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Calif. Senate OKs bill to reduce reliance on pupil tests to determine school performance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker is trying again to make California schools less dependent on student testing after a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

May 29, 2012 | | State


New earthquake faults found west of Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE (AP) - Scientists studying earthquake faults in the mountains west of Lake Tahoe say new, high-resolution imaging technology has helped uncover more substantial seismic hazards than previously thought to exist there.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Quake backup power probed at ailing San Onofre nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that might have temporarily cut off the plant's emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR ORDERS AUDIT OF SPECIALTY PLATE PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered an audit of California's specialty license plate program after a review by The Associated Press found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Legislation would allow sports wagering at California card rooms, race tracks, casinos

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would be in a position to allow sports betting at race tracks, card rooms and casinos under a bill approved by the state Senate.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State 9/11 fund raided for deficits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

May 29, 2012 | | State


Measure would protect workplace religious freedom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects.

May 29, 2012 | | State


Oakland police, ATF nab 90 suspects, 100 guns in operation

OAKLAND (AP) - Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that nearly 100 guns and dozens of violent criminals have been taken off the streets of Oakland as part of an ongoing multiagency crackdown involving undercover federal and local officers.

May 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUSTIN BIEBER WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN SCUFFLE: CALABASAS (AP) - Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley entrepreneur lived at AOL office complex for more than two months

PALO ALTO (AP) - Some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs are known for their humble beginnings. Internet startup founder Eric Simons is following that tradition.

May 28, 2012 | | State


UCLA faculty votes on privatizing business school to break free of state funding ebbs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal that would privatize the University of California Los Angeles' business school but allow it to remain affiliated with the state university is moving ahead.

May 28, 2012 | | State


List of US national parks with highest smog levels

FRESNO (AP) - Sequoia National Park, home to the giant redwoods, suffers the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. Here are the parks in the National Park Service system with the highest smog levels and the number of days monitors recorded violations last year:

May 28, 2012 | | State


Sequoia smog damaging pines, redwood seedlings

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural heartland to the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

May 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers work together to keep state parks open amid budget woes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have a hard time agreeing on most budget matters, but the effort to keep state parks open is encouraging rare bipartisan deal-making.

May 28, 2012 | | State


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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


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