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Berkeley voters to decide sidewalk-sitting ban

July 11, 2012 | | State


San Diego freeway sign sitter surrenders

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who perched on a San Diego freeway sign for more than eight hours, jamming traffic for miles, has surrendered to authorities.

July 11, 2012 | | State


It's not lunacy: Not-a-planet Pluto boasts 5 moons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion.

July 11, 2012 | | State


High-powered lesbians create own PAC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, her politically active family's sole Democrat, and a sister with three brothers, Laura Ricketts is comfortable being the odd woman out.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Feds target popular Oakland pot shop for closure via property seizure

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that has been billed as the largest pot shop on the planet has been targeted for closure by federal prosecutors in Northern California, suggesting that a crackdown on the state's medical marijuana industry remains well under way.

July 11, 2012 | | State


House Democrats fall short in blocking food stamp reductions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats fell short in efforts Wednesday to block cuts to the food stamp program as the House Agriculture Committee moved ahead on a half-trillion-dollar bill to fund farm and nutrition programs over the next five years. Similarly, a Republican attempt to make deeper cuts to the program was defeated.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Governor issues furloughs for last 2 labor groups impacting 11,000 state workers

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued a furlough order Wednesday for more than 11,000 California workers whose unions have yet to reach a deal for a 5 percent wage cut.

July 11, 2012 | | State


Another California city opts for bankruptcy

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - In this sweltering Southern California city, officials tried to keep the budget in check by selling assets, cutting spending and asking public employees to take a hit as tax revenues dwindled.

July 11, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE: TRACY MOTEL OWNER, 62, KILLED BY NAKED MAN: TRACY (AP) - Tracy police are investigating the death of a motel owner who was allegedly killed by a naked man in her business office.

July 10, 2012 | | State


Peter O'Toole retires with 'dry-eyed farewell'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peter O'Toole is retiring from show business, saying he no longer has the heart for it and that it's time to "chuck in the sponge."

July 10, 2012 | | State


Appeals court to examine Calif. ballot numbering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An appeals court is asking the California secretary of state to explain why Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative should be first on the November ballot.

July 10, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UC tuition could rise sharply if tax measure fails

July 10, 2012 | | State


Family of soldier sues security firm over death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of a California soldier killed in Afghanistan sued a military contractor for rehiring an Afghan national as a security guard after he allegedly threatened to attack U.S. troops and eventually killed two service members and wounded four others.

July 10, 2012 | | State


Injured hiker saves rescuer hit by copter blades

REDDING (AP) - When he broke his leg and needed to be evacuated from a national forest in Northern California, U.S. Air Force doctor Jeremy Kilburn never thought he would be called on to save the life of his rescuer.

July 10, 2012 | | State


Firefighters try to outrun heat wave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters on Tuesday scrambled to ward off several blazes burning thousands of acres across California as an anticipated heat wave was expected to peak by midday.

July 10, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State


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