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BOY COULD FACE BATTERY CHARGE FOR SPITTING: CHULA VISTA (AP) - A 12-year-old Chula Vista boy who spit out of a school bus window faces a misdemeanor battery charge because the spit went through the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle and landed on a man and his daughter.

June 22, 2012 | | State


GOP blocked from California pension reform vote advanced by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While Democrats announced a budget agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican lawmakers in Sacramento were blocked this week from bringing public pension reform for a vote.

June 22, 2012 | | State


State may act on mortgage protections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats who control California's Legislature have come up with a new plan to regulate the state mortgage industry that gives homeowners more leverage against their lenders.

June 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Woman who left babies in car barred from Nordstrom

June 22, 2012 | | State


Bill lets Caltrans skip newspaper notices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California newspaper publishers objected Thursday to a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown that would let the state's transportation department post legal notices on its own website instead of in newspapers and trade journals.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Families say they weren't told of 9/11 scholarship fund from specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who lost parents or spouses in the Sept. 11 attacks were unaware of a scholarship program funded by fees from a specialty memorial license plate, while millions of dollars from the plates went to plug the state's persistent budget deficits.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Governor Brown won't try to block bullet train environmental lawsuits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is dropping his attempt to shield California's high-speed rail project from possible environmental challenges - at least for now.

June 21, 2012 | | State


California's budget deal cuts welfare, health care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will close its projected $15.7 billion budget deficit by restructuring the state's welfare program, streamlining health insurance for low-income children, and reducing child care coverage and college aid, as part of a deal Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | | State


SoCal may see record scorchers in coming years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California could see a record number of scorching days by mid-century as climate change heats up its cities, deserts and coastline, according to a study released Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Man convicted in 1976 bus kidnap released

CHOWCHILLA (AP) - One of three men who kidnapped a busload of California school children has been released from prison after more than 35 years behind bars.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Foreclosure attorney facing loss of law license in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawyer who achieved national notoriety for advising clients to break into and reoccupy their foreclosed homes is facing the loss of his law license, the State Bar of California announced Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Highlights of budget deal between Brown, Democrats

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced a deal Thursday for closing out remaining issues in California's budget. The governor demanded deeper cuts to help deal with the state's projected $15.7 billion deficit after lawmakers passed a $92 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN HELPS ELDERLY WOMAN NAB ROBBERY SUSPECT: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland carpenter is being credited with helping a 90-year-old woman catch a robbery suspect who allegedly knocked her down outside a convenience store and stole her wallet.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Teen pleads not guilty in Lamborghini theft

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge on Wednesday denied a defense request to try a Northern California teen charged with stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini separately for another crime in which he allegedly shot at a teenaged girl and her boyfriend.

June 20, 2012 | | State




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Articles by Section - State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


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