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Acton fire burns 126 acres; 30 homes evacuated

ACTON (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA MAY BAN GAY TEEN 'CONVERSION' THERAPY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.

May 08, 2012 | | State


As deadline nears, proposals surface to save up to 50 of 70 parks set to close

FRESNO (AP) - With a July 1 deadline approaching for dozens of California state parks on a budget closure list, legislators are scrambling to keep them open with bills meant to raise money through specialty license tags and improved entrance fee collections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


University of California weighs more tuition hikes upwards of 6 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters reject the governor's tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Over 1,300 tubes damaged at ailing San Onofre nuclear reactors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


TWO LOCAL RACES TIGHT

THE 9th DISTRICT: In a swing district in the Central Valley, the 9th Congressional District, Ivy League-educated law student Ricky Gill has established himself as a newcomer to watch in the GOP. He turns 25 this month - the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House- and has snagged endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Gill has raised more than $1.1 million, about equal to the amount raised by the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney. National Republicans consider Gill one of their top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent this year.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Political reforms translate into tight House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Members of Congress are facing a new reality in California: competitive elections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


New Border Patrol strategy targets repeat crossers

SAN DIEGO (AP) - With border crossings at a 40-year low, the U.S. Border Patrol announced a new strategy Tuesday that targets repeat crossers and tries to find out why they keeping coming.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Biggest celebration set for May 27 along waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is turning 75 this year. And what a historic span it's been. Big, bold and orange, the bridge is a beloved symbol of San Francisco and one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Authorities find car sought in missing teen case

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Investigators have located a vehicle that may be connected to the abduction of a Northern California teenager who's been missing for nearly two months, authorities said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE 75TH ANNIVERSARY PAVILION OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A pavilion marking the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary has opened to the public, providing a place for visitors to learn more about the history of the famous span.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Occupy protesters urged to leave UC Berkeley land

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Occupy activists who took over farmland owned by the University of California, Berkeley on Monday planned to respond to campus demands to vacate the property.

May 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

FIGHT AT TULARE CO. CEMETERY LEAVES TEEN DEAD: DINUBA (AP) - Authorities are searching for a group of people involved in a fight at a Tulare County cemetery that resulted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy.

May 07, 2012 | | State


NRC chair: No timetable for Cal nuke plant restart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday there is no timetable for restarting the sidelined San Onofre nuclear plant on the Southern California coast, where investigators are trying to determine the cause of unusual wear on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

May 07, 2012 | | State


Court reverses order for VA system overhaul; says it is Congress’ concern

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Monday reversed its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system.

May 07, 2012 | | State


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Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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