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UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.

August 05, 2013 | | State


State seeks to move inmates to private prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials say they will seek to move thousands of inmates to private prisons in a last-ditch attempt to avoid releasing violent offenders to ease prison crowding.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Chevron paying $2M in refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Brown orders inquiry, averts BART strike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in a labor contract dispute, but the clock began ticking again with the potential for another strike in less than a week.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Salinas: 9 killings in 12 days

SALINAS (AP) - A 21-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of opening fire outside a Salinas taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing two people and injuring five others in the city that has seen nine killings in 12 days.

August 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAY AREA BUS DRIVERS GIVE STRIKE NOTICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union employees of a San Francisco Bay Area bus system say they will walk off the job this week if they don't reach a contract deal.

August 05, 2013 | | State


Powerful water district backs tunnel plan

FIVE POINTS (AP) - As a giant harvesting machine uprooted and sucked in hundreds of tomato plants a row at a time, Dan Errotabere contemplated massive strips of bare land on his farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


BART labor talks continue as planned strike looms today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders returned to the bargaining table Sunday in hopes of heading off a strike that would create traffic nightmares for San Francisco area commuters for the second time in a month.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Driver accelerated into crowd

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The driver parked outside a hotel and surveyed the leisurely summer scene at the Venice Beach boardwalk: Hundreds of people were sitting at cafes, walking along the seashore or shopping at vendors selling jewelry or art.

August 04, 2013 | | State


San Diego mayor begins 2-week therapy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Therapists say admitting one has a problem is the first step toward recovery. For San Diego Mayor Bob Filner that could be tricky.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Implosion shrapnel injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators that had gathered in California's Central Valley to watch it come down, officials said.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Toddler badly burned in hash explosion

EUREKA (AP) - Eureka authorities say a 2-year-old boy was badly burned and his parents were arrested following an explosion in an apartment where hash was being produced.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Oil companies frack in coastal waters as regulators ponder special permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

August 04, 2013 | | State


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Museum exhibits lowrider cars, the artwork they’ve inspired

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry ...

July 04, 2017 | | State


SF area water agencies move to expand reservoir

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dozen water agencies preparing for the next California drought are moving ahead with an $800 million expansion of one of the ...

July 04, 2017 | | State


Hate crimes up; blacks, Jews, gay men targets

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number still ...

July 03, 2017 | | State


LA jury finds man guilty of killing movie executive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury found Monday that a drug dealer crushed the skull of a movie studio executive who had been having an affair ...

July 03, 2017 | | State


California man pleads not guilty to killing 5-year-old son

ALHAMBRA (AP) - A California man who authorities say killed his son after a family trip to Disneyland pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Monday ...

July 03, 2017 | | State


Silicon Valley’s sexism problem: Could the tide be turning?

NEW YORK (AP) - Sexism in Silicon Valley has been an open secret for years. What's changing: A growing number of women are coming forward ...

July 03, 2017 | | State


Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

MENO PARK (AP) - Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


California regulators blocking planned assault weapon rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators announced Tuesday that they have temporarily blocked proposed new rules on assault weapons.

June 27, 2017 | | State


Gov. signs $125B budget boosting education funds

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $125 billion California budget Tuesday that gives doctors and dentists a raise while increasing funding for education and ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Cosby rejects ‘sexual assault tour’ idea floated by his reps

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Work progressing on family entertainment zone infrastructure improvements Project

Underground utilities construction is nearing completion for the $8.7 million family entertainment zone (FEZ) infrastructure improvement project west of Costco along the 120 Bypass.

June 27, 2017 | | State


111 terminally ill end lives under new California law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California health officials reported Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


LA City Council oks plans for $1.5B George Lucas museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with lightsaber speed to clear the way ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Tioga Road opening Thursday

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A mountain pass across the Sierra Nevada that runs through Yosemite National Park is opening to traffic later than it has ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault case

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an ...

June 27, 2017 | | State


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