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LA teacher named National Teacher of Year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A seventh-grade English teacher in suburban Los Angeles known for inspiring students with creative lessons was named 2012 National Teacher of the Year on Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | State


PG&E seeks to avoid paying punitive damages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. wants to avoid paying punitive damages to survivors of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, claiming in recent court filings that the blast was an accident rather than the result of mismanagement.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Starbucks to open on Disney properties

ANAHEIM (AP) - Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth."

April 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Yahoo president settles divorce after long & bitter tiff

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former president of Yahoo and her husband reached a settlement Monday in their long-running divorce involving about $71 million in real estate, stock, cash and other assets.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Nuclear plant developing plan to go back online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the idled San Onofre nuclear plant said Monday it is closing in on figuring out why hundreds of steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Measure to ban death penalty qualifies for November ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A measure to abolish California's death penalty qualified for the November ballot on Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

HEARING TO SET PROCEDURES IN SHERIFF'S ETHICS CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city ethics commission plans to set the ground rules Monday for the misconduct case against Ross Mirkarimi, the sheriff who was suspended after being charged with domestic violence.

April 23, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

SLAIN NORCAL CARJACKING SUSPECT HAD TROUBLED PAST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man fatally shot by police after leading officers on a 14-hour manhunt that shut down one of Northern California's busiest freeways had a criminal past and struggled with addiction.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Scout troop rescued when temps top 90

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hot and tired members of a Southern California Boy Scout troop were rescued during a 10-mile hike after temperatures topped 90 degrees.

April 22, 2012 | | State


More officers seek counseling after big incidents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two mass killings just 10 days apart sent spasms of shock through the San Francisco Bay area and also took a toll on the police officers who had to sort out the carnage.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies after vote 15 years ago

BERKELEY (AP) - Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't?

April 22, 2012 | | State


Document: PG&E noted weld defects on pipeline years before explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An old memo just revealed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to California pipeline regulators indicates the company had noted weld defects on the same line that exploded in San Bruno in 2010 years before the fatal blast occurred.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Explosion, fireball in NorCal, Nevada likely meteor entering atmosphere

TRUCKEE (AP) - A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Action slow so far on Brown’s state employee pension reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's been six months since Gov. Jerry Brown put forward his proposals to make the public pension system more affordable, yet action on his 12-point plan has been nearly imperceptible.

April 22, 2012 | | State


Stockton diocese settles abuse case for $3.75M

STOCKTON (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Stockton has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a lawsuit by a former altar boy who said he was molested by a priest in the 1980s and church officials didn't do enough to stop it, attorneys for the alleged victim and the diocese said Friday.

April 21, 2012 | | State


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Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


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