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Lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers waded into the ongoing battle over corporate money in politics Thursday with a resolution that supports overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case, which has led to a flood of money from deep-pocketed donors in this year's presidential race.

March 22, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN CUTS OFF HIS HAND WITH KITCHEN KNIFE: ADELANTO (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California man deliberately cut off his hand with a kitchen knife, but it's not clear why.

March 22, 2012 | | State


Man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty for celeb hacking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Mavericks big-wave surfing contest unlikely

March 22, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SF SHERIFF CHARGED WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Over the past nine weeks, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi hasn't spoken to his wife and has seen his 3-year-old son only sporadically.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Salinas counselor arrested on sex, porn charges

SALINAS (AP) - Police have arrested a high school counselor whose computer allegedly contained videos of students engaged in sexual activity in his office, authorities said.

March 21, 2012 | | State


California mosque sues city over denial of application to rebuild and expand

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mosque filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the small suburban city of Lomita engaged in religious discrimination when it rejected an application to rebuild and expand the worship facility.

March 21, 2012 | | State




LA council urges curbs on derogatory radio speech

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council called on TV and radio broadcasters Wednesday to keep their hosts from spouting crude slurs, citing Rush Limbaugh's reference to a woman as a "slut" and a KFI show calling Whitney Houston a "crack ho."

March 21, 2012 | | State


Wife: 'Kony 2012' director suffers from psychosis

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The director of a wildly popular video about brutal African warlord Joseph Kony has been diagnosed with brief psychosis and is expected to stay in the hospital for weeks, his wife said Wednesday.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Oakland to pay legal fees in public search by cops

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland officers' decision to pull two men's pants down on a public street after they were stopped by police has cost the city about a million dollars.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PG&E wants to offset fine for pipeline blast

March 21, 2012 | | State


‘California inmates petition UN to monitor prisons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney for hundreds of California inmates held in solitary confinement because of their gang ties on Tuesday petitioned the United Nations to intervene to stop the practice and investigate living conditions and prisoners' health.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Three online date sites agree to screen for predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three online dating giants agreed to screen for sex offenders and take other safety steps after a woman was assaulted on a date, the California attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Drake’s Bay could be named as explorer's landing place

PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - The U.S. government is poised to settle the long-running historical dispute over where British explorer Sir Francis Drake stopped on the West Coast to repair and restock his ship during his 16th century journey around the world.

March 20, 2012 | | State


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Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


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