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Lt. Gov. Newsom leads pot legalization panel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push to legalize marijuana in California received a boost Thursday as the state's Democratic lieutenant governor announced that he was leading a blue ribbon panel that plans to study the issue with the goal of producing a legalization initiative for the November 2016 ballot.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Yosemite reopens immediately after shutdown vote

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park is reopening to visitors Wednesday night with the end of the 16-day partial government shutdown

October 17, 2013 | | State


Castle museum gets retired Air Force One jet

ATWATER (AP) - A San Joaquin Valley air museum has added a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Court considers school's May 5 US flag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday wrestled with the novel question of whether it was offensive for Northern California high school students to display the American flag during a school day dedicated to celebrating Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Mayors advance pension reform plan

SANTA ANA (AP) - Mayors of five California cities have filed papers with the state to place an initiative on next year's ballot that would amend the state's constitution to allow local governments to negotiate changes in pension benefits for current and future employees.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Cupertino endorses Apple plan

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that co-founder Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship have cleared a major hurdle.

October 16, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

PLANE MAKES OAKLAND EMERGENCY LANDING; NO INJURIES: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Jose to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland shortly after takeoff after the crew reported a possible bird strike.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Body found in forest missing Turlock man

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - Authorities believe a body found by hunters in the Stanislaus National Forest is a missing Turlock man who disappeared in 2012.

October 16, 2013 | | State


BART trains run as unions continue talks

OAKLAND (AP) - The contentious talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its two largest unions have dragged on for six months - a period that has seen a chaotic dayslong strike, a cooling-off period and frazzled commuters wondering if they'll wake up to find the trains aren't running.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Yellow fever mosquito detected in SJ Valley

CLOVIS (AP) - A mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Police find stolen car with kids safe in back seat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say two children, ages 1 and 3, are safe after taking a ride with a thief who stole a car with them in the back seat.

October 16, 2013 | | State


LA schools leader wants to slow iPad rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The leader of the nation's second-largest school district moved Tuesday to put the brakes on an ambitious $1 billion plan to place iPads in the hands of every student after some of the first to get them used the devices to tweet, text and play games rather than study.

October 15, 2013 | | State


News from around california

MAN WALKING DOG NEAR SACRAMENTO DIES FROM GUNSHOT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are investigating an early-morning shooting Tuesday that left one man dead and another injured as they were walking a dog.

October 15, 2013 | | State


Fire chief defends emergency alert for charity event

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Northern California fire chief is defending his agency's use of a countywide emergency alert system to send residents information about a charity pancake breakfast.

October 15, 2013 | | State


18-foot-long sea creature found off California coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.

October 15, 2013 | | State


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SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules for employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Bye, bye plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC reviewing admissions, tuition

OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Mayor of SoCal city shot to death

BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


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