal cruelty charges

SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the owner and seven employees at a Southern California livestock auction house after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, hitting and tossing the animals as they were readied for sale.

May 30, 2012 | | State


Calif. Senate OKs bill to reduce reliance on pupil tests to determine school performance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker is trying again to make California schools less dependent on student testing after a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

May 29, 2012 | | State


New earthquake faults found west of Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE (AP) - Scientists studying earthquake faults in the mountains west of Lake Tahoe say new, high-resolution imaging technology has helped uncover more substantial seismic hazards than previously thought to exist there.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Quake backup power probed at ailing San Onofre nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that might have temporarily cut off the plant's emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR ORDERS AUDIT OF SPECIALTY PLATE PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered an audit of California's specialty license plate program after a review by The Associated Press found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Legislation would allow sports wagering at California card rooms, race tracks, casinos

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would be in a position to allow sports betting at race tracks, card rooms and casinos under a bill approved by the state Senate.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State 9/11 fund raided for deficits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

May 29, 2012 | | State


Measure would protect workplace religious freedom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects.

May 29, 2012 | | State


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Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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