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Talks to resume to end strike that stymied commute

OAKLAND (AP) - Rail workers and transit officials agreed Tuesday to resume contract talks to end a two-day strike that has caused chaotic commutes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and prompted businesses to claim the walkout is costing the region millions of dollars.

July 02, 2013 | | State


California to move inmates over illness

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State corrections officials said Tuesday they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF FIREFIGHTER COULD FACE DUI, HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and left the scene could face drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Landlord fatal arson conviction overturned

MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto landlord will be freed from prison after being exonerated of a triple murder and arson conviction after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Judge allows yoga in public schools

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice is a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance and rejecting pleas of parents who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state.

July 01, 2013 | | State


BART strike slows down rush hour in in SF Bay area

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.

July 01, 2013 | | State




State news briefs

BROWN SIGNS SCHOOL-FUNDING CHANGES INTO LAW: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed sweeping education legislation Monday that changes the state funding formula for K-12 schools in a way that he hopes will help boost the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Death Valley’s 129 degree ties June record

FURNANCE CREEK (AP) - A heat wave smothering the West is rewriting the record books, likely tying a more than century-old record for the U.S. while putting Las Vegas through its hottest June ever.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Why this California heat wave's so scary and what's behind it

WASHINGTON (AP) - Excessive heat is the No. 1 weather killer in the United States and it's at its most dangerous when it doesn't cool down at night.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

STATE GAS TAX RISES 3.5 CENTS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Starting this week California drivers are spending more to fill up at the pump.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Man, 19, shot in chest at BART station

EL CERRITO (AP) - Police are looking for at least one suspect who shot a 19-year-old man in the chest following an argument at a BART station in El Cerrito.

June 28, 2013 | | State


BART unions may go on strike Monday

OAKLAND (AP) - Scores of commuters were scrambling Friday to find alternate plans after two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions gave notice they plan to go on strike if they can't get a new contract over the weekend.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Las Vegas, Phoenix bake in hot temps

PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

June 28, 2013 | | State


AROUND THE STATEn

PORN INDUSTRY CONNECTS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONDOM LAW: LOS ANGELES - The adult film industry is citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in its effort to muzzle its main nemeses in the legal battle to keep condoms off of porn actors. Porn industry attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation be prevented from arguing against the industry's lawsuit to repeal the condom requirement Los Angeles County voters have adopted. The foundation was the driving force in getting the law passed. On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled ...

June 28, 2013 | | State


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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


Doctors Medical Center performs its 20,000th open heart surgery

MODESTO – Reaching a major milestone, surgeons at Doctors Medical Center have performed the institution's 20,000th open heart surgery since 1976, when the hospital ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Engineers use replica to pinpoint Oroville dam repairs

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a section of a dam built out ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Federal wildlife folks bless tunnels

SACRARMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Roundup now on California cancer list

FRESNO (AP) - Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Lawmakers OK plan to borrow $6B for pensions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday approved a plan to borrow $6 billion from a state savings account to pay down massive debt in the ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


Man killed missing son, 5, after taking him to Disneyland

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators suspect the father of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months killed the child after a family ...

June 26, 2017 | | State


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